Acid rain, also known as”acid deposition”, is something we all have heard about, but it’s not uncommon not to fully understand what it means. Astringent precipitation is only rain, but with a higher concentration of acidity, meaning a lower pH value. You see, all rain has a small level of acidity as a result of mixing with naturally occurring oxides from the air.
Normal rain has a pH level between 5 and 7, making it either slightly acidic, slightly alkaline, or neutral. High acetic rain measures in at pH levels between 2 and 4. The most astringent rain ever recorded had a pH value of 2, which is similar to your household vinegar or lemon juice, which has pH values between 2.2 and 2.3.
What Causes it?
Acid rain is caused by air pollution resulting from burning coal and other fossil fuels, and the following chemical production from those procedures. Factories, power stations, and motor vehicles are a huge contributor to this kind of air pollution. When rain falls from these clouds, it is higher astringent rain.
How Does This Affect the Environment?
It’s suggested by scientists and scientist that acid rain dissolves essential minerals and nutrients in soil before plants and trees can use them. It’s thought that as a result, forests and coastal environments are declining in several parts of the world. More studies are still being conducted on the link between forest/aquatic decline and acetic rain, in various areas of the world.
Will it Hurt You?
Astringent rain cannot hurt humans or animals, directly. Since high acidity rain has pH levels similar to your everyday household vinegar or lemon juice, it will not burn your skin or damage you. Likewise, it will not burn or harm animals or pets .
Can it Damage Gardens?
Higher acidity rain can slow the growth and production of plants, trees, and more since it limits the number of minerals and nutrients they get from the soil. However, the chances of acid rain affecting your spring and summer gardens this year are very unlikely. The effects of acid rain take a substantial amount of time, and a considerable amount of high-acetic precipitation.
In very tiny doses, acid rain won’t likely harm you. In actuality, the majority of drinking water is seldom neutral since it contains a minimal amount of dissolved minerals. What’s more, all rain is naturally acetic, with an average pH around 5.6 or so. Truly acidic rain which you can’t drink because it will harm you can only be found in extreme environments, like in the mouth of an active volcano; so drinking acid rain is not a severe or necessary concern.
How Can We Stop it?
Using renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind power are highly effective initiatives for reducing air pollution and dangerous residual chemical production.