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Acid rain is a serious problem with disastrous effects Each day this problem seems to increases many people think that this issue is too small to deal with this problem needs to be solved head on and it should be solved before it gets too late In the fallowing paragraphs I will be discussing the impact it has on the wild life and our atmosphere how our atmosphere is being and becoming destroyed by acid rain Acid rain is a cancer eating into Eastern Canada and the North Eastern United States In Canada the main sulphuric acid source are nonferrous smelters and power generation On both sides of the border cars and trucks are the main sources for nitric acid about 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 currents can send them thousands of kilometers from the source When the acids fall on to the earth in any way or form it will have a 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 an acidic one This is why many lakes in Muskoka Haliburton Algonquin Parry Sound and Manitoulin districts could lose their fisheries if sulphur emissions are not reduced substantially Canada does not have many people power plants or automobiles as the United
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