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[Air] Acid rain

by Eco Generation | 02-06-2011 10:24 Comments 87 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

acid rain

1.what is acid rain?

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pH is a measurement of acidity or basis of a liquid, whose scale goes from "0" to "14". Water, in general, is 7 (right in the middle). Acids are found between "0" to "7" and bases are from "7" to "14".
Because rainwater often contains carbon dioxide in the air, it is more or less acid. In this vein, pH level of 5.6 is deemed normal acidity in nature and rain whose pH scale falls below 5.6 is generally referred as 'acid rain'.

2.how acid rain is formed?
1. sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are emitted in the air from smokestack of factory and power generation plant, and vehicles2. sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are mixed with other gases, travelling to the cloud.
3. inside the cloude, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. reacting with wather. creates sulphuric acid and nitric acid. both are strongly acid4. acid rain is a rain that contains bot sulphuric and nitric acids.

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-The effects of acid deposition on forests are widespread and dramatic. Acid rain cause leaves and needles to wither, which can seriously damage trees and plants.  
-While soils are able to neutralize acid rain when rainwater soaks into soil, the extent to which soils can do this depends on several factors. Thus, when soils are not fully capable of neutralizing, acid rainwater contaminates soil and destroys soil microorganisms that not only help decompose fallen leaves and dead animals but also provide plants with necessary nutrients. Soils without microorganisms become infertile and make it difficult for trees to grow, as there is no nutrient to sustain life. 
- Acid rain also results in damaged tree root systems, which is caused by toxic heavy metals in the soil, which gradually weakens tree roots and the plants. 

4. domage by acid rain(II):adversely afferting lake, river and the sea.
Besides negatively affecting people and forest, acid rain has bad influence on aquatic ecosystem.
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- Acid rain harms aquatic ecosystems. 
- Certain species such as snail, freshwater crabs, salmon, and trout cannot survive in acid water of which the pH level is 4.5 or below. 
- Acid rain decreases the population of plankton, threatening the entire aquatic food chain and ecosystems. 

5. domage by acid rain(III):it destroys building
- Acid rain has a corrosive effect on buildings and sculptures. For example, acids are mainly responsible for archaic marble statues with a disfigured nose. Likewise, acid rain can cause important cultural monuments and buildings to deteriorate, thus depreciating heritage and cultural assets. [Air] Acid rain_04

6. domage by acid rain knows no national borders
[Air] Acid rain_05 Because acid rain travels through wind, it affects wide region including the area it originates.
The below illustration shows contaminants from UK, Germany or the Netherlands are carried far to the forest or lake of Sweden or Norway via acid rain.
Urban pollutants contained in acid rain of US industrial cities harms Canadian environmental system while acid cloud originating from China often cause acid rain shower in neighboring regions.
written by Jeonghee Sohn
animated by Amanta


Juvairiyah Batool

  • Juvairiyah Batool says :
    Yes every industry should have treatment plants for reducing toxic wastes into less toxic wastes
    Posted 18-06-2020 12:42

Apsara Sapkota

  • Apsara Sapkota says :
    This improved my knowledge on the subject matter
    Posted 26-03-2020 20:54

thobeka shabane

  • thobeka shabane says :
    All of these starts from 'AIR POLLUTION'
    Posted 02-10-2019 18:20


  • SOMO GUYO says :
    Quite Insightful
    Point no. 6, lets keep our neighboring countries safe but controlling our industrial effluent
    Posted 18-07-2019 21:34

  • Aman Jangid says :
    Thanks for the information !! It's very nice way to tell the hazardous of acid rain with very good visuals
    Posted 29-06-2019 19:03

Sachin Regmi

  • Sachin Regmi says :
    Nicely presented concept on acid rain.
    Green Cheers from Nepal :) :)
    Posted 23-01-2019 12:34

  • Amy Lim says :
    Thanks for sharing. :)
    Posted 10-06-2018 17:05

  • Amy Lim says :
    Thanks for the information :)
    Posted 05-06-2018 18:14

  • says :
    Awesome visuals! Helped in making kids understand the adverse effects of acid rain. Thanks for sharing!
    Posted 19-02-2017 17:54

