Scientists have found instances of acid rain killing entire areas of plants trees. Areas with thicker layers of soil are more resilient to the rain because the soil neutralizes the rain. Scientists believe the way in which acid rain kills or damages vegetation is by harming the leaves/needles/greenery hindering there ability to absorb light and gases. The trace amounts of aluminum present in some acid rain is poisonous to plant life when absorbed by the soil after heavy rainfall.
Acid rain is certainly detrimental to plants and other vegetative life. The pollutants in acid rain kill of micro organisms that release essential nutrients that plants and trees need to grow, stunting their growth and killing them. Additionally, acid rain destroys the waxy layer on plants, making them more susceptible to diseases. Plants and trees are also weakened by the acidity, which ultimately leads them to become more vulnerable to strong winds, heavy rainfall, insects, and cold temperatures.
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