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Acid rain is any form of precipitation with high levels of Nitric and Sulfuric acids. It is caused by human activities and can occur in the form of snow, fog, or even dry matericals.
Burning fossil fuels releases Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxides into the atmosphere.
These gases react with water, oxygen, and other substances to form Sulfuric and Nitric acid.
Wind can spread the acidic solutions hundreds of miles.
Acid rain enters water systems as runoff and sinks into the ground, making water toxic for some aquatic animals.
Acid rain harms forests and robs soil of essential nutrients. It also makes it hard for trees to take up water.
What we can do . . .
We can help by designing cleaner power plants and burning fewer fossil fuels.
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