  • T Anudeep Reddy says :
    Point number six is worth remembering!
    Posted 04-01-2017 14:08

  • says :
    the way the article is illustarted is short and easy to understand
    Posted 06-11-2016 15:53

  • says :
    Sometimes, Earth looks like a huge 'jenga' that becomes risky when only one block changes

    Posted 02-02-2016 15:59

  • says :
    I once did an experiment related to acidity, and I did some research doing that project. I believe tht if anything increases even though it is not known to be harmful to the earth, it makes problems
    Posted 02-02-2016 15:58

  • says :
    so upsetting that this is what our factories and cars are doing to the planet.
    Posted 28-10-2015 20:27

  • says :
    It is very harmful for every living organism but specially plants and crops get affected...
    Posted 24-10-2015 11:42

  • says :
    Truly, this is a serious problem. In Korea, because of acid rain, traditional heritage made out of marble (like temples) is getting destroyed. I believe that industrialization is responsible for this problem, and as stated in the article, this is a global issue that cannot be ignored in every country. I believe that obviously, it is everyone's duty to give an effort to lessen the pollution on our planet, Earth. Thanks for the informative article.
    Posted 22-02-2015 11:21

  • says :
    Thanks for sharing this informative article:)
    Posted 30-11-2014 16:33

  • says :
    100% true.acid rain has a really bad influence on our environment
    Posted 30-11-2014 16:32

  • says :
    I've read a lot about acid rain, this is pretty alarming! thank you for the article, it helped me a lot
    Posted 30-11-2014 02:00

  • says :
    Thanks :)
    Posted 25-11-2014 17:53

  • says :
    For me, another interesting, yet scary effect of acid rain, is how it can damage monuments and thus I believe that proper knowledge of geographical and biological matters is extremely important for the conservation of our history.
    Posted 21-11-2014 07:30

  • says :
    very much informative
    Posted 16-11-2014 16:47

  • says :
    People started to understand more about acid rain during the Industrial Revolution
    Posted 16-11-2014 09:16

  • says :
    One of the negative implications of acid rain is that it will corrode metal sculptures.
    Posted 16-11-2014 09:15

  • says :
    Thanks for posting!
    Posted 15-11-2014 21:41

  • says :
    This improved my knowledge on the subject matter
    Posted 03-11-2014 10:09

  • says :
    Very insightful!
    Posted 03-11-2014 10:09

  • says :
    Thank you!
    Posted 03-11-2014 10:09

  • says :
    This is very informative and true about acid rain.we all want to plant trees and prevent acid rain.thanks a lot for information.
    Posted 21-10-2014 01:06

  • says :
    Thanks for information which is main cause of global warming...
    Posted 25-01-2014 00:30

  • says :
    awesome! This made me an opportunity to learn chemistry!
    Posted 24-01-2014 13:10

  • says :
    Thanks for posting! :)
    Posted 18-01-2014 15:42

  • says :
    Posted 31-12-2013 20:20

  • says :
    nice share
    Posted 31-12-2013 19:48

  • says :
    new info for me!
    Posted 31-12-2013 00:10

  • says :
    cool info
    Posted 30-12-2013 02:35

  • says :
    its very harmful especially to crops
    Posted 29-12-2013 18:20

  • says :
    its very hazardous
    Posted 27-12-2013 02:32

  • says :
    very nice it enhance my learning skill
    Posted 22-12-2013 20:03

  • says :
    Posted 22-12-2013 11:30

  • says :
    its very harmful.. great illustration
    Posted 22-12-2013 02:03

  • says :
    its very much informative
    Posted 19-12-2013 02:54

  • says :
    Its very harmful
    Posted 17-12-2013 19:31

  • says :
    quite informative and of course this post improved my learning.
    Posted 16-12-2013 15:17

  • says :
    i have learn extra thing about acid rain its too harmful
    Posted 15-12-2013 00:07

  • says :
    Nice diagram
    Posted 12-12-2013 14:59

  • says :
    This is the one of the thing I really scared :/ If you live in a city near a industrial site.
    Posted 10-12-2013 06:57

