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Acid Rain

science project.

Chrystal Kingstad

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of Acid Rain

The Effects of Acid Rain on the Environment by: Chrystal Kingstad the sulfur dioxide is mixing with the hydrogen and oxygen atoms to make sulfiric acid also known as a type of acid rain. Effects of Acid Rain on the Environment weakens trees, especially when they are at higher heights.

removes essential nutrients from the soil and releases aluminum into the soil causing difficulty for trees to aubsorb water through their roots. In regions where granite is close to the surface and where the soil has been reduced nutritionally by logging and forest fires the soil has problems nutralizing the acidity when it rains acid rain. increases intake of aluminum increases the amount of Sulfur and nitrogen in the soil weakening the trees with the effected soil can cause infestations by the bark beetle and disease Caused by: Volcanoe erruptions release chemicals that cause acid rain. most acid rain is caused by human activites burning of fossil fuels by coal-butning power plants
automobiles when nutrients and heavy metals are filtered from the soil and carried by runoff and groundwater into streams and lakes they kill aquatic life because the aluminun disolved by the acid rain is highly toxic to many aquatic animals and plants. acid rain can kill new growth of trees causing problems with growth of new trees to replace the old dead ones prevention: when you add lime to affected water it reduces the pH of the water reducing the acidity in the process
reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide
burn non-fossil fuels: nuclear or renewable fuels, instead of fossil fuels: coal.
burn low-sulphur coal instead of regualr coal: reduces sulphur emissions by 15%
energy-efficient car engines
lead free petrol: major problem in the United Kingdom
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