When tyres wear out, where does all the rubber go?

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Debbie Watson asked the Naked Scientists:

My Dad in Flatpoint, New Zealand wants to know: when your tyres wear down, where does the rubber go?

Hope you can help. I'll be listening to Ask the Naked Scientists if you have the answer.

Debbie.

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Offline graham.d

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When tyres wear out, where does all the rubber go?
« Reply #1 on: 18/07/2008 11:40:50 »
Abraded off on to the road surface or burnt by friction. It is a good point that there must be a fair bit of rubber dust about because, except for certain places, you don't see the roads blackened by it. I guess most of it gets washed away via the drains.

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When tyres wear out, where does all the rubber go?
« Reply #2 on: 18/07/2008 12:07:46 »
This question was asked some time ago. Here's the thread
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When tyres wear out, where does all the rubber go?
« Reply #3 on: 18/07/2008 13:18:56 »
Great...*goes to provide alternative link from sheepys post*
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When tyres wear out, where does all the rubber go?
« Reply #4 on: 18/07/2008 13:20:04 »
Great...*goes to provide alternative link from sheepys post*

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