Acid Rain Effects

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Acid Rain as a Human Endeavour
Acid rain is a global phenomenon that has many causes and even more different consequences as a result. The main cause of acid rain is the burning of fossil fuels and motor vehicles. The result of these actions get released into the atmosphere. All of these fuels that are getting burnt and running motor vehicles are releasing multiple acids into the atmosphere that gets collected by the clouds and stores them in their moisture. As a consequence, when it rains, the acids that have been collected by the clouds then transfer to the water and get released with the rain. Hence the term “acid rain”. The acids released into the atmosphere can also be collected by snow and hail. These acid pollutants in the air can be carried by wind current extremely easily, therefore this phenomenon can affect many places far away from the initial site.
Although rain water is naturally acidic, sitting at pH of 5.66.5 due to the dissolved carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Acid rain further increases this acidity, to a pH lower than 5.6, making the rain harmful to many things. Including; plants, soil, marine wildlife and many different kinds of building materials (eg. Limestone and marble will get eroded by acid rain). Note: Every drop of “1” in pH level increases the acidity by 100x. The main acids that get released into the air are: multiple sulfur oxides (SOx), which are also released by volcanoes; and nitric oxides (NOx), which are also released into the

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