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Effects of Acid Rain on the Taj Mahal

Effects of acid rain and pollution on the Taj Mahal.
by Johnny Sellino on 3 May 2011

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Transcript of Effects of Acid Rain on the Taj Mahal

ATTENTION: AN ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS BULLETIN The Taj Mahal is in trouble! For those that don't know what the Taj is. It's loacted in Agra, India. It was built between the years of 1631-1653. The Taj was built as a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan, who died after giving birth to her 14th child.
So what's happening to the Taj Mahal? Acid rain is deteriorating the colossal Taj Mahal! So what is acid rain?
Acid rain is rainfall made sufficiently acidic by atmospheric pollution that it causes environmental harm . So what's going on at the Taj?
When acid rain (which is made up of mostly sulphur) falls on limestone, marble, sandstone, it deteriorates and breaks it down into a fine powdery substance that washes away easily with rain.
THE TAJ MAHAL IS DEGRADING! In addition to that, pollution from the Mathura Oil Refinery, and emissions from cars, homes and various factories, are turning the milky white marble of the Taj, a sickly yellow! So what can we do/What's being done?! "Only corrective measures to make the nearby environment eco-friendly and shifting hazardous industries (away) can help in restoring the lost glory of the Taj Mahal." Sapa-dpa One of the things being done, was the creation of the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ). The TTZ is a 10,400 km2 area around the monumet where stric emission standards and regulations are put into place. But what can the average folks do?
GO GREENER! By reducing the materials that go into acid rain, and reducing our emission rate, we can save the world's greatest treasures like the Taj and preserve them for future generations! We can't reverse the effects of acid rain and pollution on the Taj Mahal, but what we can do is:
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