What are the side effects of acid rain?



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    Bodies of water suffer greatly from acid rain because the water runs off into them.  Over time, this lowers the pH of the water and disrupts the ecosystem, in some cases making it unlivable for plants and aquatic life. 

    In forests, acid rain causes leaves to fall off, it damages bark and stunts growth.  These side effects can leave the tree susceptible to disease.  The acid entering the soil kills microorganisms, changes nutrients and sometimes results in calcium deficiency.  Any disruption of the forest ecosystem obviously negatively impacts animal life as well.  50% of the forest in Germany and Poland and 30% in Switzerland has been damaged by acid rain.

    Acid rain can disintegrate stone on buildings, pipes, cars, bridges, planes, and more.

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