|Circa 1810? Anyone buying that?|
|Can #2 today, caked in salt, otherwise pristine|
But take a can and place it at, say, the beach. Well, gee, what do we have at the beach that's abrasive and can rub off an outer protective film layer repeatedly? (This is a rhetorical question: there are no points for answering.)
So the future task is clear: toss a can into a bag of sand, shake it vigorously once a day, then let it spend the rest of its time in a bucket of seawater. And see what happens.
In the meantime, a last tidbit. In 2008, Americans recycled 53.2 billion cans. But they consumed 98.3 billion cans. Say only 1% of the 45.1 billion non-recycled cans got littered and found their way into the sea. That's 451 million cans added to the sea floor. Each year. And that's only from the U.S.
So maybe this year, a partier tossed a beer can into the ocean. From there, maybe it settled down to the bottom in a nice little nook. Where it lay, and lay. Then maybe in late 2209 a large storm will wash up that ancient soda can onto the beach. And maybe in the summer of 2210, your great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter will wander the beach and step down on a sharp, jagged bit of that can, as it finally rots away.
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