Trees damaged by acid rain

Trees damaged by acid rain

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Credit: THOMAS NILSEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Acid rain damage to trees. Dead and dying trees in a once-thriving taiga forest due to the effects of acid rain and fumes from a nearby nickel smelting plant. The plant emits sulphurous pollutants which dissolve in atmospheric water to form acid. Normal rain has a pH of 5.6 but the gases acidify it to a pH of 4-4.5. Aquatic organisms are also affected as lakes and streams are acidified. Particles emitted by the factory also settle in nearby areas as a poisonous dust. Photographed near Monchegorsk in the Kola peninsula, northern Russia. This area is amongst the most polluted in Russia.

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Keywords: acid rain, acid rain damage, air pollution, atmospheric, conifer, damage, ef, effect, environment, environmental, forest, monchegorsk, nickel smelting, pollution, siberia, taiga, tree

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