Environmental Effects Of Acid Rain

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Acid rain refers to rain water that has a pH level below 5.6. It has been identified as one of the major causes of environmental pollution in the world today. There are different domestic and industrial factors that cause acid rain. Acid rain is rain that is polluted. The pollutants go up to the atmosphere and when it rains, it brings the pollution down with it. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide are the gases that form the acid rain. When these gases mix with moisture it can make rain, snow, hail, or even fog. The scientific term for acid rain is acid deposition which means when the acid is taken from the air and is deposited on the earth. Major industries, coal burning factories, power plants and automobile engines are the main sources of…show more content…
It strips forest soils of nutrients and damages farm crops. Acid rain can also corrode stone buildings, bridges, and priceless monuments. Acid rain can also be harmful to humans because acid rain kills the crops and fish we eat, ruins homes, and the acid can release lead in the pipes and the lead could go into our drinking water. It is hard to determine where acid rain may fall next, because the wind from a polluted area could carry pollution to another area and the acid rain could fall there. In a lot of places acid rain isn't a problem because some soils can neutralize the acid and it doesn't affect the crops. The soil in these places cannot neutralize acid rain deposits, then the nutrients are stripped which means the crops in those places may not survive. In conclusion, the paper has shown that acid rain is extremely harmful to people and the environment. It has, however, been shown that most causes of acid rain are man-made and can be avoided. Every individual and industry must make an effort to decrease the emanation of toxic gases into the atmosphere, to decrease the occurrence of acid

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