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Learning Issue #1 - Sean Durner The Dynasty April 14, 2010...

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Sean Durner The Dynasty April 14, 2010 In Brazil and Buenos Aires, the pH levels of the rain vary around 5. This means that they are lower than normal rain pH levels, and also that they are producing acid rain. Normal pH levels are naturally around 5.3 due to carbon dioxide dissolved in water and volcanic emissions of sulfur. Acid rain is rain with pH below 5.3. Tests have been run on several species of the local flora to test the effects of acid rain on that plant-life. When tested under simulated acid rain (SAR), many of the local plants suffered severe structural damage. They tested the effects of acid rain with more acidic SAR than acid rain in the area. This would mean that under the current pH levels of the rain in Brazil, the plants are slowly being destroyed, resulting in a subtle kind of deforestation. Without as much plant-life, Brazil will not be able to contribute as much to the reduction of CO 2 emissions. This would also cause for less nutrients to be broken down and used in the soil, such as nitrogen and other important chemicals. In England and London, the pH levels of the rain ranges from 4.1 to 5.1, meaning that it is mostly acid rain.
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