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Q.  What is Acid Rain?
A.  Acid Rain is precipitation that contains high amounts of chemicals.
 
Q.  What chemicals make rain acidic, and how does it occur?
A.  HNO3(Nitric Acid), H2SO4(Sulfuric Acid), NH4NO3(Ammonium Nitrate), and SO2(Sulfur Dioxide) are the acids found in acid rain. These acidic particles and vapors are deposited through 2 proceses.
 
Q.  Where do these chemicals come from?
A.  The chemicals found in acid rain come from factories burning fossil fuels and gas exhaust from cars.
 
Q.  How do we measure the acidity of rain?
A.  To measure the acidity of a substance, you must test the pH of the substance with special paper that can be used for this purpose.
 
Q.  What is pH?
A.  The pH of a substance, is the measure of the acidity or the basisity of a certain substance.
 
Q.  Describe the pH range and list various things corresponding with the pH levels.
A.  If the pH is 6.5 or lower, it can be classified as acidic. If it's 7.5 or more, it's known as basic. Lime juice is an example of an acidic substance, and soap is an example of a base.
 
Q.  What is the pH of normal rain, and at what level does the pH become dangerous?
A.  The pH of normal rain is at or around 5.6, but when it is lower than 5.6 it can be considered dangerous.

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