The Effect Of Acid Rain On The Environment Essay

1069 Words May 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Colorado gets about 15.9 inches of rainfall per year. Rain used to be one of the best things that could happen in this state, but as humans pollute our world more and more, rain is becoming harmful. Our precious rainfall is becoming more and more acidic, which is causing harm to plants, wildlife, buildings, and humans. This acidic rain is commonly referred to as acid rain and more properly known as acid deposition. This research will thoroughly examine acid rain, it’s causes, the effects on the environment, and some possible solutions to slow the damage. Acid rain is simply rain that is acidic. This rain comes in many forms that include some dry and wet deposition. The smog that you see above cities is actually a dry form of acid rain. Pure water has is a 7 on the pH scale. Clean rainfall is a 5.6 on that same scale because it reacts with the natural carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and forms very dilute carbonic acid. Acid rain has a pH ranging from 4.0 to 5.0. Every whole number below 7 is ten times more acidic that the previous number. That means that acid rain is 60 to 160 times more acidic than clean rain. The cause of acid rain is very definitive and clear. Acid rain is caused by humans. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides released into the air by the burning of fossil fuels. Water(rain) molecules react with these harmful gases as they fall through the sky, causing them to become more acidic. The emission of these gases also causes the dry deposition forms of acid…

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