Acid Rain

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Acid rain is pollueted rain. 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 automoble engines are

the main sources of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide which caues acid rain.

Volcaneoes and forest fires also causes sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Some

of the many problems that come from acid rain is the killing of of many plants and

underwater life in thousands of lakes and streams around the world. 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

pollueted area could carry pollution to another area and the acid rain could fall

there. The regions effected more by acid rain is large parts of eastern North

America, Scandinavia, and central Europe. In alot of places acid rain isn't a

probelm because some soils can neutralize the acid and it doesn't effect the

crops. Areas more sensitive to acid rain is in the western United States most of

Washington all of Oregon, sectons of California and most of Idaho. Maine,