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Acid rain is precipitation of higher than normal acidity Manmade increases in the acidity of precipitation are traced mainly to the burning of coal oil and gas by heavy industry and electrical utilities Burning these fuels releases sulfur and nitrogen oxides Sox and Nox to the atmosphere where they combine with water vapor to produce sulfuric acid H2SO4 and nitric acid HNO3 The acids in the atmosphere are carried and deposited on the earths surface in the forms of rain snow and other precipitation Acid rain in Canada is very harmful since it causes damage to manmade structures it poses a threat to our living earth and in addition it is very expensive to control Although there is not yet a sure way of eliminating acid rain it is very expensive to control Adding lime to lakes affected by acid rain may neutralize the lakes Studies prove that adding lime to pretentious lakes produces a buffering action The more lime a lake possesses means that there is more buffering capacity present which in turn means that the lake will survive longer The lime quite similar to the limestone at the bottoms of certain lakes neutralizes the acid by buffering the lakes Ontario has begun dumping lime into its lakes in an expensive attempt to save them Dumping lime into lakes is an expensively precise way of controlling acid rain yet it is not the only way Other ways of controlling the damage caused by acid rain include breeding fish which are resistant to acid washing high sulfur coal and adding scrubbers to smoke stacks Breeding fish which are unaffected by acid is viewed as a ridiculous idea by many The idea has not yet been tested and the policy allowing this to be implemented will take approximately 3-5 years to come through Experiments however breeding anti-acid fish have been tested and the results did not compare with the other ways of controlling
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