Date: Wed Jan 4 01:52:52 2006
Posted By: Kai Bester, assistant professor, waste and waste water mangement, institute for environmental analysis
Area of science: Chemistry
Wood is not affected by seawater chemically.
However it is subject to biological attacks. Important effects are
microorganisms (biofouling), growing of mussels and especially of worms that eat
This is why wrecks of wooden ships do not last long in seawater, while similar
wrecks can be found after centuries in fresh water.
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