Humans began to interfere with the sulfur cycle at the start of the industrial revolution with the burning of fossil fuels. Acid rain is an example of the consequence of the interference with the cycle. Emissions from fossil fuel burning and nitrate emissions react with other chemicals in the atmosphere and produce a sulfate salt, which then falls as acid rain.
Burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil, as well as smelting mineral ores like aluminium and copper, results in the creation of sulfur dioxide (SO2). Other man made sources of sulfur dioxide include cement manufacturing, paper pulp manufacturing, metal smelting, locomotives, and large ships. Tobacco smoke, gas/kerosene heaters, stoves, and car exhausts are other common sources.
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