Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 31

Corrosion & Decomposition

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • According to 2007 U.S. Bureau of Transportation statistics, 53% of Rhode Island's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, the highest rate in the nation.

    • Since 1946 nearly 1,000 ships have been mothballed at Suisun Bay.

    • The relays on most airbag systems are gold plated. Gold resists corrosion on this life-saving device.

    • Every year 11 millions tons of plastic, 10% of the world's total output, enter our seas.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: Our world is falling apart. Bridges collapse, pipelines explode, buildings decay, it's an all out war on rust and rot. The Navy has taken the battle indoors while robots take on pipeline intrudes and automakers dream up new torture tests for vehicles. But mountains of decaying garbage produce energy and the termite that attacks 600,000 homes each year may lead to an energy promise land. Now, Corrosion & Decomposition on Modern Marvels.

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