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  1. Understanding Acid Rain

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    Damonte, Kathleen

    2004-01-01

    The term acid rain describes rain, snow, or fog that is more acidic than normal precipitation. To understand what acid rain is, it is first necessary to know what an acid is. Acids can be defined as substances that produce hydrogen ions (H+), when dissolved in water. Scientists indicate how acidic a substance is by a set of numbers called the pH…

  2. The Acid Rain Reader.

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    Stubbs, Harriett S.; And Others

    A topic which is often not sufficiently dealt with in elementary school textbooks is acid rain. This student text is designed to supplement classroom materials on the topic. Discussed are: (1) "Rain"; (2) "Water Cycle"; (3) "Fossil Fuels"; (4) "Air Pollution"; (5) "Superstacks"; (6) "Acid/Neutral/Bases"; (7) "pH Scale"; (8) "Acid Rain"; (9)…

  3. Acid Rain Study Guide.

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    Hunger, Carolyn; And Others

    Acid rain is a complex, worldwide environmental problem. This study guide is intended to aid teachers of grades 4-12 to help their students understand what acid rain is, why it is a problem, and what possible solutions exist. The document contains specific sections on: (1) the various terms used in conjunction with acid rain (such as acid…

  4. USGS Tracks Acid Rain

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    Gordon, John D.; Nilles, Mark A.; Schroder, LeRoy J.

    1995-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been actively studying acid rain for the past 15 years. When scientists learned that acid rain could harm fish, fear of damage to our natural environment from acid rain concerned the American public. Research by USGS scientists and other groups began to show that the processes resulting in acid rain are very complex. Scientists were puzzled by the fact that in some cases it was difficult to demonstrate that the pollution from automobiles and factories was causing streams or lakes to become more acidic. Further experiments showed how the natural ability of many soils to neutralize acids would reduce the effects of acid rain in some locations--at least as long as the neutralizing ability lasted (Young, 1991). The USGS has played a key role in establishing and maintaining the only nationwide network of acid rain monitoring stations. This program is called the National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network (NADP/NTN). Each week, at approximately 220 NADP/NTN sites across the country, rain and snow samples are collected for analysis. NADP/NTN site in Montana. The USGS supports about 72 of these sites. The information gained from monitoring the chemistry of our nation's rain and snow is important for testing the results of pollution control laws on acid rain.

  5. The acid rain primer

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    Acid rain continues to be a major problem in North America, and particularly in eastern Canada. This report introduced the topic of acid rain and discussed its formation, measurement, sources, and geographic distribution. The major sources of sulphur dioxide in Canada are smelting metals, burning coal for electrical power generation, industrial emissions (e.g., pulp and paper, petroleum and aluminum industry), and oil and gas extraction and refining. In Canada, the largest source of nitrogen oxide is the burning of fossil fuels by the transportation sector. Problem areas for acid rain in Canada were identified. The effects of acid rain were examined on lakes and aquatic ecosystems, forests and soils, human-made structures and materials, human health, and on visibility. Acid rain policies and programs were then presented from a historical and current context. Ecosystem recovery from acid rain was discussed with reference to acid rain monitoring, atmospheric response to reductions in acid-causing emissions, and ecosystem recovery of lakes, forests, and aquatic ecosystems. Challenges affecting ecosystem recovery were also presented. These challenges include drought and dry weather, decrease of base cations in precipitation, release of sulphate previously stored in soil, mineralization and immobilization of sulphur/sulphates. Last, the report discussed what still needs to be done to improve the problem of acid rain as well as future concerns. These concerns include loss of base cations from forested watersheds and nitrogen deposition and saturation. 21 refs., 2 tabs., 17 figs

  6. Difficult Decisions: Acid Rain.

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    Miller, John A.; Slesnick, Irwin L.

    1989-01-01

    Discusses some of the contributing factors and chemical reactions involved in the production of acid rain, its effects, and political issues pertaining to who should pay for the clean up. Supplies questions for consideration and discussion. (RT)

  7. Acid rain: An overview

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Summary of the effects of acid rain and related processes, sources, issues, corrective actions, research, current law, potential solutions, political solutions,...

  8. Whither Acid Rain?

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    Peter Brimblecombe

    2000-01-01

    Acid rain, the environmental cause célèbre of the 1980s seems to have vanished from popular conscience. By contrast, scientific research, despite funding difficulties, has continued to produce hundreds of research papers each year. Studies of acid rain taught much about precipitation chemistry, the behaviour of snow packs, long-range transport of pollutants and new issues in the biology of fish and forested ecosystems. There is now evidence of a shift away from research in precipitation and s...

  9. Whither Acid Rain?

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    Peter Brimblecombe

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Acid rain, the environmental cause célèbre of the 1980s seems to have vanished from popular conscience. By contrast, scientific research, despite funding difficulties, has continued to produce hundreds of research papers each year. Studies of acid rain taught much about precipitation chemistry, the behaviour of snow packs, long-range transport of pollutants and new issues in the biology of fish and forested ecosystems. There is now evidence of a shift away from research in precipitation and sulfur chemistry, but an impressive theoretical base remains as a legacy.

  10. Acid Rain Classroom Projects.

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    Demchik, Michael J.

    2000-01-01

    Describes a curriculum plan in which students learn about acid rain through instructional media, research and class presentations, lab activities, simulations, design, and design implementation. Describes the simulation activity in detail and includes materials, procedures, instructions, examples, results, and discussion sections. (SAH)

  11. The Acid Rain Game.

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    Rakow, Steven J.; Glenn, Allen

    1982-01-01

    Provides rationale for and description of an acid rain game (designed for two players), a problem-solving model for elementary students. Although complete instructions are provided, including a copy of the game board, the game is also available for Apple II microcomputers. Information for the computer program is available from the author.…

  12. The Acid Rain Debate.

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    Oates-Bockenstedt, Catherine

    1997-01-01

    Details an activity designed to motivate students by incorporating science-related issues into a classroom debate. Includes "The Acid Rain Bill" and "Position Guides" for student roles as committee members, consumers, governors, industry owners, tourism professionals, senators, and debate directors. (DKM)

  13. Acid Rain Investigations.

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    Hugo, John C.

    1992-01-01

    Presents an activity in which students investigate the formation of solid ammonium chloride aerosol particles to help students better understand the concept of acid rain. Provides activity objectives, procedures, sample data, clean-up instructions, and questions and answers to help interpret the data. (MDH)

  14. A Demonstration of Acid Rain

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    Fong, Man Wai

    2004-01-01

    A demonstration showing acid rain formation is described. Oxides of sulfur and nitrogen that result from the burning of fossil fuels are the major pollutants of acid rain. In this demonstration, SO[subscript 2] gas is produced by the burning of matches. An acid-base indicator will show that the dissolved gas turns an aqueous solution acidic.

  15. Acidification and Acid Rain

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    Norton, S. A.; Veselã½, J.

    2003-12-01

    endangers the existing biota. Concerns about acid (or acidic) rain in its modern sense were publicized by the Swedish soil scientist Svante Odén (1968). He argued, initially in the Swedish press, that long-term increases in the atmospheric deposition of acid could lower the pH of surface waters, cause a decline in fish stocks, deplete soils of nutrients, and accelerate damage to materials. By the 1970s, acidification of surface waters was reported in many countries in Europe as well as in North America. The late twentieth-century rush to understand the impact of acid rain was driven by: (i) reports of damaged or threatened freshwater fisheries and (ii) damaged forests. Perhaps the earliest linkage between acidic surface water and damage to fish was made by Dahl (1921) in southern Norway. There, spring runoff was sufficiently acidic to kill trout. It was not until the 1970s that a strong link was established between depressed pH, mobilization of aluminum from soil, and fish status ( Schofield and Trojnar,1980). The relationship between acidification of soils and forest health started with hypotheses in the 1960s and has slowly developed. Acid rain enhances the availability of some nutrients (e.g., nitrogen), and may either enhance or diminish the availability of others (e.g., calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus). Damage to anthropogenic structures, human health, and visibility have also raised concerns. The history of these early developments was summarized by Cowling (1982). Since the 1970s, sulfur and nitrogen emissions to the atmosphere have been reduced by 50-85% and 0-30%, respectively, both in North America and Europe. The emission reductions have occurred as a consequence of knowledge gained and economic factors. While recovery of water quality is underway in some areas, problems of acidification persist, and are now complicated by the effects of climate change ( Schindler, 1997).

  16. An Umbrella for Acid Rain.

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    Randal, Judith

    1979-01-01

    The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded several grants to study effects of and possible solutions to the problem of "acid rain"; pollution from atmospheric nitric and sulfuric acids. The research program is administered through North Carolina State University at Raleigh and will focus on biological effects of acid rain. (JMF)

  17. Acid Rain Limits Global Warming

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    Will Knight; 张林玲

    2004-01-01

    @@ Acid rain restricts global warming by reducing methane① emissions from natural wetland areas, suggests a global climate study. Acid rain is the result of industrial pollution,which causes rainwater to carry small quantities of acidic compoumds② such as sulphuric and nitric acid③. Contaminated rainwater can upset rivers and lakes, killing fish and other organisms and also damage plants, trees and buildings.

  18. Acid Rain: The Scientific Challenge.

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    Godfrey, Paul J.

    1991-01-01

    Documents the workings and findings of the Massachusetts Acid Rain Monitoring Project, which has pooled the volunteer efforts of more than 1,000 amateur and professional scientists since 1983. Reports on the origins of air pollution, the prediction of acid rain, and its effects on both water life and land resources. (JJK)

  19. Acid Rain: An Educational Opportunity?

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    Marion, James I.

    1984-01-01

    Deals with how educators can handle the subject of acid rain; illustrates suggestions with experiences of grade nine students visiting Frost Valley Environmental Education Center (Oliverea, New York) to learn scientific concepts through observation of outdoor phenomena, including a stream; and discusses acid rain, pH levels, and pollution control…

  20. Acid Rain: What's the Forecast?

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    Bybee, Rodger

    1984-01-01

    Discusses various types of acid rain, considered to be a century-old problem. Topics include: wet and dry deposition, effects on a variety of environments, ecosystems subject to detrimental effects, and possible solutions to the problem. A list of recommended resources on acid rain is provided. (BC)

  1. Acid Thunder: Acid Rain and Ancient Mesoamerica

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    Kahl, Jonathan D. W.; Berg, Craig A.

    2006-01-01

    Much of Mesoamerica's rich cultural heritage is slowly eroding because of acid rain. Just as water dissolves an Alka-Seltzer tablet, acid rain erodes the limestone surfaces of Mexican archaeological sites at a rate of about one-half millimeter per century (Bravo et al. 2003). A half-millimeter may not seem like much, but at this pace, a few…

  2. Acid Rain: The Silent Environmental Threat.

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    Zmud, Mia

    1992-01-01

    Describes the silent environmental threat posed by acid rain. Caused mainly by manmade pollutants, acid rain damages water and trees, decreases visibility, corrodes monuments, and threatens public health. The article includes guidelines for action. (SM)

  3. Nature in the Classroom: Acid Rain.

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    Doyle, Charles

    1982-01-01

    As a lesson topic, acid rain is defined, its chemistry given, and its development since the 1950s described. The worldwide effects of acid rain are discussed along with the available technology for controlling the problem. (CM)

  4. Acid Rain: What We Must Do.

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    Gorham, Eville

    1983-01-01

    Addresses questions about the nature, source, and history of acid rain. In addition, discusses the questions: Why is acid rain a problem? Is acid rain getting worse? What is the threat of further problems? Concludes that it is time to act on the problem and recommends an appropriate course of action. (JN)

  5. Acid Rain: What It Is -- How You Can Help!

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    National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.

    This publication discusses the nature and consequences of acid precipitation (commonly called acid rain). Topic areas include: (1) the chemical nature of acid rain; (2) sources of acid rain; (3) geographic areas where acid rain is a problem; (4) effects of acid rain on lakes; (5) effect of acid rain on vegetation; (6) possible effects of acid rain…

  6. The Specifications for Monitoring of Acid Rain

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    Tang Jie

    2011-01-01

    Background Since China is a country seriously affected by acid rain pollution,it is a long-term fundamental work for acid rain pollution prevention and control in China by getting well informed of the characteristics of spatial and temporal changes in acid rain and long-term trends of these changes.In order to reach the national demand for acid rain monitoring data,the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) began to construct the network of acid rain monitoring stations in 1992.By the end of 2010,the total number of monitoring stations has exceeded 340.

  7. Acid rain information book. Draft final report

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    None

    1980-12-01

    Acid rain is one of the most widely publicized environmental issues of the day. The potential consequences of increasingly widespread acid rain demand that this phenomenon be carefully evaluated. Reveiw of the literature shows a rapidly growing body of knowledge, but also reveals major gaps in understanding that need to be narrowed. This document discusses major aspects of the acid rain phenomenon, points out areas of uncertainty, and summarizes current and projected research by responsible government agencies and other concerned organizations.

  8. Acid Rain. LC Science Tracer Bullet.

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    Hollmann, Pauline, Comp.

    The term "acid rain," also called "acid precipitation," generally refers to any precipitation having a pH value of less than 5.6. This guide to the literature on acid rain in the collections of the Library of Congress is not necessarily intended to be a comprehensive bibliography. It is designed to provide the reader with a set of resources that…

  9. Acid Rain Students Do Original Research.

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    Outdoor Communicator, 1984

    1984-01-01

    At Park Senior High School (Cottage Grove, Minnesota), 46 juniors and seniors planted 384 red pine seedlings in connection with their original research on acid rain, with advice from Dr. Harriet Stubbs, director of the Acid Precipitation Awareness Program (West Saint Paul), which has been developing acid rain teaching materials. (MH)

  10. Acid Rain: Activities for Science Teachers.

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    Johnson, Eric; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Seven complete secondary/college level acid rain activities are provided. Activities include overview; background information and societal implications; major concepts; student objectives; vocabulary/material lists; procedures; instructional strategies; and questions/discussion and extension suggestions. Activities consider effects of acid rain on…

  11. Human Ecology: Acid Rain and Public Policy.

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    Bybee, Rodger W.

    1983-01-01

    A connection between science and society can be seen in the human and ecological dimensions of one contemporary problem: acid rain. Introduces a human ecological theme and relationships between acid rain and public policy, considering scientific understanding and public awareness, scientific research and public policy, and national politics and…

  12. Acid rain: an example of environmental epistemology

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    Krug, E.C. (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Washington, DC (USA). Environmental Projects)

    1992-12-01

    The article contends acid rain is not a scientifically proven environmental problem but that any scientist expressing this is ridiculed into oblivion by the environmental lobby. It is suggested scientific data indicating that acid rain is not damaging (e.g. acts as a fertilizer) is ignored because it is politically incorrect.

  13. Acid rain information book. Second edition

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Potential consequences of widespread acid precipitation are reviewed through an extensive literature search. Major aspects of the acid rain phenomena are discussed, areas of uncertainty identified, and current research summarized

  14. Acid Rain: A Teaching Focus for the Intermediate Grades.

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    Adams, Renee B.; Adams, Neil D.

    1992-01-01

    The study of acid rain provides ample opportunities for active, interdisciplinary learning. This article describes 12 hands-on activities designed to expand students' understanding of acid rain. Background information on acid rain is included. (LB)

  15. TECHNOLOGICAL OPTIONS FOR ACID RAIN CONTROL

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    Discussed are acid rain control options available to the electric utility industry. They include coal switching, flue gas desulfurization, and such emerging lower cost technologies as Limestone Injection Multistage Burners (LIMB) and Advanced Silicate (ADVACATE), both developed ...

  16. Acid Rain, pH & Acidity: A Common Misinterpretation.

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    Clark, David B.; Thompson, Ronald E.

    1989-01-01

    Illustrates the basis for misleading statements about the relationship between pH and acid content in acid rain. Explains why pH cannot be used as a measure of acidity for rain or any other solution. Suggests that teachers present acidity and pH as two separate and distinct concepts. (RT)

  17. Acid rain in an Amazon rainforest

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    Haines, Bruce; Jordan, Carl; Clark, Howard; Clark, Kathleen E.

    2011-01-01

    Acid rain is reported from the Amazon territory of Venezuela. The volume weighted average pHwas 4.7 for 70 storms sampled from January 1979 through February 1980. At this location,remote from point sources of industrial pollution, acid rain might result from naturalbiogeochemical processes in the rainforest, from global atmospheric pollution, or from somecombination of natural and polliition processes.DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0889.1983.tb00011.x

  18. Acid rain may cause senile dementia

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    Pearce, F.

    1985-04-25

    Aluminium, released from the soil by acid rain, may be a cause of several forms of senile dementia including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Many upland reservoirs, fed by acid rain, supply homes with water laced with significant amounts of aluminium. Studies in the Pacific have shown that communities living on soils that are extremely rich in bauxite, the rock containing aluminium, have a very high incidence of Alzheimer's disease.

  19. Acid Rain Materials for Classroom Use.

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    Factor, Lance; Kooser, Robert G.

    This booklet contains three separate papers suitable for use in an advanced high school or college chemistry course. The first paper provides background information on acids and bases. The second paper provides additional background information, focusing on certain aspects of atmospheric chemistry as it relates to the acid rain problem. An attempt…

  20. Acid Rain: A Student's First Sourcebook.

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    Kyle, Beth Ann; And Others

    The purpose of this guide is to help students better understand the science, citizen action, and research issues that are part of the acid rain problem. The guide is designed for students in grades 4-8 and their teachers. Following an introduction, the first seven sections are informative in nature. They include: (1) "Observations about Acidity";…

  1. Acid Rain: Resource Materials for Schools.

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    American Biology Teacher, 1983

    1983-01-01

    Provides listings of acid rain resource material groups under: (1) printed materials (pamphlets, books, articles); (2) audiovisuals (slide/tape presentations, tape, video-cassette); (3) miscellaneous (buttons, pocket lab, umbrella); (4) transparencies; (5) bibliographies; and (6) curriculum materials. Sources and prices (when applicable) are…

  2. Acid Rain. Teacher's Guide. LHS GEMS.

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    Hocking, Colin; Barber, Jacqueline; Coonrod, Jan

    This teacher's guide presents a unit on acid rain and introduces hands-on activities for sixth through eighth grade students. In each unit, students act as real scientists and gather evidence by using science process skills such as observing, measuring and recording data, classifying, role playing, problem solving, critical thinking, synthesizing…

  3. Acid Rain: A Description of Bilingual Friesland.

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    Zondag, Koen

    1984-01-01

    Using acid rain as a metaphor, discusses the status of the Frisian language and culture as one which, though apparently thriving, is really threatened. Examines the sources of this threat, i.e., the education system, the church, mass communication and transportation, and the demise of the Frisian village community. (SED)

  4. Optimal acid rain abatement policy in Europe

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    Halkos, G.E.

    1994-01-01

    Acid rain causes greater environmental damage than would occur if countries act cooperatively. Based on new estimates of sulphur abatement cost functions, the potential gains from cooperation are calculated for Europe. Various cooperative abatement rates are compared with the rates implied by recent international agreements. The distinction is made between primary and secondary abatement, and their respective roles are discussed.

  5. The urban perspectives of acid rain

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    This report documents discussions held during a workshop an Urban Perspective of Acid Rain. The workshop was sponsored by the Office of the Director, National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP). NAPAP anticipates giving increased emphasis to the benefits in urban areas of emissions reductions. The goal of this informal, exploratory workshop was to serve as a first step towards identifying pollutant monitoring, and research and assessment needs to help answer, from an urban perspective, the two key questions posed to NAPAP by Congress: (1) what are the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of the acid rain control program, and (2) what reductions in deposition, rates are needed in order to prevent adverse effects? The workshop addressed research activities needed to respond to these questions. The discussions focused. sequentially, on data needs, data and model availability, and data and modeling gaps. The discussions concentrated on four areas of effects: human health, materials, urban forests, and visibility

  6. 40 CFR 76.3 - General Acid Rain Program provisions.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false General Acid Rain Program provisions. 76.3 Section 76.3 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) ACID RAIN NITROGEN OXIDES EMISSION REDUCTION PROGRAM § 76.3 General Acid Rain Program...

