When iron goes and oxidizes,
We often find a few surprises…
When ladder looks a tad-bit rusted,
It really can’t be so well-trusted…
Might make ladder bad to climb…
Not too strong,
Before too long…
When iron’s reddish, it’s just rust,
Can turn some metal into dust!
Yes, iron mixed with oxygen,
Throw a little moisture in,
Oxidizes, makes it rust,
And rusty iron’s hard to trust…
A reddish corrosion that develops on iron as it reacts with oxygen and water (In general, corrosion is a reaction of a metal with oxygen and water).
Although corrosion can contribute to the protection of certain types of metal, rust, is typically a porous and brittle substance, which over time will break loose, causing damage to the object.