Air Pollution Project

Acid Rain By: Shea Keske

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Acid Rain

What is Acid Rain?

Rain is slightly acidic but rain that contains more acid than normal is known as acid rain. How does acid rain form? The burning of coal that contains a lot of sulfur produces oxides, substances composed of oxygen and sulfur.

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How is acid rain formed?

Acid rain is caused by a chemical reaction that begins when compounds like sulfur and nitrogen oxides are released into the air. These substances can rise very high into the atmosphere, where they mix and react with water, oxygen, and other chemicals to form more acidic pollutants, known as acid rain.

Where do the chemicals in acid rain come from?

Power plants release the majority of sulfur dioxide and much of the nitrogen oxides when they burn fossil fuels, such as coal, to produce electricity. In addition, the exhaust from cars, trucks, and buses releases nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide into the air. These pollutants cause acid rain.

What are the causes and effects of acid rain?

Causes of Acid Rain. Two elements, sulfur and nitrogen, are primarily responsible for the harmful effects of acid rain. Sulfur is found as a trace element in coal and oil. When these are burned in power plants and industrial boilers, the sulfur combines with oxygen to form sulfur dioxide(SO2).

How to reduce acid rain.

There are several ways to reduce acid rain more properly called acid deposition, ranging from societal changes to individual action. It is critical that acid deposition be reduced, not only in the United States and Canada, but also throughout the world to preserve the integrity of natural habitats, as well as to reduce damage to man made structures.