  7. Acid Rain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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    Rice, Karen C.; Deviney, Frank A., Jr.; Olson, Gordon

    2007-01-01

    Visitors to Shenandoah National Park (SNP) enjoy the animal and plant life and the scenery but may not realize how vulnerable these features are to various threats, such as invasion of exotic plants and insects, improper use of park resources by humans, and air and water pollution. The National Park Service strives to protect natural resources from such threats to ensure that the resources will be available for enjoyment now and in the future. Because SNP has limited influence over the air pollution that envelops the region, acidic deposition--commonly known as acid rain--is one of the more challenging threats facing park managers. With the help of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, park managers can understand how acid rain interacts with ground- and surface-water resources, which enables them to explain why reductions in air pollution can help preserve park resources. Such understanding also provides essential insight into ecosystem processes, as managers strive to unravel and resolve other environmental problems that are interrelated to acid rain.

  8. Radiation-dose consequences of acid rain

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Acid rain causes accelerated mobilization of many materials in soils. Natural and anthropogenic radionuclides, especially Ra and Cs, are among these materials. Generally, a decrease in soil pH by 1 unit will cause increases in mobility and plant uptake by factors of 2 to 7. Several simulation models were tested with most emphasis on an atmospherically driven soil model that predicts water and nuclide flow through a soil profile. We modelled a typical, acid rain sensitive soil using meterological data from Geraldton, Ontario. The results, within the range of effects on the soil expected from acidification, showed direct proportionality between the mobility of the nuclides and dose. Based on the literature available, a decrease in pH of 1 unit may increase the mobility of Ra and Cs by a factor or 2 or more. This will lead to increases in plant uptake and ultimate dose to man of about the same extent

  9. ACID RAIN - A PROBLEM OF THE PRESENT

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    Rozelinda Čož-Rakovac; Mato Hacmanjek; Zlatica Teskeredžić; Marija Tomec; Emin Teskeredžić; Šojat, V.; D Borovečki

    1995-01-01

    Acid rains is one of the most relevant problems of the human environment, the result being pollution of the atmosphere caused by ever growing industrial development. It is caused by the freeing of sulphuric oxides and oxygen, which along with certain chemical reactions transfer into sulphate and nitrate, and through wet or dry sediments reach the ground. This has an effect on lakes, rivers, the entire animal and plant kingdom, including all the good creations of mankind. Over a longer time pe...

  10. Effects of simulated acid rain on vegetation

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    Ferenbaugh, R.W.

    1974-01-01

    Experiments were performed to determine the effects of simulated acid rain on Chenopodium quinoa, Hordeum vulgare and Phaseolus vulgaris. Because of differential species' susceptibility, detailed experiments were conducted only on Phaseolus vulgaris. Acid rain was simulated by spraying the plants with a hand-held atomizer. Sulfuric acid solutions covering a pH range of 1.5 to 3.5 in one half pH unit increments were used. Gross morphological effects noted at lower pH values included failure to attain normal height, necrosis and wrinkling of leaves, excessive and adventitious budding, and premature abscission of primary leaves. Histological effects included smaller cell size, a decreased amount of intercellular space, hypertrophied nuclei and nucleoli, and a reduction in the size of starch granules within the chloroplasts. Dry weight remained an approximately constant percentage of fresh weight, and chlorophyll analyses showed that both chlorophyll concentration and ratio of chlorophyll 'a' to chlorophyll 'b' also remained constant. Respirometer studies showed that, while respiration rate increased only slightly at low pH values, photosynthetic rate increased dramatically. Quantitative analyses indicated that carbohydrate content was reduced at low pH values, with starch content reduced much more than sugar content. Root biomass was also reduced at low pH values. Application of Congo red indicator solution to the acid treated tissue showed that it was being acidified to a pH of below 4. 114 references, 23 figures, 12 tables.

  11. Effect of simulated acid rain on vegetation

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    Ferenbaugh, R.W.

    1974-01-01

    Experiments were performed to determine the effects of simulated acid rain on Chenopodium quinoa, Hordeum vulgare and Phaseolus vulgaris. Detailed experiments were conducted only on Phaseolus vulgaris. Sulfuric acid solutions covering a pH range of 1.5 to 3.5 were used. Gross morphological effects noted at lower pH values included failure to attain normal height, necrosis and wrinkling of leaves, excessive and adventitious budding, and premature abscission of primary leaves. Histological effects included smaller cell size, a decreased amount of intercellular space, hypertrophied nuclei and nucleoli, and a reduction in the size of starch granules within the chloroplasts. Dry weight remained an approximately constant percentage of fresh weight, and chlorophyll analyses showed that both chlorophyll concentration and ratio of chlorophyll to chlorophyll also remained constant. Respirometer studies showed that respiration rate increased slightly and photosynthetic rate increased dramatically. Quantitative analyses indicated that carbohydrate content was reduced at low pH values. Root biomass was also reduced. Application of Congo red indicator solution to the acid treated tissue showed that it was being acidified to a pH of below 4. Experiments involving aspiration of control tissue in acid solutions suggest that the increase in photosynthetic rate and the decreases in carbohydrate content and root biomass were caused by an uncoupling of photophosphorylation of adenosine diphosphate. Uncoupling was probably caused by hydrogen ion interference with proton pumps associated with the electron transport chain in the light reactions of photosynthesis. 128 references. (MDF)

  12. Elementary Acid Rain Kit, Interdisciplinary, Grades 4-8.

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    Stubbs, Harriett S.; And Others

    An interdisciplinary approach for teaching about acid rain is offered in this curriculum guide for teachers of grades 4-8. Skill and concept areas of science, math, social studies, art, and the language arts are developed in 12 activities which focus on the acid rain problems. A matrix of the activities and subject areas indicates the coverage…

  13. 40 CFR 75.3 - General Acid Rain Program provisions.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false General Acid Rain Program provisions. 75.3 Section 75.3 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) CONTINUOUS EMISSION MONITORING General § 75.3 General Acid Rain Program provisions....

  14. Acid rain compliance: The need for regulatory guidance

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    Solomon, B.D. [Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC (United States)

    1993-07-01

    This article presents a broad view of the need for regulatory guidance when confronting the problem of acid rain. The two major topics addressed are (1) Why is guidance needed and (2) What kind of guidance is needed. Discussion of rate and accounting treatment of allowances, acid rain compliance planning, and allowance trading and energy efficiency are included.

  15. Acid rain stimulation of Lake Michigan phytoplankton growth

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    Manny, Bruce A.; Fahnenstiel, G.L.; Gardner, W.S.

    1987-01-01

    Three laboratory experiments demonstrated that additions of rainwater to epilimnetic lake water collected in southeastern Lake Michigan stimulated chlorophyll a production more than did additions of reagent-grade water during incubations of 12 to 20 d. Chlorophyll a production did not begin until 3–5 d after the rain and lake water were mixed. The stimulation caused by additions of rain acidified to pH 3.0 was greater than that caused by additions of untreated rain (pH 4.0–4.5). Our results support the following hypotheses: (1) Acid rain stimulates the growth of phytoplankton in lake water; (2) phosphorus in rain appears to be the factor causing this stimulation. We conclude that acid rain may accelerate the growth of epilimnetic phytoplankton in Lake Michigan (and other similar lakes) during stratification when other sources of bioavailable phosphorus to the epilimnion are limited

  16. Acid Rain Data at Yokohama, Japan (Apr. 2003-Aug. 2004)

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    Murayama, Haruta

    2005-01-01

    Rain samples were collected adequately at the center of Yokohama city from April 2003 to August 2004. Total numbers of samples were 214. pH values and electric conductivity (E.G.) were measured immediately after catched samples and then chemical species were analyzed. This report is contained all observed data. Frequency of acid rain(pH

  17. ACID RAIN AND SOIL MICROBIAL ACTIVITY: EFFECTS AND THEIR MECHANISMS

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    In the investigation, our aim was to determine if acid rain affects soil microbial activity and to identify possible mechanisms of observed effects. A Sierran forest soil (pH 6.4) planted with Ponderosa pine seedlings was exposed to simulated rain (pH 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.6) with ...

  18. A European Acid Rain Program based on the US experience

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    Brandt, U. Steiner; Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard

    2000-01-01

    The paper shows that cost-effective involvement of the source location involves utmost difficulty in practice. Based on the RAINS model, it is recommended that source location should be ignored in a European market for SO2, as is the case in the US Acid Rain Program. Based on the political target...

  19. Chemical composition of acid rains in the Venezuelan savannah region

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    Sanhueza, E.; ARIAS, M. C.; Donoso, L.; GRATEROL, N.; Hermoso, M; MARTÍ, I.; Romero, J.; RONDÓN, A.; Santana, M

    2011-01-01

    The chemical composition of rain events has been determined at 6 sites in the Venezuelan savannah region. The results indicate that precipitations are little affected by anthropogenic emissions and that rain concentrations of anions and cations are similar to those observed at “remote” continental sites. At each location, the rain is acidic with average pHs ranging from 4.4 to 5.4. Over 50% of the free acidity may be due to formic and acetic acids. HNO3 and H2SO4 contribute only less than 36%...

  20. Acid rain project biosurveys of streams in the Wastwater catchment

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    Prigg, R.F.

    1985-01-01

    This is the Acid rain project biosurveys of streams in the Wastwater catchment produced by the North West Water Authority in 1985. This report forms part of a series on component biological investigations, identified by location or topic, within the acid rain project. Reporting of the Wastwater catchment data would not have been given priority ordinarily, but it has been brought forward to coincide with J. Robinson's reporting of his investigations of land use and liming in the catchment. Thi...

  1. Acid Rain: A Teacher's Guide. Activities for Grades 4 to 12.

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    National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.

    This guide on acid rain for elementary and secondary students is divided into three study areas: (1) What Causes Acid Rain; (2) What Problems Acid Rain Has Created; (3) How You and Your Students Can Help Combat Acid Rain. Each section presents background information and a series of lessons pertaining to the section topic. Activities include…

  2. Acid Rain. Activities for Grades 4 to 12. A Teacher's Guide.

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    Wood, David; Bryant, Jeannette

    This teacher's guide on acid rain is divided into three study areas to explain: (1) what causes acid rain; (2) what problems acid rain has created; and (3) what teachers and students can do to help combat acid rain. Instructions for activities within the study areas include suggested grade levels, objectives, materials needed, and directions for…

  3. 40 CFR 72.31 - Information requirements for Acid Rain permit applications.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Information requirements for Acid Rain... (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) PERMITS REGULATION Acid Rain Permit Applications § 72.31 Information requirements for Acid Rain permit applications. A complete Acid Rain permit application shall include...

  4. Effects of simulated acid rain on fertility of litchi

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    QIU Dong-liang; LIU Xing-hui; GUO Su-zhi

    2005-01-01

    The regulatory role of calcium in fertility of pollen and pistil under simulated acid rein was investigated. The germination percentage of pollen treated with acid rain of pH 4.5 was 9.42% lower than that of control, and that of pH 3.5, pH 2.5 and pH 1.5 were 22.47 %, 45.49% and 71.62%, respectively. Simultaneously, the injury character of pollen was obviously observed when flowers were treated with acid rain of pH 3.5. The difference in fruit setting rate between the female flower treated with acid rain of pH 4.0 and the control was significant at p < 0.05. Ca(NO3 )2 of 0.2-0.4 mmol/L could promote pollen germination under the stress of acid rain. The beneficial function was reduced when calcium concentration surpassed 0.8 mmol/L. Spraying 2 mmol/L Ca(NO3 )2 reduced the injury of acid rain to pistil and increased fruit-setting rate significantly. The physiological importance of calcium during pollen germination and pistil development was also discussed.

  5. Effects of acid rain and sulfur dioxide on marble dissolution

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    Schuster, Paul F.; Reddy, Michael M.; Sherwood, Susan I.

    1994-01-01

    Acid precipitation and the dry deposition of sulfur dioxide (SO2) accelerate damage to carbonate-stone monuments and building materials. This study identified and quantified environmental damage to a sample of Vermont marble during storms and their preceding dry periods. Results from field experiments indicated the deposition of SO2 gas to the stone surface during dry periods and a twofold increase in marble dissolution during coincident episodes of low rain rate and decreased rainfall pH. The study is widely applicable to the analysis of carbonate-stone damage at locations affected by acid rain and air pollution.

  6. 40 CFR 72.69 - Issuance and effective date of acid rain permits.

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    2010-07-01

    ...) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) PERMITS REGULATION Federal Acid Rain Permit Issuance Procedures § 72.69 Issuance and effective date of acid rain permits. (a) After the close of the public comment period, the Administrator will issue or deny an Acid Rain permit. The Administrator will serve a copy of any Acid...

  7. 40 CFR 72.71 - Acceptance of State Acid Rain programs-general.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Acceptance of State Acid Rain programs... PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) PERMITS REGULATION Acid Rain Phase II Implementation § 72.71 Acceptance of State Acid... State Acid Rain program meeting the requirements of §§ 72.72 and 72.73. (b) The Administrator...

  8. Acid Rain Education and Its Implications for Curricular Development: A Teacher Survey.

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    Barrow, Lloyd H.; Germann, Paul

    1987-01-01

    Describes a survey which was designed to obtain information on acid rain education. Reviews results pertaining to instructional time, instructional topics, use of labs from a common resource guide, and preference of materials related to acid rain education. (ML)

  9. A Demonstration of Acid Rain and Lake Acidification: Wet Deposition of Sulfur Dioxide.

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    Goss, Lisa M.

    2003-01-01

    Introduces a science demonstration on the dissolution of sulfuric oxide emphasizing the concept of acid rain which is an environmental problem. Demonstrates the acidification from acid rain on two lake environments, limestone and granite. Includes safety information. (YDS)

  10. The US Acid Rain Program: design, performance, and assessment

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    Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard

    1998-01-01

    The US Acid Rain Program (ARP) from 1990 allows 1,000 major electric utilities all over the US to trade SO2 permits. Historical emission rights have been grandfathered and the target level is 50% SO2 reduction. Market performance has been successfull with much trade activity and unexpectedly low ...... is recommendable for future environmental regulation where source location may be ignored, e.g., for creating CO2 markets in the US and the EU. Udgivelsesdato: DEC......The US Acid Rain Program (ARP) from 1990 allows 1,000 major electric utilities all over the US to trade SO2 permits. Historical emission rights have been grandfathered and the target level is 50% SO2 reduction. Market performance has been successfull with much trade activity and unexpectedly low...

  11. Acid Rain in Europe: A Framework to Assist Decision Making

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    Alcamo, J.; P. E. Kauppi; Posch, M.; Runca, E.

    1984-01-01

    The ratification of the Geneva Convention on Transboundary Air Pollution in March of 1983 showed that nations of Eastern and Western Europe were determined to control the problem of acid rain. In the same year, IIASA offered its analytical skills to the international community to help solve the problem. It did so by entering into official cooperation with the UN Economic Commission of Europe (ECE) which is responsible for implementing the convention. As part of this cooperation IIASA is devel...

  12. Northeast Asia acid rain problem and environmental cooperation

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    Shin, E.S. [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-09-01

    Total emission amounts of sulfur dioxide in the twenty-three (23) territories of Northeast Asia was 14.7 million tons in 1990. The Northeastern area of China accounted for 81%, Korea 12%, Japan 5%, and North Korea 2%. In the basic scenario, the emission amount of sulfur dioxide in Northeast Asia is estimated to reach 40.5 million tons by the year 2020. Long distance, cross-border air pollutants originating in China, move to the Korean Peninsula and Japan, and esp. acid rain is greatly influenced by the emission of sulfur dioxide in China. Acid rain severely damages not only the natural ecosystem and agricultural products, but also human health, too. Therefore, in order to reduce the future damage from acid rain, emission of sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide material should be lessened both domestically and in nearby countries. It would be difficult for those countries in Northeast Asia to sign the multilateral agreement for environmental cooperation within a short period of time because they are in different stages of economic development and set different priorities in their discussion of environmental cooperation. Therefore, it is desirable to make them observe improved environmental standards through existing regional cooperative organizations such as ESCAP, APEC or multilateral external financial institutions such as IBRD, ADB, ODA, and to carry out cooperative businesses for regional environmental improvements. At the same time, environmental cooperation in Northeast Asia related to acid rain should start step by step from obtaining objective and reliable information through scientific studies and should be carried out multi-dimensionally and comprehensively by not only the central government but the local government and NGO in various fields, such as Politics, Economics, Science, Diplomacy, etc. 30 refs., 1 fig., 5 tabs.

  13. Wood Properties of Poplar from Stand Affected by Acid Rain

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    2002-01-01

    Wood properties from 28 trees (Populus euramericana) selected from healthy and acid rain damaged forest were measured to evaluate the possible impacts on wood quality and utilization. On the heavily damaged location, the pH value of precipitation ranged from 3.7-5.0, and sulfate loading ranged from 20-40 kg·ha-2.y-1. Quantitative and qualitative studies on ring width, physical properties and mechanical properties indicated that changes of wood properties between diseased and healthy poplar occurred. Aci...

  14. Canopy leaching of subtropical mixed forests under acid rain

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    Renjun XIANG; Liyuan CHAI; Xilin ZHANG; Gong ZHANG; Guifang ZHAO

    2008-01-01

    Leaching of major ions from acid precipitation in a subtropical forest was examined based on an experi-ment in four sample sites in Shaoshan City, Hunan Province, China, from January 2001 to June 2002. Results clearly show that when rain passed through the canopy, pH increased and the evidence of ion uptake was presented for SO42- , NO3-, Mg2+ and NH4+ ions, espe-cially of NH4+ and NO3-. The percentages of dissolved SO42-, Ca2+ and Mg2+ show a decreasing trend with increasing rainfall. Percentages of leaching Ca2+, K+ and Cl- ions show an increasing trend as a function of increased pH values. The forest canopy in Shaoshan City has a strong effect on the uptake of SO42- and NO3- ions under acid rain conditions. The decreasing order of ions leaching in the forest canopy is as follows: K+> Ca2+ > Cl- > Mg2+ > SO42- > NO3- > NH4+ > Na+.

  15. Factors Affecting Sensitivity of Variable Charge Soils to Acid Rain

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    WANGJING-HUA

    1995-01-01

    The sensitivity of a large number of variable charge soils to acid rain was evaluated through examining pH-H2SO4 input curves.Two derivative parameters,the consumption of hydrogen ions by the soil and the acidtolerant limit as defined as the quantity of sulfuric acid required to bring the soil to pH 3.5 in a 0.001mol L-1 Ca(NO3)2 solution,were used.The sensitivity of variable charge soils was higher than that of constant charge soils,due to the predominance of kaolinite in clay mineralogical composition.Among these soils the sensitivity was generally of the order lateritic red soil>red soil> latosol.For a given type of soil within the same region the sensitivity was affected by parent material,due to differences in clay minerals and texture.The sensitivity of surface soil may be lower or higher than that of subsiol,depending on whether organic matter or texture plays the dominant role in determining the buffering capacity.Paddy soils consumed more acid within lower range of acid input when compared with upland soils,due to the presence of more exchangeable bases,but consumed less acid within higher acid input range,caused by the decrease in clay content.

  16. Suppression of rice methane emission by sulfate deposition in simulated acid rain

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    Gauci, Vincent; Dise, Nancy B; Howell, Graham; Jenkins, Meaghan E.

    2008-01-01

    Sulfate in acid rain is known to suppress methane (CH4) emissions from natural freshwater wetlands. Here we examine the possibility that CH4 emissions from rice agriculture may be similarly affected by acid rain, a major and increasing pollution problem in Asia. Our findings suggest that acid rain rates of SO2-4 deposition may help to reduce CH4 emissions from rice agriculture. Emissions from rice plants treated with simulated acid rain at levels of SO2-4 consistent with the range of depositi...

  17. Acid Rain: A Selective Bibliography. Second Edition. Bibliography Series Twenty-One.

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    O'Neill, Gertrudis, Comp.

