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Does copper rust?

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Answered 2011-09-22 18:25:04

No, it doesn't. The Statue of Liberty looks green because copper has a property of getting green due to carbon dioxide and the moisture in the air. That is not rusting; it is called copper patina.

The term rusting is reserved for the corrosion of iron.

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