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Chemistry And Effects Of Acid Rain

730 words - 3 pages

Kerim Sermet
Dr. Ian Alberts
SCC 101
28 May 2014

CHEMISTRY AND EFFECTS OF ACID RAIN

Living in a clear atmosphere has become a very important issue ever since the

start of Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. Transmition from hand manufacturing

to machines and the use of coal as a fuel was no doubt more efficient but had serious

consequences. The biggest negative consequence is the release of greenhouse gases and

its effects on the atmosphere. Perhaps the most recognised problem that revolves around

this issue is global warming. However, acid rain is another big threat to the environment

and human health.


Acid rain occurs when the ...view middle of the document...

When water becomes too acidic, it dissolves harmful

substances from soil such as aluminum and releases it to water. Aluminum has toxic

effects on animals and often cause them to die. Some of the lakes in North America is

affected by acid rain. One of them is the Plastic Lake, located in Ontario,Canada. The

Plastic Lake is reported to be low in calcium, a mineral necessary for aquatic ecosystems

to survive. One of the reasons for that is the surrounding bedrock doesn't have enough of

the mineral. Acid rain isanother reason for decreasing calcium levels of the lake. Many

organisms require 1.5 mgper lt or higher to survive. Scientists have analyzed calcium

levels to be below 1.5 mg/lt under the effects of acid rain. The harmful effects are said to

be permanent. Even long after the acid rain, necessary minerals in the soil cannot be

reproduced.

Acid rain harms forests and plants. We already talked about acid rain's

effects on soil and water. Same thing applies to forests as the trees and plants feed from

the soil. Acid rain can harm and destroy the leaves but that's not enough to kill a tree.

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