Acid rain is primarily caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The majority of these emissions, in the United States, come from electric power generation from sources such as coal.
Acid rain is caused when sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides mix and are released into the air. These compounds then mix with the water, oxygen and other chemicals to form what is called acid rain. These pollutants dissolve very easily and rise high into the atmosphere being carried by the wind and becoming apart of rain, sleet, snow and fog.
Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
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