  • says :
    Acid rain affects buildings but more importantly plants and animals. This is our fault and we should try and work together to try and fix this problem because we are having so much problems with this. It not only affects us but it also affects other places.
    Posted 04-12-2013 21:07

  • says :
    thanks for the knowledge
    Posted 01-12-2013 01:14

  • says :
    hope acid rain stops in India so that Taj mahal may remain white
    Posted 01-12-2013 01:14

  • says :
    Let us try and improve the atmosphere

    Posted 29-11-2013 19:37

  • says :
    Acid Rain is not only causing problems in the particular place but it is also affecting the regions a little far away

    Posted 29-11-2013 19:34

  • says :
    Nice diagram thanks for sharing, Asid Rains are very harmful ?? wish it will stop
    Posted 25-11-2013 01:20

  • says :
    It is really harmfull for every human being so we have to be carefull .Thanks for sharing.
    Posted 23-11-2013 02:37

  • says :
    So informative
    Posted 17-11-2013 16:00

  • says :
    thanks for sharing, very informative!
    Posted 31-08-2013 04:10

  • says :
    Easy to understand what actually the acid rain is and how it is becoming fatal to our lives
    Posted 24-08-2013 21:38

  • says :
    Really cool :)
    Posted 24-08-2013 17:28

  • says :
    And mine
    Posted 12-08-2013 21:22

  • says :
    good illustration
    Posted 11-08-2013 09:31

  • says :
    still we don't have proper system to reduce the emission of these harmful gases
    Posted 08-08-2013 20:06

  • says :
    i learned a lot. thankss! :D

    Posted 06-08-2013 15:46

  • says :
    i learned a lot. thankss! :D

    Posted 06-08-2013 15:46

  • says :
    it enhance my learning!
    Posted 31-07-2013 14:19

  • says :
    it's informative!!
    Posted 30-07-2013 00:20

  • says :
    animation is really lovely here!!
    Posted 29-07-2013 03:16

  • says :
    it's scary!!
    Posted 29-07-2013 03:15

  • says :
    yeah, it's the reality........
    Posted 29-07-2013 00:08

  • says :
    fun way of presentation really loved that..
    Posted 22-07-2013 01:04

  • says :
    Posted 17-07-2013 15:38

  • says :
    Acid rain is a serious issue, thanks for the information
    Posted 16-07-2013 21:18

  • says :
    I learnt a lot, thank you for the information
    Posted 16-07-2013 21:16

  • says :
    yes, its true. Here i learnt something new that acid rain clouds transfer through wind, thank you for the information
    Posted 14-07-2013 14:18

Aaditya Singh

  • Aaditya Singh says :
    Great presentation of the topic with colourful illustrations. I will share this with my schoolmates.
    Posted 18-06-2013 21:34

  • says :
    I increased my knowledge today. Illustrations are nice
    Posted 17-06-2013 01:20

Rohan Kapur

  • Rohan Kapur says :
    This is really harmful & hazardous.
    Posted 16-06-2013 21:28

  • says :
    It is very harmful
    Posted 22-05-2013 15:19

  • says :
    effective learning material..
    Posted 13-04-2013 14:28

  • says :
    i learned many things
    Posted 31-03-2013 22:38

  • says :
    More serious, we can't see its harm with our eyes.
    Posted 11-03-2013 15:45

  • says :
    Acid rain is scary. It's not limited to a certain region
    Posted 25-02-2013 19:50

  • says :
    Yea I am happy to see soaring use of hybrid cars these days. It can clearly be one of the solution for air pollution.
    Posted 25-02-2013 10:01

Jeonghyun Lee

  • Jeonghyun Lee says :
    I could learn that acid rain is closely related to air pollution, both of which are nasty things.. Thanks for informing, and I love the graphics!
    Posted 23-02-2013 19:25

  • says :
    We should prevent sulphur and nitrogen oxides to enter in the atmosphere via chimneys of factories and there is lot of research going on to reduce the amount.
    Posted 23-02-2013 17:56

  • says :
    yup true and its very hazardous for everyone , whether it's animals , human beings , buildings , soil , atmosphere , etc.
    Posted 23-02-2013 17:55

  • Simran Vedvyas says :
    This improved my learning too
    Posted 23-02-2013 01:35

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