Acid Rain 8 Essay

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Acid Rain 8


Acid Rain is a type of air pollution, which is formed when oxides of sulfur and nitrogen
combine with atmospheric moisture to yield sulfuric and nitric acids, which may then be
carried long distances from a source before they are deposited by rain. This pollution may
also take the form of snow, fog, or a dry form of precipitation. Acid rain is currently a
subject of great controversy because of widespread environmental damage, for which it has
been blamed, including eroding structures, injuring crops and forests, and threatening or
depleting life in freshwater lakes.

The problem of acid rain originated during the Industrial Revolution, and has been growing
ever since. The severity of its effects has long been recognized in local settings,
exemplified by the spells of acid smog in heavily industrialized areas. The widespread
destructiveness of acid rain, however, has become evident only in recent decades. One
large area that has been studied extensively is northern Europe. In 1984, for example,
environmental reports indicated that almost half the trees in Germany's Black Forest had
been damaged by acid rain. This form of pollution has also particularly affected the
northeastern United States and eastern Canada.



Industrial emissions have been blamed as the major cause of acid rain. Because the
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