Is there such a thing as acid snow?



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    Yes, and just like acid rain, it harms living things (especially in lakes, rivers, and the soil!)

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    Lauryn, I did some research cuz this is quite an interesting question and this is what I found.
    "Precipitation of whatever form normally
    occurs on hygroscopic particles.  These
    can be sulfate, salt, etc., that will
    dissolve in water.  The type of particle
    inherently gives the droplet or snowflake
    an acidity or alkalinity; it is usually
    acidic.  As rain or snow falls from clouds
    they remove other particles and gases
    that they run into, thereby absorbing
    other acidic particles and gases and
    becoming more acidic.  The more that they
    collect, the more acidic they become.
    Snow, being mostly frozen water, is not
    as efficient a collector as rain, so snow
    tends to be less acidic than rain.
    The typical pH (acidity) of rain in the
    Chicago area is 4.4 and of snow is 4.8.
    The lower the number, the more acidic the
    precipitation is."
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    The sulfur dioxide anions contribute to acid rain which therefore contributes to acid snow. The sulfur or nitrous oxide in no way prohibits the creation of acid snow. The sulfur dioxide content is equilivent in snow as in rain.

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