The history of asphalt goes back much longer than many people realize. Asphalt pavement was in use long before the automobile was invented, and asphalt had many applications besides road construction. Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about asphalt.
• Asphalt is the top choice for roads in the United States. Of all the paved roads in the country, approximately 94 percent of them are surfaced with asphalt.
• Asphalt is a popular choice for airport runways. Even the airports that handle high volumes, such as O’Hare International, Baltimore-Washington International and San Francisco International, have built asphalt runways due to the pavement’s smoothness, ease of maintenance and durability.
• The ancient Babylonians were using asphalt for paving streets as early as the 7th century B.C.E.
• Researchers have discovered that the merchant ships sailed by the ancient Phoenicians used asphalt caulking for waterproofing.
• Asphalt pavement can be completely recycled. Every year, there is more asphalt pavement recycled in America than paper, plastic, glass and aluminum combined.
• Asphalt does not leach any toxic chemicals into the soil or water. In fact, asphalt is so environmentally safe that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved its use in fish hatcheries, as a liner for public water reservoirs, for mulches used for germinating seeds and as a protective liner for landfills.
• The famous aqueducts constructed during the time of the Roman Empire were waterproofed with asphalt. The Romans also used asphalt for waterproofing their reservoirs and public baths.
• The ancient Egyptians made use of asphalt in a variety of ways. For example, the mummification process utilized asphalt, and asphalt was the mortar that held rocks together in the construction of walls built to stop erosion along riverbanks.
• Asphalt was first used in the United States during the 1860s for crosswalks and sidewalks. However, the United Kingdom and other European countries had been constructing asphalt roads since the early 1800s.
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