    Acid rain is a term for rain, snow, or other precipitation produced from water vapor in the air reacting with emissions from automobiles, factories, power plants, and other oil and coal burning sources. When these chemical compounds, composed of sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide, react with water vapor, the result is sulfuric acid and nitric acid.…

  18. Acid rain at Kennedy Space Center, Florida - Recent observations

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    Madsen, B. C.

    1981-01-01

    During the period July, 1977 to September, 1979, rainfall was collected in the vicinity of the Kennedy Space Center and subjected to appropriate chemical analysis for purposes of characterization of general composition and acidity. Results obtained form the basis for future comparisons, should significant alteration of the chemical composition of rain occur during the space shuttle era. Acidity extremes calculated on a monthly basis from event samples collected from five sites within a 200 sq km area varied from pH 5.1 in November, 1977, and April, 1978 to pH 4.3 in July, 1978 and July, 1979. Weighted average pH for the entire period was 4.55. Acidity was due to the presence of sulfuric and nitric acids. The mole ratio of excess SO4(-2):NO3(-) was typically greater than one. Monthly weighted average Cl(-) concentrations ranged from 20-240 micromoles/liter. The Cl(-):Na(+) ratio was slightly lower than that present in sea water.

  19. Acid Rain: Federal Policy Action 1983-1985. A Guide to Government Documents and Commercial Sources.

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    Lovenburg, Susan, Comp.

    The problems associated with acid rain as well as strategies on what to do and how to do it are addressed in this resource guide. The first section identifies and describes the U.S. agencies and congressional committees which play a role in acid rain research, legislation, and regulation. Actions already taken by the executive and legislative…

  20. Acid Rain: A Resource Guide for Classroom, Laboratory, Field, and Debate Topics.

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    Stoss, Frederick W.

    1987-01-01

    Provides a partially annotated bibliography of journals and book chapters which deal with acid rain. Includes selections which provide background information, ideas for introducing acid rain into science or social studies curricula, inventories of audio-visual aids, and non-print media to supplement classroom, laboratory, and field instruction.…

  1. STATE ACID RAIN RESEARCH AND SCREENING SYSTEM - VERSION 1.0 USER'S MANUAL

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    The report is a user's manual that describes Version 1.0 of EPA's STate Acid Rain Research and Screening System (STARRSS), developed to assist utility regulatory commissions in reviewing utility acid rain compliance plans. It is a screening tool that is based on scenario analysis...

  2. EFFECT OF SIMULATED ACID RAIN ON NITRIFICATION AND NITROGEN MINERALIZATION IN FOREST SOILS

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    To determine the possible microbiological changes in soil resulting from acid rain, columns containing samples of forest soils were leached with either a continuous application of 100cm of simulated acid rain (pH3.2-4.1) at 5 cm/hour or an intermittent 1.5-hour application of 1.2...

  3. Influence of Simulated Acid Rain Corrosion on the Uniaxial Tensile Mechanical Properties of Concrete

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    Ying-zi Zhang; Ying-fang Fan; Hong-nan Li

    2012-01-01

    An experimental study on the uniaxial tensile property of concrete exposed to the acid rain environment was carried out. Acid rain with pH level of 1.0 was deposed by the mixture of sulfate and nitric acid solution in the laboratory. Dumbbell-shaped concrete specimens were immersed in the simulated acid rain completely. After being exposed to the deposed mixture for a certain period, uniaxial tensile test was performed on the concrete specimens. The results indicate that elastic modulus, tens...

  4. Health risks from acid rain: a Canadian perspective.

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    Franklin, C A; Burnett, R T; Paolini, R J; Raizenne, M E

    1985-11-01

    Acidic deposition, commonly referred to as acid rain, is causing serious environmental damage in eastern Canada. The revenues from forest products, tourism and sport fishing are estimated to account for about 8% of the gross national product. The impact on human health is not as clearcut and a multi-department program on the Long-Range Transport of Airborne Pollutants (LRTAP) was approved by the federal government in June 1980. The objectives of the LRTAP program are to reduce wet sulfate deposition to less than 20 kg/ha per year in order to protect moderately sensitive areas. This will require a 50% reduction in Canadian SO2 emissions east of the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border and concomitant reductions in the eastern U.S.A. The objectives of the health sector of the program are to assess the risk to health posed by airborne pollutants which are subjected to long-range transport and to monitor the influence of abatement programs. Two major epidemiology studies were undertaken in 1983, one in which the health effects related to acute exposure to transported air pollutants were studied in asthmatic and nonasthmatic children, and another in which the effects of chronic exposure to these pollutants were studied in school children living in towns with high and low levels of pollutants. Preliminary analysis of the data do not indicate major health effects, but definitive conclusions must await final analysis. Studies on the indirect effects of acid deposition on water quality have shown that acidified lake water left standing in the plumbing system can adversely affect water quality and that federally set guidelines for copper and lead are exceeded. Flushing of the system before using the water rectifies the situation. Additional studies are planned to further delineate the magnitude of the health effects of acidified lake water. PMID:4076081

  5. Effect of simulated acid rain on two populations of Senecio vulgaris L

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    Hodgkin, S.E.; Briggs, D.

    1981-01-01

    The effect of simulated acid rain on two populations of Senecio vulgaris was studied. Evidence suggests that the population from a relatively unpolluted area of the British Isles was more sensitive to applied dilute sulfuric acid than a population from east England, where a higher level of air pollution is likely. In making a cautious interpretation of the results, the authors point out that further studies are necessary before the hypothesis, that ecotypic differentiation occurs in response to acid rain, can be accepted.

  6. Analysis of Natural Buffer Systems and the Impact of Acid Rain

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    Powers, David C.; Yoder, Claude H.; Higgs, Andrew T.; Obley, Matt L.; Hess, Kenneth R.; Leber, Phyllis A.

    2005-01-01

    The environmental significance of acid rain on water systems of different buffer capacities is discussed. The most prevalent natural buffer system is created by the equilibrium between carbonate ions and carbon dioxide.

  7. Effect of Simulated Acid Rain on Bursaphelenchus xylophilus Infection of Pine Seedlings

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    Bolla, R. I.; Fitzsimmons, K.

    1988-01-01

    White, Scots, and Austrian 3-year-old pine seedlings were treated with conditions simulating acid rain and inoculated with the white pine specific pathotype of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, VPSt-1. Oleoresin concentration increased slightly and carbohydrate concentration decreased in all seedlings treated with simulated acid rain (SAR). The changes were significantly increased after inoculation of SAR-treated white and Scots pine seedlings with VPSt-1. Wilting was delayed and nematode reproduct...

  8. Should We Be Worried About the Green Paradox? Announcement Effects of the Acid Rain Program

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    Di Maria, Corrado; Lange, Ian; van der Werf, Edwin

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents the first empirical test of the green paradox hypothesis, according to which well-intended but imperfectly implemented policies may lead to detrimental environmental outcomes due to supply side responses. We use the introduction of the Acid Rain Program in the U.S. as a case study. The theory predicts that owners of coal deposits, expecting future sales to decline, would supply more of their resource between the announcement of the Acid Rain Program and its implementation;...

  9. Response of Soil Respiration to Acid Rain in Forests of Different Maturity in Southern China

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    Guohua Liang; Xingzhao Liu; Xiaomei Chen; Qingyan Qiu; Deqiang Zhang; Guowei Chu; Juxiu Liu; Shizhong Liu; Guoyi Zhou

    2013-01-01

    The response of soil respiration to acid rain in forests, especially in forests of different maturity, is poorly understood in southern China despite the fact that acid rain has become a serious environmental threat in this region in recent years. Here, we investigated this issue in three subtropical forests of different maturity [i.e. a young pine forest (PF), a transitional mixed conifer and broadleaf forest (MF) and an old-growth broadleaved forest (BF)] in southern China. Soil respiration...

  10. Acid rain research program. Annual progress report, September 1975--June 1976

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    Evans, L.S.; Raynor, G.S.

    1976-09-01

    The aims of the research program are: (a) to observe the minimum threshold dose of simulated acid rain to produce visual and histological effects on plant foliage, (b) approach threshold limits of simulated sulfate acid rain that affect plant growth and reproduction, and (c) to measure chemical and meteorological parameters of incident rain. Acute leaf injury to several plant species resulted from exposure of foliage to simulated sulfate acid rain of pH level 2.3 to 2.9. Only slight injury occurred at 3.1. Scanning electron micrographs showed that injury to upper leaf surfaces occurred mostly at the base of trichomes (leaf hairs) and near stomata. An association of lesion development near vascular tissue was also noted. Histologically, lesions are characterized by an initial collapse of the epidermis with eventual lysis and collapse of more internal leaf tissues on the upper leaf surface of pinto beans which complemented detailed descriptions of visual lesion development after daily exposures to simulated rain. Initial experiments with gametophytes of Pteridium aquilinum show that reproduction of this fern species is very sensitive to solutions of pH 5.2 while vegetative development is not affected at pH levels of 2.2. Initial rain samples from the sequential sampler have been obtained. Initial portions of rain events exhibit a pH near 3.0 in some cases. More complete chemical analyses are anticipated.

  11. Application of Ground Phosphate Rock to Diminish the Effects of Simulated Acid Rain of Soil Properties

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    DONGYUAN-YAN; LIXUE-YUAN

    1992-01-01

    The effects of simulated acid rain retained in soil on the properties of acid soil and its diminishing by application of ground phosphate rock were investigated by using the sorption method.Results show as follows:(1)For yellow brown soil,the effect of simulated acid rain on the properties of soil with a pH value of 5.9 was relatively small,except a great quantity of acid rain deposited on it.(2) for red soil,the effect of simulated acid rain on the properties of soil was significant.With the increase of the amount of acid deposition,the pH value of soil was declined,but the contents of exchangeable H+,Al3+ and Mn2+ and the amount of SO41- retention were increased.(3) Many properties of acid soils could be improved by applying ground phosphate rock.For example,pH value of soils and the amounts of available P and exchangeable Ca2+ and Mg2+ were increased,and the amounts of exchangeable H+ and Al3+ and SO42- retained was reduced.The application of ground posphate rock could effctively diminish the pollution of acid rain to soil.

  12. Carbon fluxes in an acid rain impacted boreal headwater catchment

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    Marx, Anne; Hintze, Simone; Jankovec, Jakub; Sanda, Martin; Dusek, Jaromir; Vogel, Tomas; van Geldern, Robert; Barth, Johannes A. C.

    2016-04-01

    Terrestrial carbon export via inland aquatic systems is a key process in the budget of the global carbon cycle. This includes loss of carbon to the atmosphere via gas evasion from rivers or reservoirs as well as carbon fixation in freshwater sediments. Headwater streams are the first endmembers of the transition of carbon between soils, groundwater and surface waters and the atmosphere. In order to quantify these processes the experimental catchment Uhlirska (1.78 km2) located in the northern Czech Republic was studied. Dissolved inorganic, dissolved organic and particulate organic carbon (DIC, DOC, POC) concentrations and isotopes were analyzed in ground-, soil -and stream waters between 2014 and 2015. In addition, carbon dioxide degassing was quantified via a stable isotope modelling approach. Results show a discharge-weighted total carbon export of 31.99 g C m‑2 yr‑1 of which CO2 degassing accounts 79 %. Carbon isotope ratios (δ13C) of DIC, DOC, and POC (in ‰ VPDB) ranged from -26.6 to -12.4 ‰ from -29.4 to -22.7 ‰ and from -30.6 to -26.6 ‰ respectively. The mean values for DIC are -21.8 ±3.8 ‰ -23.6 ±0.9 ‰ and -19.5 ±3.0 ‰ for soil, shallow ground and surface water compartments. For DOC, these compartments have mean values of -27.1 ±0.3 ‰ -27.0 ±0.8 ‰ and -27.4 ±0.7 ‰Ṁean POC value of shallow groundwaters and surface waters are -28.8 ±0.8 ‰ and -29.3 ±0.5 ‰ respectively. These isotope ranges indicate little turnover of organic material and predominant silicate weathering. The degassing of CO2 caused an enrichment of the δ13C-DIC values of up to 6.8 ‰ between a catchment gauge and the catchment outlet over a distance of 866 m. In addition, the Uhlirska catchment has only negligible natural sources of sulphate, yet SO42‑ accounts for 21 % of major stream water ions. This is most likely a remainder from acid rain impacts in the area.

  13. A Simulation of the Interaction of Acid Rain with Soil Minerals

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    Schilling, Amber L.; Hess, Kenneth R.; Leber, Phyllis A.; Yoder, Claude H.

    2004-01-01

    The atmospheric issue of acid rains is subjected to a five-part laboratory experiment by concentrating on the chemistry of the infiltration process of acid rainwater through soils. This procedure of quantitative scrutiny helps students realize the efficacy of soil minerals in the consumption of surplus acidity in rainwater.

  14. Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Main Nutritional Indicators of Three Leafy Vegetables

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    MENG He; DONG De-ming; WANG Ju; YANG Kai-ning; TIAN Lei; SUN Wei; FANG Chun-sheng

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to identify content changes in the main nutritional indicators of three common leafy vegetables, and to provide a theoretical basis for the protection of leafy vegetables from acid rain. The experiment investigated the effects of simulated acid rain on four main nutritional indicators, including soluble sugar,total free amino acid, soluble protein and vitamin C during the application of simulated acid rain(SAR) in pakchoi( Brassica rapa chihensis), rape(Brassica campestris L.) and lettuce( Lactuca sativa Linn. var. ramnosa Hort). The vegetables were respectively exposed to SAR of pH=7.0, 5.6, 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 and a control level of pH=6.5. The concentrations of the four main nutritional indicators were determined at harvest. The results show that nutritional quality of the three leafy vegetable species decreased with the declining of pH values of SAR. The higher the acidity of SAR was, the more significant the inhibitions were. Nutritional quality of lettuce was the most affected by simulated acid rain, followed by pakchoi and rape. The change range of soluble protein content was higher than those of the other three indicators' contents, which indicates that soluble protein is most sensitive to simulated acid rain.

  15. EFFECT OF AN ACID RAIN ENVIRONMENT ON LIMESTONE SURFACES.

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    Mossotti, Victor G.; Lindsay, James R.; Hochella, Michael F., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    Salem limestone samples were exposed to weathering for 1 y in several urban and one rural environments. Samples exposed in the rural location were chemically indistinguishable from the freshly quarried limestone, whereas all samples collected from urban exposure sites developed gypsum stains on the ground-facing surfaces where the stones were not washed by precipitation. The gas-solid reaction of SO//2 with calcite was selected for detailed consideration. It appears from the model that under arid conditions, the quantity of stain deposited on an unwashed surface is independent of atmospheric SO//2 concentration once the surface has been saturated with gypsum. Under wet conditions, surface sulfation and weight loss are probably dominated by mechanisms involving wet stone. However, if the rain events are frequent and delimited by periods of dryness, the quantity of gypsum produced by a gas-solid reaction mechanism should correlate with both the frequency of rain events and the atmospheric SO//2 level.

  16. Influence of acid rain and organic matter on the adsorption of trace elements on soil

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    Acid rain has become one of the most serious environmental problems. Soil loses its buffering capacity by long exposure to acid rain, and the soil pH value decreases significantly. The acidification of the soil disturbs the adsorption equilibrium of many elements in the soil-water system. Soil is a very complex heterogeneous system, primarily consisting of clay minerals, hydrous oxides and polymeric organic substances, which possess their own characteristic element-adsorbing properties. On the other hand, the intrinsic properties of elements are reflected in their adsorption process as a matter of course. Therefore, both the effects of the pH of acid rain and that of the components of the soil on the adsorption of different elements should be studied when the adsorption process in acid soils is to be clarified. Although leaching of major cations in soil, such as Ca2+, Mg2+ and Al3+, by acid rain, has been extensively studied, relatively little attention has been focused on trace elements which can also seriously affect the ecological system. We studied the acid rain effects on element adsorption by kaolin, forest soil, black soil, and also these soils with Fe- and Mn-oxides or organic matter selectively removed by using the radioactive multitracer technique. (author)

  17. Acid rain phenomenon in niger delta region of Nigeria: economic, biodiversity, and public health concern.

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    Nduka, J K C; Orisakwe, O E; Ezenweke, L O; Ezenwa, T E; Chendo, M N; Ezeabasili, N G

    2008-01-01

    Rain samples were collected from Warri and Port Harcourt, two major oil-producing cities of Nigeria in April-June, July-August, and September-October 2005 and 2006. Awka, a "non-oil" city was used as control. Samples were collected from three points, using clean plastic basins fastened to a table, 2 m above ground level and 115 m away from tall buildings and trees. Water samples were filtered and acidity determined using digital pH meter. The results show that the rain samples were acidic. The pH values for the 2 years under study show that the rainfall in Warri was more acidic than that of Port Harcourt. Oil exploration and other anthropogenic sources may be responsible for the acid rain in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. PMID:18758657

  18. Acid Rain Phenomenon in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: Economic, Biodiversity, and Public Health Concern

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    J. K. C. Nduka

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Rain samples were collected from Warri and Port Harcourt, two major oil-producing cities of Nigeria in April-June, July-August, and September-October 2005 and 2006. Awka, a “non-oil” city was used as control. Samples were collected from three points, using clean plastic basins fastened to a table, 2 m above ground level and 115 m away from tall buildings and trees. Water samples were filtered and acidity determined using digital pHmeter. The results show that the rain samples were acidic. The pH values for the 2 years under study show that the rainfall in Warri was more acidic than that of Port Harcourt. Oil exploration and other anthropogenic sources may be responsible for the acid rain in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

  19. Soil-calcium depletion linked to acid rain and forest growth in the eastern United States

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    Lawrence, Gregory B.; Huntington, T.G.

    1999-01-01

    Since the discovery of acid rain in the 1970's, scientists have been concerned that deposition of acids could cause depletion of calcium in forest soils. Research in the 1980's showed that the amount of calcium in forest soils is controlled by several factors that are difficult to measure. Further research in the 1990's, including several studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, has shown that (1) calcium in forest soils has decreased at locations in the northeastern and southeastern U.S., and (2) acid rain and forest growth (uptake of calcium from the soil by roots) are both factors contributing to calcium depletion.

  20. Prolonged acid rain facilitates soil organic carbon accumulation in a mature forest in Southern China.

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    Wu, Jianping; Liang, Guohua; Hui, Dafeng; Deng, Qi; Xiong, Xin; Qiu, Qingyan; Liu, Juxiu; Chu, Guowei; Zhou, Guoyi; Zhang, Deqiang

    2016-02-15

    With the continuing increase in anthropogenic activities, acid rain remains a serious environmental threat, especially in the fast developing areas such as southern China. To detect how prolonged deposition of acid rain would influence soil organic carbon accumulation in mature subtropical forests, we conducted a field experiment with simulated acid rain (SAR) treatments in a monsoon evergreen broadleaf forest at Dinghushan National Nature Reserve in southern China. Four levels of SAR treatments were set by irrigating plants with water of different pH values: CK (the control, local lake water, pH ≈ 4.5), T1 (water pH=4.0), T2 (water pH=3.5), and T3 (water pH=3.0). Results showed reduced pH measurements in the topsoil exposed to simulated acid rains due to soil acidification. Soil respiration, soil microbial biomass and litter decomposition rates were significantly decreased by the SAR treatments. As a result, T3 treatment significantly increased the total organic carbon by 24.5% in the topsoil compared to the control. Furthermore, surface soil became more stable as more recalcitrant organic matter was generated under the SAR treatments. Our results suggest that prolonged acid rain exposure may have the potential to facilitate soil organic carbon accumulation in the subtropical forest in southern China. PMID:26657252

  1. Prolonged acid rain facilitates soil organic carbon accumulation in a mature forest in Southern China.

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    Wu, Jianping; Liang, Guohua; Hui, Dafeng; Deng, Qi; Xiong, Xin; Qiu, Qingyan; Liu, Juxiu; Chu, Guowei; Zhou, Guoyi; Zhang, Deqiang

    2016-02-15

    With the continuing increase in anthropogenic activities, acid rain remains a serious environmental threat, especially in the fast developing areas such as southern China. To detect how prolonged deposition of acid rain would influence soil organic carbon accumulation in mature subtropical forests, we conducted a field experiment with simulated acid rain (SAR) treatments in a monsoon evergreen broadleaf forest at Dinghushan National Nature Reserve in southern China. Four levels of SAR treatments were set by irrigating plants with water of different pH values: CK (the control, local lake water, pH ≈ 4.5), T1 (water pH=4.0), T2 (water pH=3.5), and T3 (water pH=3.0). Results showed reduced pH measurements in the topsoil exposed to simulated acid rains due to soil acidification. Soil respiration, soil microbial biomass and litter decomposition rates were significantly decreased by the SAR treatments. As a result, T3 treatment significantly increased the total organic carbon by 24.5% in the topsoil compared to the control. Furthermore, surface soil became more stable as more recalcitrant organic matter was generated under the SAR treatments. Our results suggest that prolonged acid rain exposure may have the potential to facilitate soil organic carbon accumulation in the subtropical forest in southern China.

