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Acid Rains

All living things need water to live. Rain is very important for life because, rain brings us the water we need. But in many places in the world even where you live, rain has become a threat. That means today, rains have changed into acid rains.


What are Acid Rains?

The rain water polluted with poisonous and acidic gases is called Acid Rains. Most of the acid gases are blown into the sky, and when they mix with the clouds it can cause rain to become more acidic.
E.g. – Lemon juice, vinegar are all acidic. Rain is naturally acidic, but acid gases make it even more acidic, sometimes as acid as lemon!

Examples for acid gases


1) Nitrogen oxide

2) Sulphur dioxide

Causes of acid rain


1) Burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil

2) Motor vehicles

3) Electricity generation

4) Industrialization

5) Urbanization

6) Use of engines and machines

7) Volcanic eruptions (Nature can also produce acid gases, such as volcanoes. When they erupt, the smoke that comes out of the crater is also full of acid gases.)

Air pollution all over the world


Air pollution can be carried all over the world. When acid gases are released, they go high up in the sky. Then they are pushed by strong winds towards other countries. When rain is acidic, it affects what it falls on.
Read the lesson Air Pollution to know more about it.


Bad effects of acid rains


On trees and plants

The acid takes away important minerals from the leaves and the soil.


On lakes and water life

Aquatic animals like fish and aquatic plants may end up dying, because they cannot survive in acidic lakes.


On our health

Water we drink from taps can be polluted by acid rain, which can damage the brain.


On buildings and statues

Acid rain can also damage buildings and statues because the acid eats into metal, stone and plastics.
E.g. – The Statue of Liberty in the USA

Taj – mahal in India

Eiffel Tower in France
Read the lessons Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming.