Air Pollution - Rishil Patel 1 It is an established fact...

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Rishil Patel 1 It is an established fact that air is the most essential element for all living organisms and yet, most humans play a big role on polluting this essential resource. We as humans poison our air every day by throwing out enormous piles of garbage, burning tons of fossil fuels, and driving millions of miles each year. However, do we truly know how much this affects our society and our Earth? There are three factors that causes air pollution: acid rain, global warming and ozone depletion, which effects our living environment. Acid Rain is a term that consists of acid rain, snow, fog, and particles. It occurs when the moisture in the air mixes with Carbon, Nitrogen, and Sulphur gases, which are released into the air by the burning of fossil fuels (natural gas, coal and oil). The primary source of the gases comes from electric companies that burn coal. Damage caused by acid rain is tremendous. The acid in the rain bonds with the minerals in the soil, tying them up so that plants cannot use them. Then, the plant becomes mineral deficient and weak. The rain also kills the plant's leaves, further weakening it and making the plant more susceptible to fungus and other diseases. This is a major agricultural problem. In addition, the rain affects lakes, rivers and the animals living within them. The plants in the lakes and rivers are killed in the same way as land plants. The fish and other animals are left with no food. The animals that do survive are killed from the metals being drawn into the water from the soil, when the acid bonds to them. Moreover, many architectural structures are destroyed from the acid rain. Most of the cement used to make our buildings is made from lime, which is very reactive with acid. One of the affects of acid
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Pricellalitorja during the Spring '08 term at N.E. Illinois.

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Air Pollution - Rishil Patel 1 It is an established fact...

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