EFFECTS Acid rain actually leaves a serious effect on aquatic environment. Acid rain either falls directly on aquatic bodies or gets run off the forests, roads and fields to flow into streams, rivers and lakes. Over a period of time, acids get accumulated in the water and lower the overall pH of the water body. At pH 5, most fish eggs cannot hatch. At lower pH levels, some adult fish die.
Acid rain causes waters to become acidic and triggers them to absorb the aluminum that moves from the soil into aquatic settings such as lakes and rivers. This mixture causes waters in these water bodies to become toxic to marine life such as clams, crayfish, fish, and others. Acid rain also harms forests environments, particularly forests that are located at higher elevations. This harmful rain drains the soil of vital nutrients and discharges aluminum into the soil; this makes it difficult for trees to take up water. The consequences of acid rain, joined with other ecological stressors, cause leaves and plants to lose the ability to endure insects, cold temperatures, and disease.
Unfortunately the effects of acid rain does not stop as just rain, once on the ground the acidic particles mix with the water, making the water acidic and is carried as runoff into the surrounding streams and lakes, and any other nearby bodies of water. (Editorial Board (2014). This is also the case with other kinds of acid precipitation, eventually the snow or ice will melt and will run off and will effect nearby bodies of water (Editorial Board (2014). Acidic precipitation is a common occurrence in metropolitan areas because of the pollution from cars, factories, and power plants dew to the overwhelming amount of pollution in these
(NREL, 2001) Hydropower plants do not produce air emissions into the atmosphere but they can affect the water quality and natural habitats of wildlife animals. However, hydropower plants are now being designed and operated to minimise the impacts on the river. For example, by diverting a portion of the water flow around the dams to mimic the natural flow of the river but it is also reduced the power plant’s output. Other approaches such as improved turbines are also used to assist fish with their migration and lower the number of fish being killed. (NREL,
However, during acidic precipitation, the acid rain can interact with the soil and affect the nutrients in the soil, which can lead to destructive outcomes. For instance, as acid rain seeps into the soil, it is neutralized by minerals such as calcium, which serves as a buffer in the soil (Mello 61). In fact, in a study on a soil in a Chinese forest, it was found that soils have a natural buffering capacity (Qiu 5). As a result, minerals that help neutralize acid rain can get used up and not be available for the
Acid rainfall is harmful to forests, lakes, streams, buildings and other objects and can cause certain health problems. Example: Acidity results from dissolution of carbon dioxide in the water producing carbonic acid: CO2(g)+H2O(l) H2CO3(aq)H(aq)+HCO3(aq) This chemical reaction shows that, when carbon dioxide is mixed with water, it forms acid rain (H2CO3). The acidic solution forms an H2CO3. H2CO3 is an Arrhenius acid because the solution contains an excess of H+ ions. Normally rain is already slightly acidic because there is
One of the major problems that acid rain can cause in a human being is respiratory problems. Many can find it difficult to breathe, especially asthma patients. Asthma, along with dry cough, headaches and throat irritations can be caused by the sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from acid rain. Acid rain can be absorbed by both plants and animals. When humans eat these plants or animals, the toxins inside of their meals can affect them.
Acid Rain have always been a problem for many countries. Countries with increase in industrial activity like china have seen an increase of acid rain. Romano Froehlich 51958554 HES4801 4 | P a g e 2. Concept "Acid rain" is a popular term referring to the deposition of wet (rain, snow, sleet, fog, cloudwater, and dew) and dry (acidifying particles and gases) acidic components. Distilled water, once carbon dioxide is removed, has a neutral pH of 7.
Introduction: Rain is one of the most essential ingredients for the survival of human and animal life on Earth. Although rain is naturally acidic, it is being increasingly acidified by the presence of pollutants in the environment. The term used to describe this problem is “acid rain”  Burning of fossil fuels for industrial and transport sector have led to increase in concentrations of gaseous and particulate pollutants in the atmosphere leading to air pollution.  The oxides of Carbon, Sulfur and Nitrogen present in the air combine with the moisture in the air and form sulphuric acid, carbonic acid and nitric acid, respectively. When it rains or snow, these acids are brought to the earth in what is called acid rain.
Acid rain falls not only on the land but also on the lakes, rivers and streams, then make a disaster for the ecosystem for the species that live there. In Sweden acid rain made the lakes so acidic and was the reason behind the death of all the fishes there. The pH concentration will change if the lakes or the streams became acidic, and this will unfortunately cause problems for the fish species and its eggs also. At pHs that is lower than 5 the fish's egg can't be hatch and this will cause later a decline in the fish population and later it might be eliminated. If acid rain falls it will also affects the plants that some animals depends on as a source of food and this will also be a reason behind death of many animals populations (internet