Silicon vs Silicone

Silicon readily bonds with oxygen and is rarely found in nature in its pure form. You've likely seen silicon as silicon dioxide or silica, better known as quartz, which is the most common component of sand. Silica also comes in other mineral forms, such as flint, jasper and opal. When silicon and oxygen mix with reactive metals, the result is a class of minerals called silicates, which includes granite, feldspar and mica. Silicon has many industrial uses: as silica, silicon is a key ingredient in bricks, concrete and glass. In its silicate form, the element is used to make enamels, pottery and ceramics.
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Boat Rust & Corrosion

Boat rust and corrosion is a very real concern for the recreational and industrial boat owner or operator.  This article does a great job explaining/describing the problem and what to look out for.  Every type of corrosion has many different grades of strength/destruction.  Wear, tear, erosion, temperatures, electric current ... it all plays a factor.  As the article indicates, knowing what to look out for and catching it early in the process helps contribute to the success of preventative maintenance.  Another key aspect is by understanding the source of the corrosion, one can help control it or at least mitigate its effects.  Wouldn't it be great to prevent the problem before it even starts?!
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