Indian Pier Crumbling in Saltwater

Photo Credit: Andrew Sisson

Seen here is yet another example of the crumbling infrastructure that humans depend on in our day to day lives. This is a reinforced concrete pier in India that is in bad shape. Note how the resteel is clearly visible on the near columns and beams and is even completely exposed on all sides on a few of the columns farther away. Knowing that this is salt water makes the situation even more upsetting. This is due to the chlorides in the water corroding the steel even faster than if it were in fresh water.