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National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program Report to Congress: An integrated assessment

January 14, 2012

Acid deposition, more commonly known as acid rain, occurs when emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) react in the atmosphere with water, oxygen, and oxidants to form various acidic compounds. Prevailing winds transport the acidic compounds hundreds of miles, often across state and national borders. These acidic compounds then fall to earth in either a wet form (rain, snow, and fog) or a dry form (gases, aerosols, and particles). At certain levels, the acidic compounds, including small particles such as sulfates and nitrates, can cause many negative human health and environmental effects.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2011
Title National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program Report to Congress: An integrated assessment
DOI
Authors Douglas A. Burns, Mark E. Fenn, Jill Baron, Jason A. Lynch, Bernard J. Cosby
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Series Title The National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP) Report
Series Number
Index ID 70007175
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center

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