Did you know that a large number of America’s bridges are aged 50 years or older and suffering from corrosion. This quiet attack on our nation’s infrastructure effects more than just our transportation.

For example, the 2006 Alaskan oil spill that let thousands of barrels of oil escape into the Pacific Ocean was caused by a dime-size leak. That leak was a product of corrosion that had affected more than 100 miles of pipeline.

Although these types of disasters may seem like freak accidents, the dangers of corrosion present a real threat in our day-to-day lives.

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Corrosion affects both our pocket and our safety, costing each American citizen an average of $970 per year according to a 2002 report by NACE International. Corrosion is the only natural disaster that is at work every minute of every day. This quality truly makes corrosion a silent menace.

Many places in the U.S. rank high on the corrosion severity scale, with coastal cities in Hawaii, California and Texas coming in on top. However, this issue hits home because all of Florida, including Orlando, also has a high ranking on this scale!

This scale measures corrosion-causing environmental factors such as moisture, hot air, humidity, salt water presence, pollution and acidity to define the severity of corrosion in a particular place. Orlando, a warm, metropolitan area near the coast, plays host to each of these factors.

An awareness of corrosion is of the utmost importance since it so pervasively affects the environment in which we live, work and play.

Be sure to check out the Orlando Science Center’s newest exhibit “Corrosion: the Silent Menace” opening March 16 to learn about the dangers of corrosion and how we can work to prevent it in our everyday lives!


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