Surface exposure dating

This type of design imitation is known as biomimicry.The variety among biofouling organisms is highly diverse, and extends far beyond attachment of barnacles and seaweeds.

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Calcareous (hard) fouling organisms include barnacles, encrusting bryozoans, mollusks, polychaete and other tube worms, and zebra mussels.Biofouling occurs everywhere but is most significant economically to the shipping industries, since fouling on a ship's hull significantly increases drag, reducing the overall hydrodynamic performance of the vessel, and increases the fuel consumption.Biofouling is also found in almost all circumstances where water-based liquids are in contact with other materials.Biofouling or biological fouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or animals on wetted surfaces.Such accumulation is referred to as epibiosis when the host surface is another organism and the relationship is not parasitic.In some instances the hull structure and propulsion systems can become damaged.

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