The Effects of Acid Rain on Aquatic Life.
By Jason Folker Your walking alone in the woods one day and you realize it is about to rain soon. So you hurry as you try to make it back to your car before the rain comes, but as you are running you hear the little thumps on the leaves in the trees above you. Then you feel a sharp burning sensation on your arm. You look down and see a hole burning in your arm. You run faster but only feel more and more pain as little spots of burnt flesh start to cover your body. You trip on a dead tree landing on several large rocks breaking your leg. You scream for help but no one can hear you. The pain is unbearable, and you know now that you are going to die. To turn with you last ounce or strength to look at the your killer. You scream your last words "Why Acid Rain! Why?" .
Is this a realistic picture of what acid rain is? Of course not. Acid rain doesn't literally mean that acid, strong enough to burn skin upon touch, is falling as rain instead of water. So does that mean that acid rain is not a killer? To understand that answer to that question we must first define what acid rain is. .
According to the EPA:.
"Acid Rain" is a broad term used to describe several ways that acids fall out of the atmosphere. A more precise term is acid deposition, which has two parts: wet and dry. Wet deposition refers to acidic rain, fog, and snow.Dry deposition refers to acidic gases and particles.(EPA).
The two primary sources of acid rain is sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Automobiles are the main source of nitrogen oxide emissions, and utility factories are the main source for sulfur dioxide emissions. These gases evaporate into the atmosphere and then oxidized in clouds to form nitric or nitrous acid and sulfuric acid. Acid rain kills plant life and destroys life in lakes and ponds. .
Acid rain is very deadly, but not severely to humans as in the illustration. However, it is directly deadly to plants, animals, and fish that live around aquatic areas.