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sacrificial metal

Have you ever heard of the word 'sacrificial'? It means giving something up for a good reason. Now, let's talk about metals. Metals are very useful because they can be made into things like cars, airplanes, and even buildings. But sometimes, metals can get damaged because of something called "corrosion". When metals rust, they get weaker and can break.

To stop this from happening, scientists have found a way to protect metals from rusting. They use something called "sacrificial metal". This is a metal that can rust instead of the metal that we want to protect. It's like having a big brother who protects you from the bullies by getting hit instead of you.

Imagine you have two toys - one is your favorite, and the other one you don't really care about. If you play with both of the toys every day, the one that you don't really care about might get damaged more quickly. This is like using a sacrificial metal to protect your favorite metal object from rusting.

The idea is simple. If you have a metal that is likely to get rusted, you protect it by using a piece of metal that will rust before your important metal does. That way, the piece of metal that you want to protect stays safe and strong, and you don't have to worry about it breaking. So, scientists use sacrificial metal to keep other metals in good condition!
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