Acid Rain By Ashlee, Phoenix, Ben & Alatise
What is Acid Rain? • Acid rain is rain that has been made acidic by certain pollutants in the air. Acid rain is a type of acid deposition, which can appear in many forms. Like rain, sleet, snow or fog that has become more acidic than normal. • Acid deposition Acidic material that falls from the atmosphere to earth in either wet or dry (gases & particles) forms.
What effect does it have on the Air and Our Health? Breathing and lung problems in children have been linked to acid air pollution. Everything that we eat, drink and breathe has at one time come in contact with acid deposits. This could threaten our health by making us become sick. The following health problems occur each year in the U.S and Canada because of acid rain. • 550 premature deaths • 1,520 emergency room visits • 210,070 asthma symptoms days
What causes Acid Rain? Acid rain is caused by a chemical reaction that begins with compounds like sulfur dioxide & nitrogen oxides that are released into the air. These substances raised into the atmosphere, where they mix & react with water, oxygen ,& other chemicals to form acid rain. Sulfurdioxide & nitrogen oxides dissolve very easily & can be carried far by the wind. As a result, the two compounds can travel long distances where they become part of the rain, sleet & fog.
Bibliography • www.epa.gov • www.google.com • www.library.thinkquest.org