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THOUGHTS ON ACID RAIN Acid rain is a serious problem with disastrous effects Each day this serious problem increases many people believe that this issue is too small to deal with right now this issue should be met head on and solved before it is too late In the following paragraphs I will be discussing the impact has on the wildlife and how our atmosphere is being destroyed by acid rain Acid rain is a cancer eating into the face of Eastern Canada and the North Eastern United States In Canada the main sulphuric acid sources are non-ferrous smelters and power generation On both sides of the border cars and trucks are the main sources for nitric acidabout 40 of the total while power generating plants and industrial commercial and residential fuel combustion together contribute most of the rest In the air the sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides can be transformed into sulphuric acid and nitric acid and air current can send them thousands of kilometres from the sourceWhen the acids fall to the earth in any form it will have large impact on the growth or the preservation of certain wildlife Areas in Ontario mainly southern regions that are near the Great Lakes such substances as limestone or other known antacids can neutralize acids entering the body of water thereby protecting it However large areas of Ontario that are near the Pre-Cambrian Shield with quartzite or granite based geology and little top soil there is not enough buffering capacity to neutralize even small amounts of acid falling on the soil and the lakes Therefore over time the basic environment shifts from an alkaline to a acidic one This is why many lakes in the Muskoka Haliburton Algonquin Parry Sound and Manitoulin districts could lose their fisheries if sulphur emissions are not reduced substantially The average mean of pH rainfall in Ontarios Muskoka-Haliburton lake country ranges between 395 and 438 about 40
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