is the rain acidic?



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    Not all rain is acidic, but acid rain is a serious issue that harms plants, animals, and humans.  Acid rain occurs when there are high amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids in the atmosphere.  These acids can come from environmental sources, such as erupting volcanoes or decomposing vegetation, but the majority of these acids get into the atmosphere from human use of fossil-fuels.  Fossil-fuels burning lets out emissions that contain the gases sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.  When mixed with the natural chemicals of the atmosphere, these gases create sulfuric and nitric acid, which, when mixed with water, can then return to earth in the form of acid rain.

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