I think it has something to do with pollution getting into rain clouds, but I’m not sure.
Acidic rain is rainfall with acidic content in it. The acid which is sulfuric and nitric acids is due to atmospheric pollution caused by volcanoes, decays, industries and other man-made sources. Acid rain is the result of sulfur acid and/or nitrogen acid reacting with the water, oxygen and other chemicals in the atmosphere. The acid chemicals in the air are blown around by the wind and once the acid chemicals interact with rain, snow, mist, or fog, it flows down and is absorbed by the environment affecting humans, animals and plants.
The term “acid rain” stems from chemicals being released into the atmosphere from industrial complexes, power plants and man-made pollutants that are acidic in nature, and mix with normal rain, snow, or fog upon decent to the earth. Interestingly enough, acid rain comes in not just the wet version, but also a dry form as well. The same chemicals are released into the air and blow in the wind to become stuck to solid objects like buildings and trees, and are washed off during a normal rain storm, adding acidic properties to the run-off water. The chemicals typically associated with acid rain are sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which generally come from burning oil and coal for power. Acid rain deals damage more so in the subtle poisoning of soil, water sources and living organisms than the popular “rain that melts things” scenario.
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