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acid rain

Today, the most dominant cause of soil and water acidification is the airborne deposition of:
  • sulphur (mainly from burning of coal & oil);


  • nitrogen oxides (e.g. from vehicles);


  • ammonia (mainly fro livestock farming);
These substances released into the atmosphere eventually return to the Earth as acid rain.

Did you know?
  • Hongging (China) has been defined as the ‘world acid rain capital’: rain is sometimes so acid that it can dissolve steel;


  • within Europe, Britain is the largest sulphur dioxide polluter and Manchester is the ‘acid capital’ of Europe.

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