Acid rain and it impacts on living things and the enviroment

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Based on research, by the year of 2005 more than 95,000 lakes and streams in the Northern American regions will be damaged by acid rain. Acid Rain is rainfall or any other from of precipitation that has a pH less than 5.6. Acid rains are very destructive. It's form when oxides of nitrogen and sulfite combine with water and moisture in the air to form Nitric ad Sulfuric acid. These acid precipitations can carry far from their origins. Most of the time if it formed in the US, chances are it may not fall down until it reaches Europe. In this essay, I will talk about the causes, effects, and prevention of acid rain. Two primary sources of Acid Rain are Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide. Sulfur Oxide is a colorless gas that is released as a by-product of combusted fossil fuels containing Sulfur. Industrial processes, like the production of iron, steel, utility factories, and crude oil processing produce this gas.

In iron and steel production, the smelting of metal sulfate ore, produces pure metal. Just like Thomas Friedman, the author of The Lexus and the Olive tree had said: " They were, to put it another way, living a lifestyle based on heavy consumption of petrochemicals( from plastic to fertilizers), hydrocarbons (coal, gas and oil) and bent metals (cars, refrigerators, airplanes)". We, people nowadays would never live a day without the comfort of lights, and air conditioner. Perhaps, because of those needs we did make the problem of Acid rain become worse, based on some data collected people's everyday consumption of electricity made up a seventy percent of acid rain problem. Sometimes Sulfur Dioxide can be released into the air by natural means. But based on resources- volcanoes, sea spray plankton, and rotting vegetation only makes up ten...