Acid Rain - The Burning Issue - Acid rain is causing heightened concern as eroded monuments, lifeless lakes and dying forests proliferate worldwide. Industries fueled by coal, particularly smelters and power plants, are prime sources of chemical and nitrogen oxide. These pollutants, expelled into the atmosphere, can be carried for hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles by prevailing winds. The chemicals may then mix with other chemicals in the atmosphere to produce caustic or poisonous substances and be rained or simply settle onto the landscape below.
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