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Acid rain looks feels and tastes just like clean rain but there is a difference that is found on the pH scale Acid rain is formed by one of three processes In some cases hydrochloric acid can be directly let off into the atmosphere Mostly nitrogen oxides or sulfuric dioxides are released into the atmosphere in the form of gases After being released into the atmosphere sulfur dioxide settle on the land and come in contact with dew that is also known as acid rain Acid rain affects many different ecosystems present on the Earths surface One of the greatly affected ecosystems is the forest and soil Sulfuric acid is the cause of the damage to the trees When it falls like rain it washes away the nutrients trees need to live on The trees are then starved to death due to the lack of nutrients such as calcium and magnesium Studies have showed that calcium and magnesium nutrients are washed away from their growing spots when sulfuric acid enters the system Nitrogen oxide and nitric oxide also components of acid rain can force trees to grown even thought they do not have sufficient nutrients Another of the effects of acid rain is on lakes and aquatic ecosystems There are several ways in which the acidic chemicals can enter the lakes Some chemical substances exist as dry particles in the air while others enter the lakes as wet particles such as rain snow sleet hail dew or fog Lakes can almost be thought of as the sinks of the earth where rain that falls on land is drained through the sewage systems eventually make their way into the lakes Avid rain that falls onto the earth washes off the nutrients out of the soil and carries toxic metals that have been released from the soil into the lakes Another harmful way in which acids can enter the lakes is spring acid shock When snow melts
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