  2. 40 CFR 74.3 - Relationship to the Acid Rain program requirements.

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 16 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Relationship to the Acid Rain program requirements. 74.3 Section 74.3 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) SULFUR DIOXIDE OPT-INS Background and Summary § 74.3 Relationship to the Acid...

  3. Partial least squares regression for predicting economic loss of vegetables caused by acid rain

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    WANG Ju; MENG He; DONG De-ming; LI Wei; FANG Chun-sheng

    2009-01-01

    To predict the economic loss of crops caused by acid rain, we used partial least squares (PLS) regression to build a model of single dependent variable-the economic loss calculated with the decrease in yield related to the pH value and levels of Ca2+, NH4+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, SO42-, NO3-, and Cl- in acid rain. We selected vegetables which were sensitive to acid rain as the sample crops, and collected 12 groups of data, of which 8 groups were used for modeling and 4 groups for testing. Using the cross validation method to evaluate the performace of this prediction model indicates that the optimum number of principal components was 3, determined by the minimum of prediction residual error sum of squares, and the prediction error of the regression equation ranges from-2.25% to 4.32%. The model predicted that the economic loss of vegetables from acid rain is negatively corrrelated to pH and the concentrations of NH4+, SO42-, NO3-, and Cl- in the rain, and positively correlated to the concentrations of Ca2+, Na+, K+ and Mg2+. The precision of the model may be improved if the non-linearity of original data is addressed.

  4. Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Main Nutritional Indicators of Three Leafy Vegetables

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    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to identify content changes in the main nutritional indicators of three common leafy vegetables, and to provide a theoretical basis for the protection of leafy vegetables from acid rain. The experiment investigated the effects of simulated acid rain on four main nutritional indicators, including soluble sugar, total free amino acid, soluble protein and vitamin C during the application of simulated acid rain(SAR) in pakchoi(Brassica rapa chinensis), rape(Brassica campestris L.) and lettuce(Lactuca sativa Linn. var. ramosa Hort). The vegetables were respectively exposed to SAR of pH=7.0, 5.6, 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 and a control level of pH=6.5. The concentrations of the four main nutritional indicators were determined at harvest. The results show that nutritional quality of the three leafy vegetable species decreased with the declining of pH values of SAR. The higher the acidity of SAR was, the more significant the inhibitions were. Nutritional quality of lettuce was the most affected by simulated acid rain, followed by pakchoi and rape. The change range of soluble protein content was higher than those of the other three indicators' contents, which indicates that soluble protein is most sensitive to simulated acid rain.

  5. Acid Rain Phenomenon in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: Economic, Biodiversity, and Public Health Concern

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    J. K. C. Nduka; O. E. Orisakwe; Ezenweke, L. O.; T. E. Ezenwa; M. N. Chendo; Ezeabasili, N. G.

    2008-01-01

    Rain samples were collected from Warri and Port Harcourt, two major oil-producing cities of Nigeria in April-June, July-August, and September-October 2005 and 2006. Awka, a “non-oil” city was used as control. Samples were collected from three points, using clean plastic basins fastened to a table, 2 m above ground level and 115 m away from tall buildings and trees. Water samples were filtered and acidity determined using digital pHmeter. The results show that the rain samples were acidic. The...

  6. Reply [to “Comment on ‘Acid rain: Controllable?’”

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    Machta, Lester

    Dr. McTaggart-Cowan's letter states as a fact that enough is now known to take appropriate action to alleviate the transboundary acid rain issue. Others have stated equally as a fact the diametric opposite. I agree that some pollution control measures have already been taken with no more certainty than exists for the acid rain issue. But the costs to society were far smaller than for sulfur dioxide controls. In effect, science only plays part of the role in decisions about environmental protection, and my own personal, proenvironmental views, which might be shared with you, may not be shared by others.

  7. Reply [to “Comment on “Acid rain: Controllable?””

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    Machta, Lester

    Dr. McTaggart-Cowan's letter states as a fact that enough is now known to take appropriate action to alleviate the transboundary acid rain issue. Others have stated equally as a fact the diametric opposite. I agree that some pollution control measures have already been taken with no more certainty than exists for the acid rain issue. But the costs to society were far smaller than for sulfur dioxide controls. In effect, science only plays part of the role in decisions about environmental protection, and my own personal, proenvironmental views, which might be shared with you, may not be shared by others.

  8. Combined effects of simulated acid rain and lanthanum chloride on chloroplast structure and functional elements in rice.

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    Hu, Huiqing; Wang, Lihong; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua

    2016-05-01

    Acid rain and rare earth element (REE) pollution exist simultaneously in many agricultural regions. However, how REE pollution and acid rain affect plant growth in combination remains largely unknown. In this study, the combined effects of simulated acid rain and lanthanum chloride (LaCl3) on chloroplast morphology, chloroplast ultrastructure, functional element contents, chlorophyll content, and the net photosynthetic rate (P n) in rice (Oryza sativa) were investigated by simulating acid rain and rare earth pollution. Under the combined treatment of simulated acid rain at pH 4.5 and 0.08 mM LaCl3, the chloroplast membrane was smooth, proteins on this membrane were uniform, chloroplast structure was integrated, and the thylakoids were orderly arranged, and simulated acid rain and LaCl3 exhibited a mild antagonistic effect; the Mg, Ca, Mn contents, the chlorophyll content, and the P n increased under this combined treatment, with a synergistic effect of simulated acid rain and LaCl3. Under other combined treatments of simulated acid rain and LaCl3, the chloroplast membrane surface was uneven, a clear "hole" was observed on the surface of chloroplasts, and the thylakoids were dissolved and loose; and the P n and contents of functional elements (P, Mg, K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn and Mo) and chlorophyll decreased. Under these combined treatments, simulated acid rain and LaCl3 exhibited a synergistic effect. Based on the above results, a model of the combined effects of simulated acid rain and LaCl3 on plant photosynthesis was established in order to reveal the combined effects on plant photosynthesis, especially on the photosynthetic organelle-chloroplast. Our results would provide some references for further understanding the mechanism of the combined effects of simulated acid rain and LaCl3 on plant photosynthesis. PMID:26815371

  9. Influence of Simulated Acid Rain Corrosion on the Uniaxial Tensile Mechanical Properties of Concrete

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An experimental study on the uniaxial tensile property of concrete exposed to the acid rain environment was carried out. Acid rain with pH level of 1.0 was deposed by the mixture of sulfate and nitric acid solution in the laboratory. Dumbbell-shaped concrete specimens were immersed in the simulated acid rain completely. After being exposed to the deposed mixture for a certain period, uniaxial tensile test was performed on the concrete specimens. The results indicate that elastic modulus, tensile strength, and peak strain have a slight increase at the initial corrosion stage, and with the extension of corrosion process, elastic modulus and tensile strength decrease gradually, while the peak strain still increases. It is found that the compressive strength is more sensitive than the tensile strength in aggressive environment. Based on the experimental results, an equation was proposed to describe the ascending branch of the stress-strain curve of the concrete corroded by acid rain.

  10. Alterations in cytosol free calcium in horseradish roots simultaneously exposed to lanthanum(III) and acid rain.

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    Zhang, Xuanbo; Wang, Lihong; Zhou, Anhua; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua

    2016-04-01

    The extensive use of rare earth elements (REEs) has increased their environmental levels. REE pollution concomitant with acid rain in many agricultural regions can affect crop growth. Cytosol free calcium ions (Ca(2+)) play an important role in almost all cellular activities. However, no data have been reported regarding the role of cytosol free Ca(2+) in plant roots simultaneously exposed to REE and acid rain. In this study, the effects of exposures to lanthanum(III) and acid rain, independently and in combination, on cytosol free Ca(2+) levels, root activity, metal contents, biomass, cytosol pH and La contents in horseradish roots were investigated. The simultaneous exposures to La(III) and acid rain increased or decreased the cytosol free Ca(2+) levels, depending on the concentration of La(III), and these effects were more evident than independent exposure to La(III) or acid rain. In combined exposures, cytosol free Ca(2+) played an important role in the regulation of root activity, metal contents and biomass. These roles were closely related to La(III) dose, acid rain strength and treatment mode (independent exposure or simultaneous exposure). A low concentration of La(III) (20 mg L(-1)) could alleviate the adverse effects on the roots caused by acid rain, and the combined exposures at higher concentrations of La(III) and acid rain had synergic effects on the roots. PMID:26720810

  11. Learning about Acid Rain: A Teacher's Guide for Grades 6 through 8. EPA 430-F-08-002

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    2008-01-01

    Acid rain is a complex environmental problem which affects the United States and many other countries around the world. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 to address environmental issues, such as acid rain. Through its programs, EPA works to protect human health and the environment in the United States…

  12. Acid rain damage to carbonate stone: a quantitative assessment based on the aqueous geochemistry of rainfall runoff from stone

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    Reddy, M.M.

    1988-01-01

    An onsite experimental procedure was used to identify and quantify acid rain damage to carbonate stone, based on the change in rain runoff chemical composition. Onsite data obtained during the summer and fall of 1984 at three locations in the northeastern United States indicate that carbonate stone surface recession is related to acid deposition. -from Author

  13. A Fresh Look at the Benefits and Costs of the US Acid Rain Program

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    The US Acid Rain Program (Title IV of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments) has achieved substantial reductions in emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from power plants in the United States. We compare new estimates of the benefits and costs of Title IV to th...

  14. Acid rain compliance and coordination of state and federal utility regulation

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    Nordhaus, R.R. [Van Ness, Feldman, and Curtis, P.C., Washington, DC (United States)

    1993-07-01

    The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) impose new controls on emissions by electric utilities of the two major precursors of acid rain: sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen. Utilities, and the utility holding company systems and power pools of which they are members, will be subject to extensive and costly compliance obligations under the new stature. Most of these utilities, utility systems, and power pools are regulated by more than one utility regulatory authority. Utility regulators will need to coordinate their policies for ratemaking and for review of acid rain compliance strategies if least-cost solutions are to be implemented without imposing on rate payers and utility shareholders the costs and risks of inconsistent regulatory determinations. This article outlines the scope of the coordination problem and spells out possible approaches that utility regulators may take in dealing with it. Topics covered include the following: the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments; acid rain (SO2); acid rain (NOx); costs of compliance; implications for utility regulation - federal and state utility regulatory framework; potential jurisdictional conflicts under existing state/federal utility regulatory scheme - single utility, holding companies, power pools; Utility regulatory issues under the 1990 amendments - planning conflicts, operational conflicts; methods for dealing with potential jurisdictional conflicts; coordination mechanisms - informal consultation, rulemaking,coordination of adjudicatory proceedings, FERC rate filings.

  15. The Influence of a Collaborative Learning Environment on Primary Students' Conceptions about Acid Rain.

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    Marinopoulos, Dimitrios; Stavridou, Heleni

    2002-01-01

    Investigates primary students' conceptions of acid rain formation and its consequences to people and the environment before and after a 10-hour constructivist teaching intervention. Reports improvement in conceptions of physical and chemical phenomena among the experimental group participants. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/YDS)

  16. Student Teacher Understanding of the Greenhouse Effect, Ozone Layer Depletion, and Acid Rain.

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    Dove, Jane

    1996-01-01

    Describes the results of a survey designed to ascertain details of student teachers' knowledge and misconceptions about the greenhouse effect, acid rain, and ozone layer depletion. Results indicate familiarity with the issues but little understanding of the concepts involved and many commonly held misconceptions. (JRH)

  17. Foliar Responses that may Determine Plant Injury by Simulated Acid Rain

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    Evans, L. S.

    1979-01-01

    The aim of the research presented here is to try to use visual, scanning electron micrographs, and histological preparations as tools to predict the relative sensitivity of various plant species to simulated acid rain. It is hoped that these results might enable a prediction of the relative sensitivities of major plant groups of economic and aesthetic interest to air pollutants.

  18. Studies of Different pH Levels of Simulated Acid Rain on Lens culinaris CVS. Malika and L-830.

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    RP Malik; De Manisha; Lokendra Singh; VK Deshwal

    2013-01-01

    Simulated acid rain affected seed vigour, relative seed vigour percentage, seeding survival percentage and other related attributes in two cultivars of Lens culinaris. Treatment consist of four acidic levels in simulated acid rain pH 2.5,3.5,4.5 and 5.5.Effect of different pH of acid rain on germination, seed germination, seed germination action index, mean germination frequency etc. on cvs. malika and L-830 of Lens culinaris was studied. High acidic levels were found to be inhibitory for sur...

  19. Response of citrus and other selected plant species to simulated HCL - acid rain

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    Knott, W. M.; Heagle, A. S.

    1980-01-01

    Mature valencia orange trees were sprayed with hydrochloric acid solutions (pH 7.8, 2.0, 1.0, and 0.5) in the field at the full bloom stage and at one month after fruit set. Potted valencia orange and dwarf citrus trees, four species of plants native to Merritt Island, and four agronomic species were exposed to various pH levels of simulated acid rain under controlled conditions. The acid rain was generated from dilutions of hydrochloric acid solutions or by passing water through an exhaust generated by burning solid rocket fuel. The plants were injured severely at pH levels below 1.0, but showed only slight injury at pH levels of 2.0 and above. Threshold injury levels were between 2.0 and 3.0 pH. The sensitivity of the different plant species to acid solutions was similar. Foliar injury symptoms were representative of acid rain including necrosis of young tissue, isolated necrotic spots or patches, and leaf abscission. Mature valencia orange trees sprayed with concentrations of 1.0 pH and 0.5 pH in the field had reduced fruit yields for two harvests after the treatment. All experimental trees were back to full productivity by the third harvest after treatment.

  20. Control strategy for sulfur dioxide and acid rain pollution inChinaa

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    2000-01-01

    Several factors, namely, coal-dominated primary energy mix, extensive economic development mode, inefficient energy utilization, end the imperfect environmental regulations, result in the serious urban sulfur dioxide pollution end large-scale sulfatetype acid precipitation in China. In 1995, China's sulfur dioxide emissions reached 23.70 Mt, and the areas affected by acid rain accounted for 40% of the territory. Chinese government accords considerable importance to the sulfur dioxide end acid rain contamination. New sets of environmental friendly policies have been promulgated. But enforcement of laws and regulations on SO2 emissions need to be further improved and broadened, especially those respond to market conditions. This paper focuses particular attention on the analysis of strategy, policies, and national actions which had or should be taken against sulfur dioxide emissions nationwide to achieve the environmental targets, on the basis of which gives the technical options in future.

  1. GRADIENT DISTRIBUTION OF ACID RAIN IN THE SCENIC RESORT OF THE BAIYUN MOUNTAIN IN GUANGZHOU

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    黄健; 李福娇; 江奕光; 李琼

    2004-01-01

    This paper analyzes the samples of rainwater from January to October 1999 at three monitoring sites of Baiyun Mountain and of aerosol composition in near-surface layer in January and June 1999 at two sites. The results suggest that (1) The pH value of rainwater is between 3.13 and 7.18, and the frequency of acid rain is more than 58 %. With the ascent of the monitoring sites, the pH value of rainwater decreases, and the frequency of acid rain increases. (2) In January, the chemical aerosol compositions at different altitudes are similar, but in June the acidity of aerosol rises at the higher site because of the increase of SO42-. (3) In rainwater, the proportion is such that SO42- is the most significant anion and Ca2+ is the most important cation, but both of them decrease as the altitude ascends. The proportion of NO3- and NH4+ rise at the higher site and have more contribution to the acidity of rainwater. (4) As the impact of automobile emissions around Baiyun Mountain, the proportion of NO3-/SO42-molecular concentration reaches 0.40, and NO3- is relatively more important to the rain acidity at the higher site.

  2. Early smelter sites: A neglected chapter in the history and geography of acid rain in the United States

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    Quinn, M.-L.

    Dominant spatial and temporal theories of acid rain in the U.S. are identified, followed by brief comments on how historical data have generally been used in modern acid rain research. A frequently-cited 1982 article by E.B. Cowling is examined, one that has influenced much thinking on the history of acid rain. The article overlooks early American smelters, however, and the role they played in the true history and geography of acid rain in the United States. Continuing with this theme, a connection is established between acid rain and turn-of-the-century smelter smoke problems. Literature on the latter subject is discussed, and American and German examples are given. A beginning is then made on writing acid rain's neglected chapter, focusing on Tennessee's Copper Basin (Ducktown District) where copper smelting dates back to the 1850s. A short historical overview of this area's smelting operations is given, with particular attention to the air pollution and other environmental problems resulting from large emissions of sulfur dioxide. Five additional early smelter sites for potential study are mentioned as well. The paper concludes with some observations regarding the way in which expanded research of early smelter sites could affect the general perception of acid rain in the U.S. It is also suggested that such research might contribute to a better atmosphere for making decisions and policies pertaining to the phenomenon as it exists today.

  3. Response of soil respiration to acid rain in forests of different maturity in southern China.

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    Full Text Available The response of soil respiration to acid rain in forests, especially in forests of different maturity, is poorly understood in southern China despite the fact that acid rain has become a serious environmental threat in this region in recent years. Here, we investigated this issue in three subtropical forests of different maturity [i.e. a young pine forest (PF, a transitional mixed conifer and broadleaf forest (MF and an old-growth broadleaved forest (BF] in southern China. Soil respiration was measured over two years under four simulated acid rain (SAR treatments (CK, the local lake water, pH 4.5; T1, water pH 4.0; T2, water pH 3.5; and T3, water pH 3.0. Results indicated that SAR did not significantly affect soil respiration in the PF, whereas it significantly reduced soil respiration in the MF and the BF. The depressed effects on both forests occurred mostly in the warm-wet seasons and were correlated with a decrease in soil microbial activity and in fine root biomass caused by soil acidification under SAR. The sensitivity of the response of soil respiration to SAR showed an increasing trend with the progressive maturity of the three forests, which may result from their differences in acid buffering ability in soil and in litter layer. These results indicated that the depressed effect of acid rain on soil respiration in southern China may be more pronounced in the future in light of the projected change in forest maturity. However, due to the nature of this field study with chronosequence design and the related pseudoreplication for forest types, this inference should be read with caution. Further studies are needed to draw rigorous conclusions regarding the response differences among forests of different maturity using replicated forest types.

  4. Effect of Simulated Acid Rain on Potential Carbon and Nitrogen Mineralization in Forest Soils

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    OUYANG Xue-Jun; ZHOU Guo-Yi; HUANG Zhong-Liang; LIU Ju-Xiu; ZHANG De-Qiang; LI Jiong

    2008-01-01

    Acid rain is a serious environmental problem worldwide. In this study, a pot experiment using forest soils planted with the seedlings of four woody species was performed with weekly treatments of pH 4.40, 4.00, 3.52, and 3.05 simulated acid rain (SAR) for 42 months compared to a control of pH 5.00 lake water. The cumulative amounts of C and N mineralization in the five treated soils were determined after incubation at 25 ℃ for 65 d to examine the effects of SAR treatments.For all five treatments, cumulative CO2-C production ranged from 20.24 to 27.81 mg kg-1 dry soil, net production of available N from 17.37 to 48.95 mg kg-1 dry soil, and net production of NO-3-N from 9.09 to 46.23 mg kg-1 dry soil. SAR treatments generally enhanced the emission of CO2-C from the soils; however, SAR with pH 3.05 inhibited the emission.SAR treatments decreased the net production of available N and NO3-N. The cumulative CH4 and N2O productions from the soils increased with increasing amount of simulated acid rain. The cumulative CO2-C production and the net production of available N of the soil under Acmena acuminatissima were significantly higher (P≤0.05) than those under Schima superba and Cryptocarya concinna. The mineralization of soil organic C was related to the contents of soil organic C and N, but was not related to soil pH. However, the overall effect of acid rain on the storage of soil organic matter and the cycling of important nutrients depended on the amount of acid deposition and the types of forests.

