There are several sources for “acid rain.” Burning garbage and smoke released from chemical plants can effect the ph levels in rain. It can also come from volcanoes and decaying vegetation.
“Acid rain occurs when these gases react in the atmosphere with water, oxygen, and other chemicals to form various acidic compounds. The result is a mild solution of sulfuric acid and nitric acid. When sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are released from power plants and other sources, prevailing winds blow these compounds across state and national borders, sometimes over hundreds of miles.”
I could not find any material suggesting that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch causes acid rain. Acid rain comes from excess gases in the atmosphere (usually sulfur and nitrous oxides) that change the ph of rain to be more acidic. Since what makes up the plastic of the garbage patch are not emitting gas, I don’t think they would be contributing to acid rain. Not that there is any shortage to the problems it does contribute to, especially to marine life.
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