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Acid rain is a term that is used to describe the several ways in which acids fall out of the atmosphere and reach the earth. Acid deposition is a more precise term that can be used to describe this phenomenon, which has both wet and dry aspects. Wet deposition refers to acidic rain, fog, and snow, which fall to the ground and affect a variety of plants and animals. What effect the acid deposition has depends on many factors, including the acidity of the water, the chemistry and buffering capacity of the soils affected, and the types of fish and trees and other living things relying on the water. Dry deposition refers to acidic gases and particles that are blown about by the wind onto ...

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