Acid Rain: The Environment, Its Trees, and Solutions to the Problem.
Famous inventor, Buckminster Fuller said, ?Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we?ve been ignorant of their value.? Acid rain, more formally known as acid deposition, is one contaminant that scientists are starting to show a great deal of concern for. The effects of acid rain are devastating to our environment. It particularly shows harmful side-effects on trees, which happen to be a human and animal air source. To understand acid rain and its effects on trees, my paper covers the process in its entirety. It is an overview of what acid rain is, how it is formed, and how it damages trees. It also contains solutions that involve the government, factories, and society. All of these components are important to understand how acid rain can be prevented and why it damages our environment.
Acid rain is somewhat of a confusing process but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done extensive research on what acid rain is and how it is formed. Firstly, acid rain is somewhat of a broad term that can be defined as; ?acid that falls out of the atmosphere.? Acid deposition can come in two forms, wet and dry. Wet may be in a state of fog, snow, or rain. Dry refers to acidic gases and particles. The EPA has confirmed that sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen are the major causes of these hazardous depositions. All of these chemicals come from factories, cars and electricity.
The very root of the process begins at factories that generate electricity that relies on burning fossil fuels like coal. Acid rain also depends on the over-usage of everyday human needs such as transportation and electric appliances. When these fuels are released into the air they are transformed into sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. Once these gases are released into the atmosphere they react with water, oxygen, and other chemicals to form acidic compounds.