  5. Effects of simulated acid rain on microbial characteristics in a lateritic red soil.

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    Xu, Hua-qin; Zhang, Jia-en; Ouyang, Ying; Lin, Ling; Quan, Guo-ming; Zhao, Ben-liang; Yu, Jia-yu

    2015-11-01

    A laboratory experiment was performed to examine the impact of simulated acid rain (SAR) on nutrient leaching, microbial biomass, and microbial activities in a lateritic red soil in South China. The soil column leaching experiment was conducted over a 60-day period with the following six SAR pH treatments (levels): 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 and one control treatment (pH = 7). Compared with the control treatment, the concentrations of soil organic matter, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, total potassium, soil microbial biomass carbon (MBC), soil microbial biomass nitrogen (MBN), and average well color density (AWCD) in the Ecoplates were all significantly decreased by leaching with SAR at different pH levels. The decrease in MBC and MBN indicated that acid rain reduced the soil microbial population, while the decrease in AWCD revealed that acid rain had a negative effect on soil bacterial metabolic function. Soil basal respiration increased gradually from pH 4.0 to 7.0 but decreased dramatically from pH 2.5 to 3.0. The decrease in soil nutrient was the major reason for the change of soil microbial functions. A principal component analysis showed that the major carbon sources used by the bacteria were carbohydrates and carboxylic acids. PMID:26201661

  6. Acid Rain Effects on Adirondack Streams - Results from the 2003-05 Western Adirondack Stream Survey (the WASS Project)

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    Lawrence, Gregory B.; Roy, Karen M.; Baldigo, Barry P.; Simonin, Howard A.; Passy, Sophia I.; Bode, Robert W.; Capone, Susan B.

    2009-01-01

    Traditionally lakes have been the focus of acid rain assessments in the Adirondack region of New York. However, there is a growing recognition of the importance of streams as environmental indicators. Streams, like lakes, also provide important aquatic habitat, but streams more closely reflect acid rain effects on soils and forests and are more prone to acidification than lakes. Therefore, a large-scale assessment of streams was undertaken in the drainage basins of the Oswegatchie and Black Rivers; an area of 4,585 km2 in the western Adirondack region where acid rain levels tend to be highest in New York State.

  7. Analysis on Harm of Acid Rain to Environment%酸雨对环境的危害分析

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    李明桃

    2014-01-01

    阐述了酸雨形成的原理,通过上海地区的实例分析了酸雨对环境造成的危害,旨在帮助人们认识酸雨对环境造成的危害及其严重程度。%This paper described the forming principle of acid rain,and the harm to environment caused by acid rain was analyzed,through the instance in Shanghai area,aimed to help people be conscious of the harm of acid rain on the environment and its extent.

  8. Mobility and speciation of Cd,Cu,and Zn in two acidic soils affected by simulated acid rain

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    GUO Zhao-hui; LIAO Bo-han; HUANG Chang-yong

    2005-01-01

    Through a batch experiment, the mobility and speciation of heavy metals(Cd, Cu, Zn) in two acidic forest soils from Hunan Province were studied. The results showed that the release and potential active speciation of Cd, Cu, and Zn in the tested contaminated red soil(CRS) and yellow red soil(CYRS) increased significantly with pH decreasing and ion concentrations increasing of simulated acid rain, and these effects were mainly decided by the pH value of simulated acid rain. Cd had the highest potential risk on the environment compared with Cu and Zn. Cd existed mainly in exchangeable form in residual CRS and CYRS, Cu in organically bound and Mn-oxide occluded forms, and Zn in mineral forms due to the high background values.

  9. Judicial recourse against foreign air polluters: a case study of acid rain in Europe

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    Pallemaerts, M.

    1985-01-01

    Many European nations suffering acid damage caused primarily by pollution originating outside of their borders have had little success in persuading polluters to voluntarily reduce emissions. The author explores the opportunities for private litigation by victims against foreign sources of long-range transboundary air pollution. Such private actions would establish the illegality of transboundary air pollution and draw public attention to the magnitude of the damage as well as generate compensation. Recent actions in Norway and Britain suggest that is is procrastination to insist upon more research into the cause and effects of acid rain.

  10. Effects of simulated acid rain on leaf cuticular characteristics and surface properties

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    Percy, K.E.

    1987-01-01

    The effects of simulated acid rain (SAR) on adaxial leaf cuticles were investigated for a group of plant species selected from commercially-important crops and trees which exhibited markedly different cuticular characteristics. Expanding leaves of controlled-environment grown plants were exposed from emergence to full expansion to pH 5.6, 4.6, 4.2, 3.8, 3.4, 3.0 or 2.6 simulated rain (SAR) applied at 2 mm/h on alternate days. The number of events, the amount, droplet size and velocity were representative of UK ambient rainfall characteristics. The non-acidic pH 5.6 simulated rain consisted of 14 inorganic ions in weight/volume concentrations equivalent to those measured at a site in Eastern Canada. The degree of foliar injury and size of lesions was greater on crop species with waxy leaves than those with non-waxy leaves. Injury was least on needles of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.). The relative sensitivity of the species examined to foliar injury decreased in the order: field rap (Brassica napus L.) > Eucalyptus globulus L.) > pea (Pisum sativum L.) > dwarf bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) > field bean (Vicia faba L.) > Sitka spruce.

  11. Effect of organic/inorganic compounds on the enzymes in soil under acid rain stress

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    LIU Guang-shen; XU Dong-mei; WANG Li-ming; LI Ke-bin; LIU Wei-ping

    2004-01-01

    The main effects of pollutions including acid rain, Cu2+, atrazine and their combined products on theactivities of urease, invertin, acid phosphatase and catalase were studied by means of orthogonal test. The resultsshowed that H + and Cu2+ had significant influence on the activities of four enzymes and the ability of their inhibitingfollowed the order: H+ > Cu2+ . Al3+ and atrazine only had litter effects on the activity of urease and phosphatase,respectively. Furthermore, interaction analysis revealed that Cu2+ -H+ affected on the activity of acid phosphatasesignificantly and antagonism on invertin and urease, Cu2+ -atrazine only exhibited the synergism on the activity ofacid phosphatase. But atrazine-H+ had non-interaction within the investigated concentration range. Among fourenzymes, acid phosphatase was the most sensitive one to the contaminations.

  12. Endophytic fungi in Scots pine needles: Spatial variation and consequences of simulated acid rain

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    Helander, M.L.; Neuvonen, S. (Turku Univ., Turku (F)); Sieber, T.N.; Petrini, O. (Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland))

    1994-01-01

    Within- and among-tree variation in assemblages of endophytic fungi in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) needles were studied in a subarctic area where background pollution values are low; the effects of tree density and prolonged simulated acid rain on the occurrence of endophytic fungi were investigated. The needle endophyte most frequently isolated was Cenangium ferruginosum, accounting for 64% of all fungal individuals, followed by Cyclaneusma minus (12% of all individuals). Old needles were colonized more frequently by endophytes than young ones. In young needles the colonization by endophytes increased during the summer, whereas in old ones no seasonal variation was detected. Endophyte colonization was positively correlated with stand density and was reduced on pines treated with spring water acidified with either sulphuric acid alone or in combination with nitric acid. In contrast, nitric acid alone did not affect endophyte colonization. 37 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  13. [THE EFFECT OF ACID RAIN ON ULTRASTRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONAL PARAMETERS OF PHOTOSYNTHETIC APPARATUS OF PEA LEAVES].

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    Polishchuk, A V; Vodka, M V; Belyavskaya, N A; Khomochkin, A P; Zolotareva, E K

    2016-01-01

    The effects of simulated acid rain (SAR) on the ultrastructure and functional parameters of the photosynthetic apparatus were studied using 14-day-old pea leaves as test system. Pea plants were sprayed with an aqueous solution containing NaNO₃(0.2 mM) and Na₂SO₄(0.2 mM) (pH 5.6, a control variant), or with the same solution, which was acidified to pH 2.5 (acid variant). Functional characteristics were determined by chlorophyll fluorescence analysis. Acid rain application caused reduction in the efficiency of the photosynthetic electron transport by 25%, which was accompanied by an increase by 85% in the quantum yield of thermal dissipation of excess light quanta. Ultrastructural changes in chloroplast were registered by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) after two days of the SAR-treatment of pea leaves. In this case, the changes in the structure of grana, heterogeneity of thylakoids packaging in granum, namely, the increase of intra-thylakoid gaps and thickness of granal thylakoids compared to the control were found. The migration of protein complexes in thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts isolated from leaves treated with SAR was suppressed. It was shown also that carbonic anhydrase activity was inhibited in chloroplast preparations isolated from SAR-treated pea leaves. We proposed a hypothesis on the possible inactivation of thylakoid carbonic anhydrase under SAR and its involvement in the inhibition of photochemical activity of chloroplasts. The data obtained allows to suggest that acid rains negatively affect the photosynthetic apparatus disrupting the membrane system of chloroplast. PMID:27220252

  14. [THE EFFECT OF ACID RAIN ON ULTRASTRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONAL PARAMETERS OF PHOTOSYNTHETIC APPARATUS OF PEA LEAVES].

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    Polishchuk, A V; Vodka, M V; Belyavskaya, N A; Khomochkin, A P; Zolotareva, E K

    2016-01-01

    The effects of simulated acid rain (SAR) on the ultrastructure and functional parameters of the photosynthetic apparatus were studied using 14-day-old pea leaves as test system. Pea plants were sprayed with an aqueous solution containing NaNO₃(0.2 mM) and Na₂SO₄(0.2 mM) (pH 5.6, a control variant), or with the same solution, which was acidified to pH 2.5 (acid variant). Functional characteristics were determined by chlorophyll fluorescence analysis. Acid rain application caused reduction in the efficiency of the photosynthetic electron transport by 25%, which was accompanied by an increase by 85% in the quantum yield of thermal dissipation of excess light quanta. Ultrastructural changes in chloroplast were registered by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) after two days of the SAR-treatment of pea leaves. In this case, the changes in the structure of grana, heterogeneity of thylakoids packaging in granum, namely, the increase of intra-thylakoid gaps and thickness of granal thylakoids compared to the control were found. The migration of protein complexes in thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts isolated from leaves treated with SAR was suppressed. It was shown also that carbonic anhydrase activity was inhibited in chloroplast preparations isolated from SAR-treated pea leaves. We proposed a hypothesis on the possible inactivation of thylakoid carbonic anhydrase under SAR and its involvement in the inhibition of photochemical activity of chloroplasts. The data obtained allows to suggest that acid rains negatively affect the photosynthetic apparatus disrupting the membrane system of chloroplast.

  15. Response of peroxidase and catalase to acid rain stress during seed germination of rice, wheat, and rape

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    Lihong WANG; Xiaohua HUANG; Qing ZHOU

    2008-01-01

    Seed germination of plants with various acid-resistance display different responses to acid rain. To understand the reason why such differences occur, the effects of simulated acid rain (pH 2.5-5.0) on the activities of peroxidase (ROD) and catalase (CAT) during seed ger-mination of rice (O. sativa),-wheat (T. aestivum), and rape (B. chinensis var. oleifera) were investigated. Results indi-cated that the maximum change in activities of CAT and POD by acid rain treatment with different acidity and time in relation to the referent treatment without acid rain, was in the order: rice (28.8%, 31.7%)wheat (4.0)>rape (5.0). Moreover, the change in activity of POD was higher than that of CAT, which showed that POD was more sensitive to acid rain stress than CAT. The difference in the ability of POD and CAT in removing free radicals was one reason why the germina-tion indexes of these three species behaved differently.

  16. Ammonium Variational Trends and the Ammonia Neutralization Effect on Acid Rain over East Asia

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    GAO Chao; WANG Zi-Fa; Enagnon A. GBAGUIDI

    2010-01-01

    The distribution and variations of ammonium and the ammonia neutralization effect on acid rain were examined in East Asia during the period of 2000-05 using observed wet deposition data from the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET). Observational trends show a high proportion of NH4+ in the total cations, with a six-year mean proportion of over 20% for continental and inland regions. The concentrations and deposition of NH4+ were higher in western China and Vietnam than in other regions. The annual variations in NH4+ concentration were smooth in most of the regions, except for southern China and Vietnam, where the NH4+ concentrations increased, and western China, where the NH4+ concentrations decreased. The neutralization factors (NFs) of NH4+ indicate that ammonia has a great neutralization capability toward acid rain, including for the regions with low NH4+ concentrations, such as Japan. The NFs were high in summer, with no obvious discrepancies between the northern and southern stations. However, the correlation coefficients between NH4+ concentrations and rain pH values imply that the ammonia neutralization effects on the pH values were distinct only at southern China and southern Japan stations. The neutralization of precipitation by ammonia was estimated by comparing the discrepancies between the observed pH values and the pH values calculated without ammonia consuming the H+ in NH4+. The results demonstrate that ammonia may increase annual mean pH values by 0.4-0.7 in southern China and by 0.15-0.25 in southern Japan.

  17. Different responses of two Mosla species to potassium limitation in relation to acid rain deposition

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    Meng WANG; Bao-jing GU; Ying GE; Zhen LIU; De-an JIANG; Scott X. CHANG; Jie CHANG

    2009-01-01

    The increasingly serious problem of acid rain is leading to increased potassium (K) loss from soils, and in our field investigation, we found that even congenerically relative Mosla species show different tolerance to K-deficiency. A hydroponic study was conducted on the growth of two Mosla species and their morphological, physiological and stoichiometric traits in response to limited (0.35 mmol K/L), normal (3.25 mmol K/L) and excessive (6.50 mmol K/L) K concentrations. Mosla hang-chowensis is an endangered plant, whereas Mosla dianthera a widespread weed. In the case of M. hangchowensis, in comparison with normal K concentration, K-limitation induced a significant reduction in net photosynthetic rate (Pn), soluble protein content, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, but an increase in malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration. However, leaf mass ratio (LMR) and root mass ratio (RMR) were changed little by K-limitation. In contrast, for M. dianthera, K-limitation had little effect on Pn, soluble protein content, SOD activity, and MDA concentration, but increased LMR and RMR. Critical values of N (nitrogen):K and K:P (phosphorus) ratios in the shoots indicated that limitation in acquiring K occurred under K-limited conditions for M. hangchowensis but not for M. dianthera. We found that low K content in natural habitats was a restrictive factor in the growth and distribution of M. hangchowensis, and soil K-deficiency caused by acid rain worsened the situation of M. hangchowensis, while M. dianthera could well acclimate to the increasing K-deficiency. We suggest that controlling the acid rain and applying K fertilizers may be an effective way to rescue the endangered M. hangchowensis.

  18. An evaluation of the effects of acid rain on low conductivity headwater streams in Pennsylvania

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    Ritter, John R.; Brown, Ann E.

    1981-01-01

    Analyses of water collected at 32 sites on headwater streams in Pennsylvania during low-flow conditions in 1970-80 were compared to pre-1971 data to evaluate whether acid rain had changed the chemistry of the streams in the previous decade. Most pH, alkalinity, and sulfate values of the samples collected in 1970-80 fell within the ranges of values for samples collected before 1971. The limited data indicate, however, that pH may have increased and alkalinity and sulfate may have decreased with time.

  19. Effects of simulated acid rain on leaf anatomy and micromorphology of Genipa americana L. (Rubiaceae

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    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Experiments were conducted in order to characterize the injuries on leaf structure and micromorphology of G. americana and evaluate the degree of susceptibility of this species to simulated acid rain. Plants were exposed to acid rain (pH 3.0 for ten consecutive days. Control plants were submitted only to distilled water (pH 6.0. Leaf tissue was sampled and fixed for light and scanning electron microscopy. Necrotic interveinal spots on the leaf blade occurred. Epidermis and mesophyll cells collapse, hypertrophy of spongy parenchyma cells, accumulation of phenolic compounds and starch grains were observed in leaves exposed to acid rain. The micromorphological analysis showed, in necrotic areas, plasmolized guard cells and cuticle rupture. Epidermal and mesophyll cells alterations occurred before symptoms were visualized in the leaves. These results showed the importance of anatomical data for precocious diagnosis injury and to determine the sensitivity of G. americana to acid rain.Experimentos foram conduzidos para avaliar o grau de susceptibilidade e determinar as injúrias causadas pela chuva ácida simulada na anatomia e micromorfologia foliar de Genipa americana. Plantas foram expostas à chuva com pH 3,0 durante 10 dias consecutivos. No tratamento controle utilizou-se apenas água destilada (pH 6,0. Amostras foliares foram coletadas e fixadas para microscopia de luz e eletrônica de varredura. Foram observados nas folhas expostas à chuva ácida: necroses pontuais intervenais, colapso das células do mesofilo e da epiderme; hipertrofia do parênquima lacunoso e acúmulo de compostos fenólicos e grãos de amido. A análise micromorfológica evidenciou, nas áreas necrosadas, plasmólise das células-guarda e ruptura da cutícula e da crista estomática. Alterações anatômicas ocorreram antes que sintomas visuais fossem observados nas folhas. Estes resultados comprovam a importância de dados anatômicos na diagnose precoce da injúria e na

  20. Assessing the costs and market impacts of carbon sequestration, climate change, and acid rain

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    This thesis provides fourteen journal articles and papers. Thirteen of these papers were published in referred journals, covering environmental economics, policy modelling, policy analysis, and the physical sciences. One paper was published as a USDA Forest Service research report. The papers in the thesis are divided into three topical areas: 1) Section 2: The Economics of Carbon Sequestration. Eight papers plus Appendix A of the thesis cover the development and application of models to estimate the economic costs and management consequences of policies to sequester carbon emissions by planting trees on agricultural land in the US or through more intensive forest management. 2) Section 3: The Economics of Climate Change Damages. Two papers of the thesis cover the development of models that can be used to estimate the market and nonmarket damages associated with the impacts of climate change on water resources in the US. 3) Section 4: The Economics of Acid Rain Damages. Three papers in the thesis examine the methods that were developed to estimate the damages due to acid rain in the US by the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP) and discuss more generally the role of economic policy analysis in this assessment. (EHS)

  1. Seasonal changes in dominant bacterial taxa from acidic peatlands of the Atlantic Rain Forest.

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    Etto, Rafael Mazer; Cruz, Leonardo Magalhães; da Conceição Jesus, Ederson; Galvão, Carolina Weigert; Galvão, Franklin; de Souza, Emanuel Maltempi; de Oliveira Pedrosa, Fábio; Reynaud Steffens, Maria Berenice

    2014-09-01

    The acidic peatlands of southern Brazil are essential for maintenance of the Atlantic Rain Forest, one of the 25 hot-spots of biodiversity in the world. While these ecosystems are closely linked to conservation issues, their microbial community ecology and composition remain unknown. In this work, histosol samples were collected from three acidic peatland regions during dry and rainy seasons and their chemical and microbial characteristics were evaluated. Culturing and culture-independent approaches based on SSU rRNA gene pyrosequencing were used to survey the bacterial community and to identify environmental factors affecting the biodiversity and microbial metabolic potential of the Brazilian peatlands. All acidic peatlands were dominated by the Acidobacteria phylum (56-22%) followed by Proteobacteria (28-12%). The OTU richness of these phyla and the abundance of their Gp1, Gp2, Gp3, Gp13, Rhodospirillales and Caulobacteriales members varied according to the period of collection and significantly correlated with the rainy season. However, despite changes in acidobacterial and proteobacterial communities, rainfall did not affect the microbial metabolic potential of the southern Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest peatlands, as judged by the metabolic capabilities of the microbial community. PMID:24893336

  2. Complex toxic effects of Cd2+, Zn2+, and acid rain on growth of kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L).

