acid rain

(redirected from Acid rains)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia.

acid rain

n.
Acid precipitation falling as rain.

acid rain

n
(Environmental Science) rain that contains a high concentration of pollutants, chiefly sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, released into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal or oil

ac′id rain′


n.
precipitation containing acid-forming chemicals, chiefly pollutants, that have been released into the atmosphere and combined with water vapor: ecologically harmful.
[1855–60]

acid rain

Rain, snow, or other precipitation containing a high amount of acidity.
Did You Know? We normally think of rain as something pure and natural, but in many parts of the world it is polluted with harmful acids from the moment it forms in the sky. How does this happen? When coal, gasoline, and oil are burned as fuels, they give off the gases sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. In the atmosphere, these compounds combine with water vapor to form highly corrosive sulfuric and nitric acids. Prevailing winds carry these acids away from the industrial areas where they originate, and they fall to earth as acid rain. Acid rain is a serious environmental problem in parts of the world where there are many factories, power plants, and automobiles close together, as in parts of the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. It harms forests and soils and pollutes lakes and rivers, killing fish and other aquatic life. It can also damage buildings and monuments by eating away the stone and metal that they are made of.

acid rain


click for a larger image
Rain acidified by sulfuric, nitric, and other acids that form when water and sunlight react with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants released by burning fossil fuels. Acid rain can poison lakes, kill forests, and corrode buildings.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acid rain - rain containing acids that form in the atmosphere when industrial gas emissions (especially sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides) combine with wateracid rain - rain containing acids that form in the atmosphere when industrial gas emissions (especially sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides) combine with water
air pollution - pollution of the atmosphere; "air pollution reduced the visibility"
Translations
kyselý déšť
syreregn
happosade
kisela kiša
savas esõ
酸性雨
산성비
surt regn
ฝนที่เป็นกรด
mưa axit

acid rain

npioggia acida

acid rain

أَمْطار حَمْضِيَّة kyselý déšť syreregn saurer Regen όξινη βροχή lluvia ácida happosade pluie acide kisela kiša pioggia acida 酸性雨 산성비 zure regen sur nedbør kwaśny deszcz chuva ácida кислотный дождь surt regn ฝนที่เป็นกรด asit yağmuru mưa axit 酸雨
References in periodicals archive ?
According to the study, concentrated sulphuric acid rains and intense ocean acidification by SO3-rich impact vapors resulted in severe damage to the global ecosystem and were probably responsible for the extinction of many species.
Chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide are the chief reasons for acid rains which occur due to the reaction that takes place after burning fossil fuels such as coal.
ISLAMABAD, April 15, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Director General of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Dr Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry refuted the rumours about acid rain in the coming week saying, the acid rain alerts being connected with NASA is false.