Essay about Acid Rain Is Polluted Rain

1513 Words Sep 26th, 1999 7 Pages
Acid Rain

Acid rain is polluted 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
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Parts of western United States, Minneapolis, northeastern North America and east and north Canada are places in North America where the is more sensitive to acid deposits then any other places. Many factors, including the soil chemistry and the type of rock determine the environments ablity to neutralize the acid deposits from the rain. Soils naturally contain small amounts of poisonous minerals such as mercury, aluminum, and cadmium. Normally, these minerals do not cause serious problems, but as the acidity of the soil increases, chemical reactions allow the minerals to be absorbed by the plants. The plants are damaged and any animals that eat the plants will aborb the poisons, which will remain in the animals body and can hurt them or even kill them. The harmful minerals can also leach out of the soil into streams and lakes where they can kill fish and other types of living creatures. The problem gets even bigger and bigger when pollution dumps more minerals in the soil. For example, in some parts of Poland vegetable crops have been found to contain ten times more lead than is considered safe. Some plants need and require soil, and the farmers do not want lime to be put in there soil. If acid requiring plants, such as some types of shurbs, are put in alkaline soil those plants are very likely to start to look yellow and very sicklly very soon. Even if the water you give to the plants came from

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