Atmospherc Issues

Topics: Acid rain, Sulfur dioxide, Sulfuric acid Pages: 4 (1256 words) Published: February 23, 2013
Atmospheric Issues
William Macintosh

Atmospheric Issues

In this paper I will be talking about Acid rain in this atmospheric and the issues behind it. “Acid rain is also called acid precipitation or even acid deposition is precipitation possessing a pH of 5.2 or below primarily produced from the emission of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx; the combination of NO and NO2) from human activities mostly the combustion of fossil Fuels”(Butler and Likens, 2012) I will also comparing and contrasting the indoor air pollution tobacco smoke with acid rain. “Tobacco smoke pollution, or secondhand smoke, comes from two places: Smoke breathed out by the person who smokes and from the end of a burning cigarette” (Clean Air Council). The reason why I chose tobacco smoke is because my portents smoke while I was growing up in the house.

“Acid rain comes from the term referring to a mixture of wet and dry deposition that comes from the atmosphere that contains higher than normal amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids” (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2007). Emissions of Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that make up acid rain will then go into the environment. But there are many different contributors to help make up acid rain; they can both be man-made and also natural resources. Some of the natural sources that can help make acid rain are volcanoes or decaying vegetation. Some that are man-made source would then been fossil fuel combustion (U.S. environmental Protection Agency, (2007). When you are reading chapter 9 it does state, “nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides in the atmosphere react with water to produce dilute solutions of sulfuric acid (H2SO4), nitric acid (HNO3), and nitrous acid (HNO2)”(Berg, L.R., Hager, M.C., & Hassenzahl, D.M (2011). And that is when the acids will then return to the Earth’s surfaces as the acid precipitation or acid rain.

Acid rain are hurting the rivers and lakes because it turns them into...
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