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    Liao, Bo-han; Liu, Hong-yu; Zeng, Qing-ru; Yu, Ping-zhong; Probst, Anne; Probst, Jean-Luc

    2005-08-01

    Complex toxic effects of Cd2+, Zn2+, and acid rain on growth of kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) were studied in a pot experiment by measurement of fresh weights of the plants, determination of surperoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD), and lipid peroxidation (MDA) in the plant organs, and observation of injury symptoms. The experimental results demonstrated that all treatments of Cd2+, Zn2+, and/or acid rain significantly decreased fresh weights of kidney bean and caused toxic effects on growth of the plants, especially higher amounts of Cd2+ and Zn2+ and higher acidity of acid rain. Combination of these three pollutant factors resulted in more serious toxic effects than any single pollutant and than combinations of any two pollutants. SOD, POD, and MDA in the plant organs changed with different pollution levels, but MDA content in the leaves showed the best relationship between the pollution levels and toxic effects.

  3. Efficient inhibition of heavy metal release from mine tailings against acid rain exposure by triethylenetetramine intercalated montmorillonite (TETA-Mt).

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    Gong, Beini; Wu, Pingxiao; Huang, Zhujian; Li, Yuanyuan; Yang, Shanshan; Dang, Zhi; Ruan, Bo; Kang, Chunxi

    2016-11-15

    The potential application of triethylenetetramine intercalated montmorillonite (TETA-Mt) in mine tailings treatment and AMD (acid mine drainage) remediation was investigated with batch experiments. The structural and morphological characteristics of TETA-Mt were analyzed with XRD, FTIR, DTG-TG and SEM. The inhibition efficiencies of TETA-Mt against heavy metal release from mine tailings when exposed to acid rain leaching was examined and compared with that of triethylenetetramine (TETA) and Mt. Results showed that the overall inhibition by TETA-Mt surpassed that by TETA or Mt for various heavy metal ions over an acid rain pH range of 3-5.6 and a temperature range of 25-40°C. When mine tailings were exposed to acid rain of pH 4.8 (the average rain pH of the mining site where the mine tailings were from), TETA-Mt achieved an inhibition efficiency of over 90% for Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+) and Mn(2+) release, and 70% for Pb(2+) at 25°C. It was shown that TETA-Mt has a strong buffering capacity. Moreover, TETA-Mt was able to adsorb heavy metal ions and the adsorption process was fast, suggesting that coordination was mainly responsible. These results showed the potential of TETA-Mt in AMD mitigation, especially in acid rain affected mining area. PMID:27450331

  4. Runoff changes in Czech headwater regions after deforestation induced by acid rains

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    Buchtele, J.; Buchtelova, M.; Hrkal, Z.; Koskova, R.

    2003-04-01

    Tendencies in water regime resulting from land-use change represent an important subject for research and in the region of so called Black Triangle at the borders of Czech Republic, Germany and Poland urgent practical problem. Namely extensive deforestation in Czech hilly basins induced by acid rains, which appeared in seventies and eighties, requires attention. Discussions among professionals and public, sometimes having emotional character, took place after large floods on the rivers Odra and Morava in 1997 and in Vltava and Elbe river basins in August 2002. The influence of deforestation induced by acid rains in the Central Europe has been considered as important contribution to disastrous character of floods. Simulations of rainfall-runoff process in several catchments and experimental basins in two distinct headwater regions along German borders, with different extent of deforestation have been carried out using daily time series up to 40 years long. The outputs of two hydrological models of different structure have been compared in these investigations: - the conceptual model SAC-SMA - Sacramento soil moisture accounting - physically based 1- D model BROOK´90 The differences between observed and simulated discharge, which could show the tendencies in the runoff have been followed. They indicate increase of runoff after deforestation.

  5. Corrosion behavior of LY12CZ aluminum alloy in simulated acid rain solution

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    安百刚; 张学元; 宋诗哲; 李洪锡; 韩恩厚

    2003-01-01

    The variations of corrosion potential, electrochemical impedance and surface morphology of LY12 alumi-num alloy with pH of simulated acidic rain solutions were investigated with EIS and SEM. It is found that corrosionpotential shifts to less noble value with increasing pH in the solutions of pH lower than 3.1 and shifts to more noblevalue in the solutions of pH higher than 3.1. In the solutions of pH lower than 3.1,the electrochemical impedancediagram has a capacitive loop at higher frequency and an inductive loop at lower frequency and the magnitude of highfrequency loop decreases with decreasing pH and increasing period of immersion. However, in the solutions of pHhigher than 3.4 two capacitive loops appear and the magnitude of high frequency loops increases with pH and periodof immersion. Observation of SEM shows that the pitting intensity increases with decreasing pH in the range ofpH2.0~3.4, no evident pits are observed at pH higher than 3.4. The experiment results were discussed from re-sistance of oxide film and adsorption processes of anions in simulated acid rain solution.

  6. 基于GIS的中国酸雨控制区酸雨空间分布特征研究%Spatial Distribution of Acid Rain in Acid Rain Pollution Controlled Area of China Based on GIS

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    2014-01-01

    利用全国74个酸雨监测站点2004-2006年降水-pH 数据,通过ArcGIS空间插值,模拟酸雨pH空间分布,根据酸雨“两控区”方案,提取酸雨控制区的酸雨pH空间分布,进行GIS空间分析.结果表明:中国的酸雨严重区主要分布在四川盆地、长江以南广大地区,酸雨强度沿长江向西北和东部有扩大趋势,四川盆地酸雨区已与华南酸雨区连成一片;3年间,pH<5.6的酸雨范围相对研究区面积比值由56.73%扩大到73.11%,pH<4.5的严重酸雨区由2.15%扩大到10.41%,2006年增幅最大;不同等级酸雨范围扩大趋势明显,酸雨污染趋于严重.%The pH distribution of acid rain in the acid rain pollution controlled area in China is simu-lated by using the monitoring data of acid rains from 2004 to 2006 obtained from 74 acid rain monitoring sites with spatial interpolation of ArcGIS. GIS spatial analysis method is used to analyze the distribution of acid rain of the acid rain pollution areas which is extracted from the interpolated map. As the results show,the most serious acid rain polluted areas are located in Sichuan Basin and areas to the south of the Yangtze River;the variations of gradual acid rain region expand from southern China to the northwest and Eastern China along the Yangtze River;the ratio of acid rain range of pH less than 5.6 to the acid rain pollution controlled area expands from 56.73% to 73.11% in the 3-year period;the ratio of the most seri-ous polluted area of pH less than 4.5 expands from 2.15% to 10.41%,which grew the fastest in 2006;the expanding trends of acid rain ranges of different grades are very significant;and the acid rain pollution has become more serious.

  7. Acid rain publications by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1979-1989

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    Villella, Rita F.

    1989-01-01

    Pollution of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems has been a concern to society since the burning of fossil fuels began in the industrial revolution. In the past decade or so, this concern has been heightened by evidence that chemical transformation in the atmosphere of combustion by-products and subsequent long-range transport can cause environmental damage in remote areas. The extent of this damage and the rates of ecological recovery were largely unknown. "Acid rain" became the environmental issue of the 1980's. To address the increasing concerns of the public, in 1980 the Federal government initiated a 10-year interagency research program to develop information that could be used by the President and the Congress in making decisions for emission controls. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been an active participant in acid precipitation research. The Service provided support to a number of scientific conferences and forums, including the Action Seminar on Acid Precipitation held in Toronto, Canada, in 1979, an international symposium on Acidic Precipitation and Fishery Impacts in Northeastern North America in 1981, and a symposium on Acidic Precipitation and Atmospheric Deposition: A Western Perspective in 1982. These meetings as well as the growing involvement with the government's National Acidic Precipitation Assessment Program placed the Service in the lead in research on the biological effects of acidic deposition. Research projects have encompassed water chemistry, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, fish, and waterfowl. Water quality surveys have been conducted to help determine the extent of acid precipitation effects in the northeast, Middle Atlantic, and Rocky Mountain regions. In addition to lake and stream studies, research in wetland and some terrestrial habitats has also been conducted. Specific projects have addressed important sport species such as brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), and striped bass (Morone

  8. Acid Rain Examination and Chemical Composition of Atmospheric Precipitation in Tehran, Iran

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Air pollution is one of the most important environmental problems in metropolitan cities like Tehran. Rain and snow, as natural events, may dissolve and absorb contaminants of the air and direct them onto the land or surface waters which become polluted. In the present study, precipitation samples were collected from an urbanized area of Tehran. They were analyzed for NO3-, PO43-, SO42-, pH, turbidity, Electrical Conductivity (EC, Cu, Fe, Zn, Pb, Ni, Cr, and Al. We demonstrate that snow samples were often more polluted and had lower pH than those from the rain, possibly as an effect of adsorption capability of snow flakes. Volume weighted average concentrations were calculated and compared with some other studies. Results revealed that Tehran's precipitations are much more polluted than those reported from other metropolitan cities. Cluster analysis revealed that studied parameters such as metals and acidity originated from the same sources, such as fuel combustion in residential and transportation sectors of Tehran.

  9. X-Ray Characterisation of Various Aluminium Phases in the Medicinal Herb Bacopa Monnieri Affected by Simulated Acid Rain

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    Mallick, B.

    2012-01-01

    In the present investigation various aluminium-based new phases formed due to substitution of sulphur via simulated acid rain in Bacopa monnieri have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. So far there is no report on the effects of acid rain on the B. monnieri herb and its vital properties like memory-boosting mechanism. Therefore, in the present study, an attempt has been made to analyze the various aluminium phase (salt) formations due to the substitution of sulphur via sim...

  10. Effect of simulated acid rain on the mutualism between tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and an endophytic fungus (Acremonium coenophialum)

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    Cheplick, G.P. (Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater (United States))

    1993-03-01

    Biotic interactions between plants and microorganisms have the potential to be affected by acidic precipitation. I examined the effect of simulated sulfuric acid rain on the mutualism between a perennial forage grass (Festuca arundinacea) and a fungal endophyte (Acremonium coenophialum). Acid water was supplied as mists sprayed onto leaf surfaces or as water added to the soil for two groups in a greenhouse: one group had high levels of endophyte infection, while the other was predominantly noninfected. Control plants received distilled water (pH 6), while others received sulfuric acid water at pH 4.5 or pH 3. Plants were harvested after 4, 6, 8, and 23 wk. Leaf endophyte infection intensity as measured by hyphal counts was not affected by acid water treatment. Root mass and root: shoot ratios generally decreased with increasing acidity of both foliar sprays and soil water, but shoot mass was mostly not affected. There was a significant pH x infection interaction for plants exposed to acidic foliar sprays for 4 wk; root and shoot mass decreased with acidity, but only for infected plants. It was found that acid rain may be deleterious to tall fescue growth at specific stages of development, but biomass production in response to acid rain is not likely to be influenced by fungal endophytes within mature plants. 55 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. Organic acids in cloud water and rainwater at a mountain site in acid rain areas of South China.

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    Sun, Xiao; Wang, Yan; Li, Haiyan; Yang, Xueqiao; Sun, Lei; Wang, Xinfeng; Wang, Tao; Wang, Wenxing

    2016-05-01

    To investigate the chemical characteristics of organic acids and to identify their source, cloud water and rainwater samples were collected at Mount Lu, a mountain site located in the acid rain-affected area of south China, from August to September of 2011 and March to May of 2012. The volume-weighted mean (VWM) concentration of organic acids in cloud water was 38.42 μeq/L, ranging from 7.45 to 111.46 μeq/L, contributing to 2.50 % of acidity. In rainwater samples, organic acid concentrations varied from 12.39 to 68.97 μeq/L (VWM of 33.39 μeq/L). Organic acids contributed significant acidity to rainwater, with a value of 17.66 %. Formic acid, acetic acid, and oxalic acid were the most common organic acids in both cloud water and rainwater. Organic acids had an obviously higher concentration in summer than in spring in cloud water, whereas there was much less discrimination in rainwater between the two seasons. The contribution of organic acids to acidity was lower during summer than during spring in both cloud water (2.20 % in summer vs 2.83 % in spring) and rainwater (12.24 % in summer vs 19.89 % in spring). The formic-to-acetic acid ratio (F/A) showed that organic acids were dominated by primary emissions in 71.31 % of the cloud water samples and whole rainwater samples. Positive matrix factorization (PMF) analysis determined four factors as the sources of organic acids in cloud water, including biogenic emissions (61.8 %), anthropogenic emissions (15.28 %), marine emissions (15.07 %) and soil emissions (7.85 %). The findings from this study imply an indispensable role of organic acids in wet deposition, but organic acids may have a limited capacity to increase ecological risks in local environments. PMID:26841776

  12. Physiological responses of root-less epiphytic plants to acid rain.

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    Kováčik, Jozef; Klejdus, Bořivoj; Bačkor, Martin; Stork, František; Hedbavny, Josef

    2011-03-01

    Selected physiological responses of Tillandsia albida (Bromeliaceae) and two lichens (Hypogymnia physodes and Xanthoria parietina) exposed to simulated acid rain (AR) over 3 months were studied. Pigments were depressed in all species being affected the most in Tillandsia. Amounts of hydrogen peroxide and superoxide were elevated and soluble proteins decreased only in AR-exposed Hypogymnia. Free amino acids were slightly affected among species and only glutamate sharply decreased in AR-exposed Xanthoria. Slight increase in soluble phenols but decrease in flavonoids in almost all species suggests that the latter are not essential for tolerance to AR. Almost all phenolic acids in Tillandsia leaves decreased in response to AR and activities of selected enzymes (phenylalanine ammonia-lyase, polyphenol oxidase, ascorbate- and guaiacol-peroxidase) were enhanced by AR. In lichens, considerable increase in metabolites (physodalic acid, atranorin and parietin) in response to AR was found but amount of ergosterol was unchanged. Macronutrients (K, Ca, Mg) decreased more pronouncedly in comparison with micronutrients in all species. Xanthoria showed higher tolerance in comparison with Hypogymnia, suggesting that could be useful for long-term biomonitoring.

  13. Physiological responses of root-less epiphytic plants to acid rain.

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    Kováčik, Jozef; Klejdus, Bořivoj; Bačkor, Martin; Stork, František; Hedbavny, Josef

    2011-03-01

    Selected physiological responses of Tillandsia albida (Bromeliaceae) and two lichens (Hypogymnia physodes and Xanthoria parietina) exposed to simulated acid rain (AR) over 3 months were studied. Pigments were depressed in all species being affected the most in Tillandsia. Amounts of hydrogen peroxide and superoxide were elevated and soluble proteins decreased only in AR-exposed Hypogymnia. Free amino acids were slightly affected among species and only glutamate sharply decreased in AR-exposed Xanthoria. Slight increase in soluble phenols but decrease in flavonoids in almost all species suggests that the latter are not essential for tolerance to AR. Almost all phenolic acids in Tillandsia leaves decreased in response to AR and activities of selected enzymes (phenylalanine ammonia-lyase, polyphenol oxidase, ascorbate- and guaiacol-peroxidase) were enhanced by AR. In lichens, considerable increase in metabolites (physodalic acid, atranorin and parietin) in response to AR was found but amount of ergosterol was unchanged. Macronutrients (K, Ca, Mg) decreased more pronouncedly in comparison with micronutrients in all species. Xanthoria showed higher tolerance in comparison with Hypogymnia, suggesting that could be useful for long-term biomonitoring. PMID:21161375

  14. Evaluation of different approaches for modeling effects of acid rain on soils in China

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    Acid deposition is an environmental problem of increasing concern in China. Acidic soils are common in the southern part of the country and soil acidification caused by acid deposition is expected to occur. Here we test and apply two different approaches for modeling effects of acid deposition and compare results with observed data from sites throughout southern China. The dynamic model MAGIC indicates that, during the last few decades, soil acidification rates have increased considerably due to acid deposition. This acidification will continue if sulfur deposition is not reduced, and if reduced more rapidly than base cation deposition. With the Steady State Mass Balance model (SSMB), and assuming that a molar ratio of Ca2+/Al3+<1 in soil water is harmful to vegetation, we estimate a slight probability for exceedance of the critical load for present deposition rates. Results from both modeling approaches show a strong dependence with deposition of base cations as well as sulfur. Hence, according to the models, changes in emission control of alkaline particulate matter prior to sulfur dioxide will be detrimental to the environment. Model calculations are, however, uncertain, particularly because available data on base cation deposition fluxes are scarce, and that model formulation of aluminum chemistry does not fully reproduce observations. An effort should be made to improve our present knowledge regarding deposition fluxes. Improvements to the model are suggested. Our work indicates that the critical loads presented in the regional acid deposition assessment model RAINS-Asia are too stringent. We find weaknesses in the SSMB approach, developed for northern European conditions, when applying it to Chinese conditions. We suggest an improved effort to revise the risk parameters for use in critical load estimates in China

  15. Bolide impacts, acid rain, and biospheric traumas at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary

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    Prinn, Ronald G.; Fegley, Bruce, Jr.

    1987-01-01

    Two plausible projectiles are considered: an ice-rich long-period comet and a much smaller rock-metal asteroid. In the framework of a proposal addressed by Lewis et al. (1982), it is shown that, while the impact projectiles themselves do not shock-heat the atmosphere very extensively, the supersonic plume of water vapor and rock produced on impact does shock the atmosphere up to global scales and the shock is of sufficient intensity to produce abundant nitric oxide. For example, an ice-rich long-period comet with a mass of 1.25 x 10 to the 16th kg and a velocity of 65 km/s striking the earth would produce about 7 x 10 to the 40th molecules NO through shock-heating of the atmosphere by the high-velocity ejecta plume fragments. Specific attention is given to the fraction of the atmosphere shock-heated, the global circulation of the nitrogen oxides, the effects of the ejecta plume water on acid rain (AR) predictions, the effects of AR on continental soils, the relationship between AR production rates and the total amount of acid needed to acidify the surface oceans, and the longevity of the oceanic acidity event and the exhaled CO2 event and their implications for the environment in the first millenia or so after the impact.

  16. The role of calcium in improving photosynthesis and related physiological and biochemical attributes of spring wheat subjected to simulated acid rain

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    The response of photosynthesis parameters, catalase, superoxide dismutase and peroxidase activity, malondialdehyde, proline, chlorophyll, yield and yield components to foliar application of calcium and simulated acid rain in wheat were investigated. Foliar treatment of calcium led to significant increases in the photosynthesis rate, transpiration rate, stomatal conductance, proline, chlorophyll, yield and yield components in plants subjected to acid rain. Antioxidant enzyme activity and lipid...

  17. X-Ray Characterisation of Various Aluminium Phases in the Medicinal Herb Bacopa Monnieri Affected by Simulated Acid Rain

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In the present investigation various aluminium-based new phases formed due to substitution of sulphur via simulated acid rain in Bacopa monnieri have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD technique. So far there is no report on the effects of acid rain on the B. monnieri herb and its vital properties like memory-boosting mechanism. Therefore, in the present study, an attempt has been made to analyze the various aluminium phase (salt formations due to the substitution of sulphur via simulated acid rain (SiAR in B. Monnieri because of its toxicological importance. The new phases like AlH(SO42 and Al2S3 along with usual Al2O3:H2O, MgO, FeAl2(PO42(OH2:8H2O, (K2Ca(SO42:H2O, have been observed in B. monnieri when treated with sulphuric-simulated acid rain (S-SiAR of two different pH (3.39 and 5.45 for 20 weeks. These Al-based new salts formed in the above medicinal herb due to the induction of S-SiAR may cause Alzheimer’s disease and induce other abnormities.

