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Acid rain was at one time an important point of

contention between the United States and Canada.


of this acid was the result of the emission of

sulfur oxides by coal-fired electricity-generating

plants in southern Indiana and Ohio. These sulfur

oxides, when dissolved in rainwater, formed sulfuric

acid and hence "acid rain." How many metric

tonnes of Indiana coal, which averages 3.5% sulfur

by weight, would yield the H2S04 required to produce

a 0.9-in. rainfall of pH 3.90 precipitation over

a 104 square mile area?

The answer is 3.4 * 10^4 tonnes, i just don't know how to get it

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