Explain circumstances leading to acid rain. How does acid rain affect us?

Nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxides are the pollutants that react with the water vapour present in the atmosphere to form sulphuric acid and nitric acid. These acids come down with the rain, making the rain acidic. This is called acid rain. Acid rain can occur in the form of rain, snow, fog, hail, or even dust.

Following are the effects of acid rain:
  • It increases the corrosion of metals.
  • It damages buildings and sculptural materials.
  • It removes basic nutrients such as calcium from the soil.
  • It causes direct damage to plants and crops.
  • It causes skin eruptions in human beings.

[Extra information: 

 Given above is an image of a tombstone destroyed by acid rain.

Acids are corrosive in nature and are a strong dehydrating agent. When corrosive acids react with the skin, they hydrolyze the fats. Strong acids are harmful to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.

When an acid reacts with the skin, it develops redness, pain, peeling, and blistering. When the acid comes in contact with the eyes, it may cause watering, pain, open sores, and blindness.]


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Updated on: 15-Mar-2023


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