  18. Development and Implementation of a Simple, Engaging Acid Rain Neutralization Experiment and Corresponding Animated Instructional Video for Introductory Chemistry Students

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    Rand, Danielle; Yennie, Craig J.; Lynch, Patrick; Lowry, Gregory; Budarz, James; Zhu, Wenlei; Wang, Li-Qiong

    2016-01-01

    Here we describe an acid rain neutralization laboratory experiment and its corresponding instructional video. This experiment has been developed and implemented for use in the teaching laboratory of a large introductory chemistry course at Brown University. It provides a contextually relevant example to introduce beginner-level students with…

  19. Evaluating Potential Bias in Media Coverage of the Public Debate over Acid Rain and Chlorofluorocarbons in the 1980s

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    Williams, Tiffany Dawn; Moore, Rebecca; Markewitz, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    This study evaluates media coverage of two important environmental issues from the 1980s (acid rain and chlorofluorocarbons), providing historical context for current media coverage analysis. Focusing on popular magazine articles, this study identifies key characteristics of content and presentation. Content-related characteristics are inclusion…

  20. Combined Effects of Lanthanum (III) and Acid Rain on Antioxidant Enzyme System in Soybean Roots.

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    Zhang, Xuanbo; Du, Yuping; Wang, Lihong; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua; Sun, Zhaoguo

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth element pollution (REEs) and acid rain (AR) pollution simultaneously occur in many regions, which resulted in a new environmental issue, the combined pollution of REEs and AR. The effects of the combined pollution on the antioxidant enzyme system of plant roots have not been reported. Here, the combined effects of lanthanum ion (La3+), one type of REE, and AR on the antioxidant enzyme system of soybean roots were investigated. In the combined treatment of La3+ (0.08 mM) and AR, the cell membrane permeability and the peroxidation of cell membrane lipid of soybean roots increased, and the superoxide dismutase, catalase, peroxidase and reduced ascorbic acid served as scavengers of reactive oxygen species. In other combined treatments of La3+ (0.40 mM, 1.20 mM) and AR, the membrane permeability, malonyldialdehyde content, superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content increased, while the catalase activity decreased. The increased superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content were inadequate to scavenge the excess hydrogen peroxide and superoxide, leading to the damage of the cell membrane, which was aggravated with the increase in the concentration of La3+ and the level of AR. The deleterious effects of the combined treatment of La3+ and AR were stronger than those of the single treatment of La3+ or AR. Moreover, the activity of antioxidant enzyme system in the combined treatment group was affected directly and indirectly by mineral element content in soybean plants. PMID:26230263

  1. Combined Effects of Lanthanum (III and Acid Rain on Antioxidant Enzyme System in Soybean Roots.

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    Full Text Available Rare earth element pollution (REEs and acid rain (AR pollution simultaneously occur in many regions, which resulted in a new environmental issue, the combined pollution of REEs and AR. The effects of the combined pollution on the antioxidant enzyme system of plant roots have not been reported. Here, the combined effects of lanthanum ion (La3+, one type of REE, and AR on the antioxidant enzyme system of soybean roots were investigated. In the combined treatment of La3+ (0.08 mM and AR, the cell membrane permeability and the peroxidation of cell membrane lipid of soybean roots increased, and the superoxide dismutase, catalase, peroxidase and reduced ascorbic acid served as scavengers of reactive oxygen species. In other combined treatments of La3+ (0.40 mM, 1.20 mM and AR, the membrane permeability, malonyldialdehyde content, superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content increased, while the catalase activity decreased. The increased superoxide dismutase activity, peroxidase activity and reduced ascorbic acid content were inadequate to scavenge the excess hydrogen peroxide and superoxide, leading to the damage of the cell membrane, which was aggravated with the increase in the concentration of La3+ and the level of AR. The deleterious effects of the combined treatment of La3+ and AR were stronger than those of the single treatment of La3+ or AR. Moreover, the activity of antioxidant enzyme system in the combined treatment group was affected directly and indirectly by mineral element content in soybean plants.

  2. Acid rain effects on aluminum mobilization clarified by inclusion of strong organic acids

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    Lawrence, G.B.; Sutherland, J.W.; Boylen, C.W.; Nierzwicki-Bauer, S. W.; Momen, B.; Baldigo, Barry P.; Simonin, H.A.

    2007-01-01

    Assessments of acidic deposition effects on aquatic ecosystems have often been hindered by complications from naturally occurring organic acidity. Measurements of pH and ANCG, the most commonly used indicators of chemical effects, can be substantially influenced by the presence of organic acids. Relationships between pH and inorganic Al, which is toxic to many forms of aquatic biota, are also altered by organic acids. However, when inorganic Al concentrations are plotted against ANC (the sum of Ca2+, Mg 2+, Na+, and K+, minus SO42-, NO3-, and Cl-), a distinct threshold for Al mobilization becomes apparent. If the concentration of strong organic anions is included as a negative component of ANC, the threshold occurs at an ANC value of approximately zero, the value expected from theoretical charge balance constraints. This adjusted ANC is termed the base-cation surplus. The threshold relationship between the base-cation surplus and Al was shown with data from approximately 200 streams in the Adirondack region of New York, during periods with low and high dissolved organic carbon concentrations, and for an additional stream from the Catskill region of New York. These results indicate that (1) strong organic anions can contribute to the mobilization of inorganic Al in combination with SO42- and NO 3-, and (2) the presence of inorganic Al in surface waters is an unambiguous indication of acidic deposition effects. ?? 2007 American Chemical Society.

  3. Leaf surface and histological perturbations of leaves of Phaseolus vulgaris and Helianthus annuus after exposure to simulated acid rain

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    Evans, L.S. (Manhattan Coll., Bronx, NY); Gmur, N.F.; Da Costa, F.

    1977-08-01

    Initial injury to adaxial leaf surfaces of Phaseolus vulgaris and Helianthus annuus occurred near trichomes and stomata after exposure to simulated sulfate acid rain. Lesion frequency was not correlated with density of either stomata or trichomes but was correlated with degree of leaf expansion. The number of lesions per unit area increased with total leaf area. Results suggest that characteristics of the leaf indumentum such as development of trichomes and guard cells and/or cuticle thickness near these structures may be involved in lesion development. Adaxial epidermal cell collapse was the first event in lesion development. Palisade cells and eventually spongy mesophyll cells collapsed after continued, daily exposure to simulated rain of low pH. Lesion development on Phaseolus vulgaris followed a specific course of events after exposure to simulated rain of known composition, application rate, drop size frequency, drop velocities, and frequency of exposures. These results allow development of further experiments to observe accurately other parameters, such as nutrient inputs and nutrient leaching from foliage, after exposure to simulated sulfate acid rain.

  4. Planning of an Integrated Acidification Study and Survey on Acid Rain Impacts in China. Final Report

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    Lydersen, Espen; Angell, Valter; Eilertsen, Odd; Muniz, Ivar P. [Norsk Inst. for Naturforskning, Trondheim (Norway); Larssen, Thorbjoern; Seip, Hans Martin; Aagaard, Per; Vogt, Rolf D. [Oslo Univ. (Norway); Mulder, Jan

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    This is the final report from the PIAC project, which was a multidisciplinary survey on acid rain in China. One goal was to document effects of airborne acidifying compounds on vegetation, soil, soil- and surface-water and aquatic biota. Other goals were to exchange knowledge between Chinese and Norwegian scientists, and to visit research sites in highly polluted areas in China and evaluate their need of support in a future collaborative monitoring and research programme. Samples have been collected from over 20 sites in three areas. Negative effects of air pollution are found on all ecosystem levels investigated. The concentration of sulfur in the air in urban and near-urban areas is very high. The concentration of volatile organic compounds is generally high, which means that increased NOx emissions in coming years may increase the ozone problems. Reduced photosynthesis activities were found in some plants and acidification observed in soil and surface water. Aquatic biota also reflect the acidification status of the surface waters investigated. However, it is difficult to assess the degree of damage in these regions because the survey includes too few sites. Surface water acidification is currently not a major environmental problem in China and is unlikely to be one during the next decades. The report includes a status report on acidification in China and a proposed framework for a monitoring programme based on Norwegian experiences. 139 refs., 16 figs., 45 tabs.

  5. Ecological Risk Assessment of Acid Rain%酸雨的生态风险评价

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    袁传政; 方萍

    2013-01-01

    随着我国的经济发展,酸雨的生态风险评价技术也随之发展,包括酸雨对地表水水生生物、对陆生生物以及地下水的风险评价。综述了我国水生生态风险评价及陆生生态风险评价技术,旨在为我国酸雨的生态风险评价技术的完善和风险管理提供借鉴。%With the development of the economy, the ecological risk assessment technology of acid rain is also developing, including the risk assessment for the aquatic organism and terrestrial organism. To improve ecological risk assessment technology and provide reference for risk management, this paper reviewed technology of aquatic ecological risk assessment and terrestrial ecological risk assessment in China.

  6. Photosynthesis and oxidative stress in the restinga plant species Eugenia uniflora L. exposed to simulated acid rain and iron ore dust deposition: potential use in environmental risk assessment.

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    Neves, Natália Rust; Oliva, Marco Antonio; da Cruz Centeno, Danilo; Costa, Alan Carlos; Ribas, Rogério Ferreira; Pereira, Eduardo Gusmão

    2009-06-01

    The Brazilian sandy coastal plain named restinga is frequently subjected to particulate and gaseous emissions from iron ore factories. These gases may come into contact with atmospheric moisture and produce acid rain. The effects of the acid rain on vegetation, combined with iron excess in the soil, can lead to the disappearance of sensitive species and decrease restinga biodiversity. The effects of iron ore dust deposition and simulated acid rain on photosynthesis and on antioxidant enzymes were investigated in Eugenia uniflora, a representative shrub species of the restinga. This study aimed to determine the possible utility of this species in environmental risk assessment. After the application of iron ore dust as iron solid particulate matter (SPM(Fe)) and simulated acid rain (pH 3.1), the 18-month old plants displayed brown spots and necrosis, typical symptoms of iron toxicity and injuries caused by acid rain, respectively. The acidity of the rain intensified leaf iron accumulation, which reached phytotoxic levels, mainly in plants exposed to iron ore dust. These plants showed the lowest values for net photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, transpiration, chlorophyll a content and electron transport rate through photosystem II (PSII). Catalase and superoxide dismutase activities were decreased by simulated acid rain. Peroxidase activity and membrane injury increased following exposure to acid rain and simultaneous SPM(Fe) application. Eugenia uniflora exhibited impaired photosynthetic and antioxidative metabolism in response to combined iron and acid rain stresses. This species could become a valuable tool in environmental risk assessment in restinga areas near iron ore pelletizing factories. Non-invasive evaluations of visual injuries, photosynthesis and chlorophyll a fluorescence, as well as invasive biochemical analysis could be used as markers.

  7. [Complex effects of simulated acid rain and Cu on the physiological characteristics of Paulownia fortunei and its detoxification mechanism].

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    Wang, Jiang; Zhang, Chong-Bang; Ke, Shi-Sheng; Qian, Bao-Ying

    2010-03-01

    A pot experiment was conducted to study the effects of simulated acid rain (pH 4.0, 5.0) and Cu (0-200 mg x kg(-1)) on the physiological characteristics of Paulownia fortunei and its detoxification mechanism. With no Cu addition, the leaf chlorophyll, carotenoid, O2 division by, H2O2, and MDA contents of P. fortunei had no significant differences between the two acid rain treatments. However, with the addition of 100 and 200 mg Cu x kg(-1), the chlorophyll and carotenoid contents of treatment pH 4.0 were lower, while the O2 divided by, H2O2 and MDA contents were higher thanthose of treatment pH 5.0. The chlorophyll a/b ratio of treatments Cu was higher than that of the control. The leaf Cu content decreased obviously with the increasing acidity of stimulated acid rain, but the root Cu content was in reverse. With increasing Cu addition, both the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD), catalase (CAT), and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) and the total contents of phytochelatins (PCs) and glutathione (GSH) in treatment pH 5.0 increased, while the activities of SOD, POD, CAT and APX in treatment pH 4.0 decreased after an initial increase, and the total contents of glutathione (GSH) decreased greatly in treatment 200 mg Cu x kg(-1). All of these demonstrated that the oxidative stress of high Cu concentration to P. fortunei was aggravated by stimulated acid rain. PMID:20560310

  8. Accumulation of Rare Earth Elements in Spinach and Soil under Condition of Using REE and Acid Rain Stress

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    严重玲; 洪业汤; 林鹏; 王世杰; 李心清; 梁洁

    2002-01-01

    The content and distribution characteristics of REE in spinach and soil under using REE and acid rain stress were studied by pot experiments. The results show that the content of REE is 0.527~0.696 (μgg-1) in the above-ground portion of spinach, 2.668~3.003 (μg*g-1) in the under-ground portion of spinach and 229.09~250.30 (μg*g-1) in the soil. With the acidity of acid rain increasing, the leaching of REE in plants and soil is strengthened and the amount of REE reduces with decreasing of pH value. After REE are used, though plants show the selective absorption to Ce group elements (especially spraying on leaves), regardless under acid rain stress or using REE or not, the distribution model of REE in the above-ground and under-ground portion of plants is basically the same with the control. Plants also follow the Oddo-Harkins rule of the REE of distribution abundance, light rare earth elements is enriched, the minus of Eu is abnormal and admeasure of Ce is a rich model. The results show that REE in plants mainly come from soil and are affected by it.

  9. Emission control for precursors causing acid rain(V):Improvement of acid soil with the bio-briquette combustion ash

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    DONG Xu-hui; SAKAMOTO Kazuhiko; WANG Wei; GAO Shi-dong; ISOBE Yugo

    2004-01-01

    The bio-briquette technique which mixes coal, biomass and sulfur fixation agent and bio-briquettes under 3-5 t/cm2 line pressure has aroused people's attention in view of controlling the air pollution and the acid rain. In this paper, the physicochemical properties of bio-briquette and its ash were investigated. And the acid soil was improved by the bio-briquette combustion ash, which contained nutritive substances such as P, N, K and had the acid-neutralizing capacity(ANC). The pH, EC, effective nutrient elements(Ca, Mg, K, P and N), heavy metal elements(Al, Cu, Cd, Cr, Zn and Mn) and acid-neutralizing capacity change of ash-added soils within the range of 0%-10%, were also studied. Specially, when 5% bio-briquette combustion ash was added to the tested soil, the content of the effective elements such as Ca, Mg and K rose by 100 times, 7 times and twice, respectively. The total nitrogen also increased by about twice. The results showed the oxyanions such as that of Al, Cu, Cd, Cr, Zn and Mn were not potentially dangerous, because they were about the same as the averages of them in Chinese soil. It is shown that the ANC became stronger, though the ANC hardly increases in the ash-added soil. On the basis of the evaluation indices, it is concluded that the best mixture ratio is to add 2.5%-8% of the bio-briquette combustion ash to the tested soil.

  10. Corrosion and Runoff Behavior of Carbon Steel in Simulated Acid Rain

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    Baigang AN; Xueyuan ZHANG; Enhou HAN; Honxi LI

    2004-01-01

    Under the condition of simulated rain precipitation in the laboratory, with ElS and SEM observation, the effects of pH value of simulated rain on corrosion and runoff behavior of carbon steel A3 were studied. The corrosion rate of A3 steel increased and runoff action of rain precipitation on A3 steel surface was intensified with decreasing pH value, of simulated rainwater.The runoff and corrosion traces were formed along the flowing direction of rainwater, which appeared more apparently with decreasing pH value.

  11. Leaching behavior of heavy metals and transformation of their speciation in polluted soil receiving simulated acid rain.

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    Full Text Available Heavy metals that leach from contaminated soils under acid rain are of increasing concern. In this study, simulated acid rain (SAR was pumped through columns of artificially contaminated purple soil. Column leaching tests and sequential extraction were conducted for the heavy metals Cu, Pb, Cd, and Zn to determine the extent of their leaching as well as to examine the transformation of their speciation in the artificially contaminated soil columns. Results showed that the maximum leachate concentrations of Cu, Pb, Cd, and Zn were less than those specified in the Chinese Quality Standards for Groundwater (Grade IV, thereby suggesting that the heavy metals that leached from the polluted purple soil receiving acid rain may not pose as risks to water quality. Most of the Pb and Cd leachate concentrations were below their detection limits. By contrast, higher Cu and Zn leachate concentrations were found because they were released by the soil in larger amounts as compared with those of Pb and Cd. The differences in the Cu and Zn leachate concentrations between the controls (SAR at pH 5.6 and the treatments (SAR at pH 3.0 and 4.5 were significant. Similar trends were observed in the total leached amounts of Cu and Zn. The proportions of Cu, Pb, Cd, and Zn in the EXC and OX fractions were generally increased after the leaching experiment at three pH levels, whereas those of the RES, OM, and CAR fractions were slightly decreased. Acid rain favors the leaching of heavy metals from the contaminated purple soil and makes the heavy metal fractions become more labile. Moreover, a pH decrease from 5.6 to 3.0 significantly enhanced such effects.

  12. Leaching behavior of heavy metals and transformation of their speciation in polluted soil receiving simulated acid rain.

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    Zheng, Shun-an; Zheng, Xiangqun; Chen, Chun

    2012-01-01

    Heavy metals that leach from contaminated soils under acid rain are of increasing concern. In this study, simulated acid rain (SAR) was pumped through columns of artificially contaminated purple soil. Column leaching tests and sequential extraction were conducted for the heavy metals Cu, Pb, Cd, and Zn to determine the extent of their leaching as well as to examine the transformation of their speciation in the artificially contaminated soil columns. Results showed that the maximum leachate concentrations of Cu, Pb, Cd, and Zn were less than those specified in the Chinese Quality Standards for Groundwater (Grade IV), thereby suggesting that the heavy metals that leached from the polluted purple soil receiving acid rain may not pose as risks to water quality. Most of the Pb and Cd leachate concentrations were below their detection limits. By contrast, higher Cu and Zn leachate concentrations were found because they were released by the soil in larger amounts as compared with those of Pb and Cd. The differences in the Cu and Zn leachate concentrations between the controls (SAR at pH 5.6) and the treatments (SAR at pH 3.0 and 4.5) were significant. Similar trends were observed in the total leached amounts of Cu and Zn. The proportions of Cu, Pb, Cd, and Zn in the EXC and OX fractions were generally increased after the leaching experiment at three pH levels, whereas those of the RES, OM, and CAR fractions were slightly decreased. Acid rain favors the leaching of heavy metals from the contaminated purple soil and makes the heavy metal fractions become more labile. Moreover, a pH decrease from 5.6 to 3.0 significantly enhanced such effects. PMID:23185399

  13. THE INFLUENCE OF ACID RAINS ON THE LITHOTHAMNIAN LIMESTONE ON THE GALLERY OF THE MARY'S ASCENSION CATHEDRAL, ZAGREB, CROATIA

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    Full Text Available Urban, environmental pollution, caused by acid rains and damages of stone elements on Cathedral of Zagreb are described. On the surfaces of limestone elements that are in the »shade«, the black scabs have developed. The outher crusts, and inner powdery matter of the black scabs have been investigated by microscopy, and analyzed by means of x-ray. thermal and chemical analyses. They contain gypsum, calcite, soot, and sporadic fly ash.

  14. Controls on suppression of methane flux from a peat bog subjected to simulated acid rain sulfate deposition

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    Gauci, Vincent; Dise, Nancy; Fowler, David

    2002-01-01

    The effect of acid rain SO42- deposition on peatland CH4 emissions was examined by manipulating SO42- inputs to a pristine raised peat bog in northern Scotland. Weekly pulses of dissolved Na2SO4 were applied to the bog over two years in doses of 25, 50, and 100 kg S ha-1 yr-1, reflecting the range of pollutant S deposition loads experienced in acid rain-impacted regions of the world. CH4 fluxes were measured at regular intervals using a static chamber/gas chromatographic flame ionization detector method. Total emissions of CH4 were reduced by between 21 and 42% relative to controls, although no significant differences were observed between treatments. Estimated total annual fluxes during the second year of the experiment were 16.6 g m-2 from the controls and (in order of increasing SO42- dose size) 10.7, 13.2, and 9.8 g m-2 from the three SO42- treatments, respectively. The relative extent of CH4 flux suppression varied with changes in both peat temperature and peat water table with the largest suppression during cool periods and episodes of falling water table. Our findings suggest that low doses of SO42- at deposition rates commonly experienced in areas impacted by acid rain, may significantly affect CH4 emissions from wetlands in affected areas. We propose that SO42- from acid rain can stimulate sulfate-reducing bacteria into a population capable of outcompeting methanogens for substrates. We further propose that this microbially mediated interaction may have a significant current and future effect on the contribution of northern peatlands to the global methane budget.

  15. Multitracer studies on the effects of model acid rain on the adsorption of trace elements on soils

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    Using a multitracer technique, the effects of acid rain pH on the adsorption of 15 trace elements on soil were studied. Kaolin, forest soil (original and with partially removed oxides), black soil (original and without organic matter) and Kureha soil (original, with partially removed oxides, and without organic matter) were employed as the adsorbents. Instead of H2SO4 solution, HCl solution was selected as the model acid rain based on the results of adsorption experiments on kaolin. In general, the percentage adsorption of cationic elements on three original soils and kaolin increased with increasing pH. The adsorption of oxyanionic elements, As and Se, on three soils was high over the entire pH range studied, while that on kaolin was low and decreased with an increase in pH. The differences in the physical and chemical properties of soils were reflected on the adsorption. The organic matter in soil had positive effects on the extent of adsorption of most elements studied, while the oxides apparently showed positive effects only for Fe and Se adsorption. The results indicate that acid rain decreases the retention of cations in soil and that it increases or does not change the adsorption of anions. (orig.)

  16. Effects of La3+ on ATPase Activities of Plasma Membrane Vesicles Isolated from Casuarina Equisetifolia Seedlings under Acid Rain Stress

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    李裕红; 严重玲; 刘景春; 陈英华; 胡俊; 薛博

    2003-01-01

    The effects of La3+ on the growth and the ATPases activities of plasma membrane(PM) vesicles isolated from Casuarina equisetifolia seedlings under artificial acid rain(pH 4.5) stress were studied. The results show that the height, length of roots, fresh weight and PM H+-ATPase activites of Casuarina equisetifolia seedlings increase by the treatments of soaking seeds in LaCl3 solutions with lower concentrations, and those can reach their peak values by treating with 200 mg·L-1 La3+. However, in comparison with the CK, those are inhibited by the higher La3+ concentrations; PM Ca2+-ATPase activity is inhibited with the treatments of La3+. The results also reveal that the H+-ATPase activity and the growth of cell enlarge have a remarkable positive correlation, and La3+ activating H+-ATPase can facilitate plant growth. La3+ also can alleviate cytosolic acidification of plant under acid rain stress and indirectly maintain the stability of intracellular environment. In order to resistant to acid rain and accelerate the growth of Casuarina equisetifolia, the suitable range of La3+ concentrations to soak seeds for 8 h is 50~200 mg*L-1.

  17. [Relationships between soil moisture and needle-fall in Masson pine forests in acid rain region of Chongqing, Southwest China].

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    Wang, Yi-Hao; Wang, Yan-Hui; Li, Zhen-Hua; Yu, Peng-Tao; Xiong, Wei; Hao, Jia; Duan, Jian

    2012-10-01

    From March 2009 to November 2011, an investigation was conducted on the spatiotemporal variation of soil moisture and its effects on the needle-fall in Masson pine (Pinus massoniana) forests in acid rain region of Chongqing, Southeast China, with the corresponding soil moisture thresholds determined. No matter the annual precipitation was abundant, normal or less than average, the seasonal variation of soil moisture in the forests could be obviously divided into four periods, i.e., sufficient (before May), descending (from June to July), drought (from August to September), and recovering (from October to November). With increasing soil depth, the soil moisture content increased after an initial decrease, but the difference of the soil moisture content among different soil layers decreased with decreasing annual precipitation. The amount of monthly needle-fall in the forests in growth season was significantly correlated with the water storage in root zone (0-60 cm soil layer), especially in the main root zone (20-50 cm soil layer). Soil field capacity (or capillary porosity) and 82% of field capacity (or 80% of capillary porosity) were the main soil moisture thresholds affecting the litter-fall. It was suggested that in acid rain region, Masson pine forest was easily to suffer from water deficit stress, especially in dry-summer period. The water deficit stress, together with already existed acid rain stress, would further threaten the health of the Masson forest. PMID:23359920

  18. Analysis of utility acid rain compliance plans: A discussion of issues and methods

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    Brick, S. [MSB Energy Associates, Inc., Middleton, WI (United States)

    1993-07-01

    Utility acid rain compliance plans have begun to roll into public utility commissions around the eastern half of the country. These plans typically represent the combined effort of utility staff and consultants, and have evolved since early drafts of Title IV of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) began to circulate, several years back. The filings themselves often consist of many volumes of technical analysis, supporting documentation, and accompanying testimony. Hundreds of computer simulations are often presented and these, in turn, are underlain by hundreds of assumptions covering a staggering range of variables. Commissions usually have little time and few external resources with which to review and in some cases, preapprove proposed utility actions. There may be a tendency among commissions to forego a comprehensive review, approve utility plans as filed, and hope for the best. There are at least three important reasons, however, why this should not occur: (1) The magnitude of planned CAAA expenditures is large. (2) Preapproval, either formal or de facto, is becoming increasingly common. Although the approval of specific actions is certainly one outcome of the preapproval process, it should not be the sole or even principal outcome. The main focus of preapproval should involve defining an economic and institutional framework for how utilities, with input from regulators and the public, can best meet future customer needs. Done correctly, the preapproval process provides a meaningful, preexisting context which can be used to analyze outcomes. (3) Without adequate review market opportunities may be ignored and compliance costs increased unnecessarily. This article discusses the following topics in detail: CAAA Compliance Plan Review framework; Emission Reduction Alternatives: How Much is Enough?; Assumptions, Analytical Methods, and Evaluation Criteria of compliance plans; CAAA compliance costs and IRP. 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  19. Desorption of metals from Cetraria islandica (L. Ach. Lichen using solutions simulating acid rain

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Desorption of metals K, Al, Ca, Mg, Fe, Ba, Zn, Mn, Cu and Sr from Cetraria islandica (L. with solutions whose composition was similar to that of acid rain, was investigated. Desorption of metals from the lichen was performed by five successive desorption processes. Solution mixtures containing H2SO4, HNO3 and H2SO4-HNO3 were used for desorption. Each solution had three different pH values: 4.61, 5.15 and 5.75, so that the desorptions were performed with nine different solutions successively five times, always using the same solution volume. The investigated metals can be divided into two groups. One group was comprised of K, Ca and Mg, which were desorbed in each of the five desorption processes at all pH values used. The second group included Al, Fe, Zn, Ba, Mn and Sr; these were not desorbed in each individual desorption and not at all pH values, whereas Cu was not desorbed at all under any circumstances. Using the logarithmic dependence of the metal content as a function of the desorption number, it was found that potassium builds two types of links and is connected with weaker links in lichen. Potassium is completely desorbed, 80% in the first desorption, and then gradually in the following desorptions. Other metals are linked with one weaker link (desorption 1-38% and with one very strong link (desorption below the metal detection limit. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III43009 i br. ON 172019

  20. Acid rain research program. Annual progress report, July 1976--September 1977. [Effects on plants and soil microbiological processes

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    Evans, L.S.; Francis, A.J.; Raynor, G.S.

    1977-12-01

    Experiments were carried out and chemical aspects of ambient precipitation were determined using a sequential precipitation collector for the period July 1976 through September 1977. A related report provides experimental details. In experiments with plants, experiments were aimed to document: the foliar response of six clones of hybrid poplar to simulated acid rain; effects of buffered solutions and various anions on vegetative and sexual development of gametophytes of the fern (Pteridium aquilinum) and the acid-sensitive steps of symbiotic nitrogen fixation of the garden pea (Pisum sativum). After five 6 min daily exposures to simulated rain of pH 2.7, up to 10 percent of the leaf area of some poplar clones was injured. Lesions developed mostly near stomata and vascular tissue as shown with other plant species. Acidic solutions have a marked effect on sperm motility and fertilization (sexual reproduction) of bracken fern. Since sexual reproduction of ferns is very sensitive to mildly acidic conditions under laboratory conditions, experiments are planned to view the response of sexual stages of other plant species. Nodulation and symbiotic nitrogen fixation in Pisum is very sensitive to nutrient solution acidity. Specific isolates of Rhizobium bacteria are used and the medium pH can be maintained rigidly. In experiments to determine the effects of excess acidity on soil microbiological processes, the rate of denitrification may be slowed so drastically that increases of N/sub 2/O in the atmosphere may result with a subsequent reduction in soil nitrogen levels.

  1. Causes and Countermeasures of Acid Rain in Taiyuan%太原市酸雨成因及防治对策

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    时红; 张永波

    2001-01-01

    The author analyses the conditions of acid rain pollution in Taiyuan and the causes of acid rain.Results show that the acid rain pollution of Dongru area in Taiyuan is serious, and the intensity of acid rain pollution is rising gradually. Finally,some comprehensive countermeasures are presented.%通过对太原市酸雨污染状况及成因进行分析,表明太原市酸雨的污染以董茹地区为严重污染区,且污染强度逐渐加大,并提出酸雨的综合防治措施。

  2. Calcium affecting protein expression in longan under simulated acid rain stress.

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    Pan, Tengfei; Li, Yongyu; Ma, Cuilan; Qiu, Dongliang

    2015-08-01

    Longan (Dimocarpus longana Lour. cv. Wulongling) of uniform one-aged seedlings grown in pots were selected to study specific proteins expressed in leaves under simulated acid rain (SiAR) stress and exogenous Ca(2+) regulation. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) results showed that there was a protein band specifically expressed under SiAR of pH 2.5 stress for 15 days with its molecular weight of about 23 kD. A 17 kD protein band specifically expressed after SiAR stress 5 days. Compared with pH 2.5, the pH 3.5 of SiAR made a less influence to protein expression. Two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) results showed that six new specific proteins including C4 (20.2 kD pI 6.0), F (24 kD pI 6.35), B3 (22.3 kD pI 6.35), B4 (23.5 kD pI 6.5), C5 (21.8 kD pI 5.6), and C6 (20.2 kD pI 5.6) specifically expressed. C4 always expressed during SiAR stress. F expressed under the stress of pH 2.5 for 15 days and expressed in all pH SiAR stress for 20 days. The expression of proteins including B3, C5, and C6 was related to pH value and stress intensity of SiAR. The expression of B4 resulted from synergistic effects of SiAR and Ca. The expression of G1 (Mr 19.3 kD, pI 4.5), G2 (Mr 17.8 kD, pI 4.65), G3 (Mr 16.6 kD, pI 4.6), and G4 (Mr 14.7 kD, pI 4.4) enhanced under the treatment of 5 mM ethylene glycol tetraacetic acid (EGTA) and 2 mM chlorpromazine (CPZ). These proteins showed antagonistic effects and might be relative to the Ca-calmodulin (Ca-CaM) system of longan in response to SiAR stress. PMID:25893616

  3. Histological characterization of gell formation and lesion development on leaves of Phaseolus vulgaris and clones of hybrid poplar after exposure to simulated sulfate acid rain

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    Dacosta, F.

    1978-01-01

    Histological investigations with leaves of several hybrid poplar clones illustrate gall formations in response to simulated acid rain that result from hyperplasia and hypertrophy of mesophyll cells. Similar experiments with phaseolus vulgaris and clones of hybrid poplar show a sequence of events that follow a general pattern of adaxial epidermis destruction, injury to palisade parenchyma and eventual destruction of more interior tissues after continued exposure to one, six-minute, rain event daily. Results show that most (95%) lesions on Phaseolus vulgaris developed near trichomes and stomata after exposure to the simulated acid rain.

  4. Characteristics and analysis of acid rain in valley and basin%山谷、盆地酸雨形成的特点及分析

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    洪正昉

    2001-01-01

    通过多年来对酸雨监测资料的研究,根据酸雨的发展情况,分析了山谷、盆地的酸雨形成特点,提出了山谷和盆地酸雨形成的新观点,认为其酸雨的形成主要是来自当地自身环境所产生的大气污染,其次才是外界的污染因素,中和离子也是酸雨污染加重的原因之一。%This paper analyzed the formation characteristics of acid rain in valley and basin based on the research on the acid rain mate-rials in the past years and the developed circumstances of acid rain.The new viewpoint of the acid rain formation in valley and basin was presented.It is considered that the formation of acid rain is mainly resulted from the atmospheric pollution of the local environment,and secondly,the outside pullulate factors,and then neutralizing ions are also one of the factors of making the pollution of acid rain.

  5. Kaifeng Acid Rain Appears Circumstance Analysis%近年来开封市酸雨出现情况分析

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    王二虎; 仝文伟; 郭艳玲; 李树新

    2011-01-01

    Making use of weather bureau acid rain observation post in Kaifeng prognosticates data, the folio seals city acid rain the phenomenon appears of frequency and pH strength variety carried on analysis. Express as a result: Acid rain in Kaifeng appears the month, quarter of frequency to change a little bit obviously. Acid rain's appearing the month of most frequency is a September, appearing the month of minimal frequency is a February. The autumn appears the frequency of acid rain biggest, secondly is a summer, spring but appear the frequency of acid rain in winter minimal. The month, quarter variety of acid rain pH strength in Kaifeng all presents more obvious "Mountain peak-valley" motion to change,the spring is as biggest as the acid rain strength of the autumn,in summer time, winter minimum. Kaifeng city appears the number of times of one less than 5.6 following acid rains most,pH less than 4.5 stronger acid rain number of timeses are slightly a little bit little, pH the number of times of less than 4.0 following common acid rains is the minimal. But allow of no what to neglect BE,although strong acid rain in Kaifeng appears number of times less, present to obviously and year by year increase of trend. This elucidation acid rain in Kaifeng endangers of the situation is gradually rigorous. The acid rain is the main reason that makes farmland soil sour to turn, so the prevention and cure acid rain harm should strengthen the management of pollutant emissions in the city and raise energy utilization. Moreover still need to strengthen the protection to the farmland environment.%利用开封市气象局酸雨观测站2008-2010年的酸雨观测资料,对开封市酸雨出现的频率及其pH值变化进行了分析.结果表明开封市出现酸雨的月、季变化比较明显:酸雨出现频率最多的是9月份,出现最少的是2月份;秋季出现酸雨的频率最大,其次是夏季、春季、而冬季的频率最少.开封市酸雨pH值强度的月、季变

  6. Detection of Acid Rain Stress Effect on Plant Using Hyperspectral Data in Three Gorges Region,China

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    SONG Xiaodong; JIANG Hong; YU Shuquan; ZHOU Guomo

    2008-01-01

    This paper aims to use hyperspectral data to detect the spectral change caused by acid stress to a native forest type in the Three Gorges region of China.For this purpose,a ground-based hyperspectral experiment was conducted at the Three Gorges region to detect acid deposition that caused Masson pine (Pinus massoniana) forest degradation.Continuum removal method was used to isolate wavebands more responsive to stress in wavelengths 450-750nm.The differences in chlorophyll concentrations and needle thickness caused by acidic stress are found to be explicable to the different spectral reflectance patterns in the visible and near-infrared wavelengths.Two new chlorotic indices were utilized to explain the stress-caused leaf chiorosis.The comparison of simulated vegetation indices and principal component analysis (PCA) results suggests that it would be possible to monitor acid rain stress effect on forest ecosystem from some wider spectral regions.

  7. Characterization and Evaluation of Acid Rain in East Central Florida from 1978 to 1995 and Evaluation of Some Chromatographic/Spectroscopic Results from Leachate Samples from CELSS

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    Madsen, Brooks C.

    1996-01-01

    The results of monitoring the chemical composition of rain in east-central Florida have shown that the rain is moderately acid. The measured acidity of rain is less than that observed in other regions of the U. S., however, it does suggest that the level of acidity is substantial. The annual chemical composition of rain at UCF and at KSC has shown moderate variability. Extreme daily and monthly variations are observed, however these variations are not addressed here. The total ionic composition of rain collected at FL99 is greater than that for rain collected at UCF, however this can be accounted for by site proximity to the ocean with the accompanying marine influence. Difference in acidity data collected from the UCF and FL99 sites which are separated by 50 km may be due in part to the differences that have been observed between laboratory and field pH measurements. Trend assessment for precipitation composition requires evaluation of data that covers some minimum time period. In fact, the subdivision of the multi-year UCF record into individual 10 year records as described above can lead to the conclusion that a significant increase, a significant decrease or no trend exists for acidity depending upon the time period chosen for evaluation. Trend evaluation has also been accomplished by linear and nonlinear regression analysis using monthly volume weighted average concentrations and deposition using the UCF data set and some of the Florida NADP data set.

  8. Effect of reduction in acid rain on phosphate loss-phosphate leached from agriculture soil and Al leaked from upstream acid forest soil

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    2012-01-01

    This master thesis was an integrated part of EUTROPIA. The specific aim of this present study is to enhance our understanding of the effects of reduction in acid rain on P-loss from agriculture soil due to reduced co-precipitation between P leached from agriculture soil and Al leaked from upstream acid forest soils. The study was carried out at two watersheds: Dalen, which is an aluminium rich, acidic forest stream water catchment upstream, and Støa1, which is a P-loaded agricultural water ca...

  9. Air pollution and acid rains: status, effects, links with other forms of air pollution; Pollution de l`air et ``pluies acide`` etat des lieux, effets, liens avec d`autres formes de pollution de l`air

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    Elichegaray, C. [Agence de l`Environnement et de la Maitrise de l`Energie, 75 - Paris (France)

    1997-12-31

    The evolution of acid rain pollution since 1970 is reviewed; it is shown that, broadly speaking, the acid rain issue is decreasing compared to other forms of long range air pollution, at least in Western Europe. The growing issue is the increasing photochemical pollution and its effects on health, ecosystems and climate. Nevertheless, acid rains are still a major concern in various parts of the world (North America for example) and certain parts of France (Ardennes, Landes, parts of Massif Central) exhibit a very high potential sensitivity to acid falls

  10. Dispelling the North American acid rain clouds: Developing a framework for political consensus through the identification of elite viewpoints

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    Bhatti, N.

    1988-01-01

    Acidic deposition has simultaneously been referred to as an environmental curiosity and as an ecological holocaust. This polarization of opinion on this pollutant has resulted in the policy stalemate in Congress over this issue and is responsible for the major part of the friction which currently besets Canada-United States relations. This study identified the distinctive viewpoints which characterize opposing attitudes. In addition, the specific areas of consensus and disagreement among these elite groups were determined. All of these objectives were carried out using the results of the Q-sort technique and interviews with members of the acid rain elite in both Canada and the United States (i.e. politicians, scientists, regulators, environmental/advocacy groups, and industry/utility personnel). Furthermore, a comprehensive, in-depth review of the scientific, legal, economic, social and political aspects of this tissue was conducted. Results show that implementation of the Acid Rain Experimental Control Program (ARECP) and the Clean Coal Technology project has the potential to break the existing stalemates over this issue and, at the same, could avert damage to many ecosystems, man-made structures and human health.

  11. Effects of acid rain on competitive releases of Cd, Cu, and Zn from two natural soils and two contaminated soils in hunan, China

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    Liao, Bo-han; Guo, Zhao-hui; Zeng, Qingru; Probst, Anne; Probst, Jean-Luc

    2007-01-01

    Leaching experiments of rebuilt soil columns with two simulated acid rain solutions (pH 4.6– 3.8) were conducted for two natural soils and two artificial contaminated soils from Hunan, southcentralChina, to study effects of acid rain on competitive releases of soil Cd, Cu, and Zn. Distilled water was used in comparison. The results showed that the total releases were Zn>Cu>Cd for the natural soils and Cd>Zn≫Cu for the contaminated soils, which reflected sensitivity of these metals to acid rai...

  12. 酸雨对林木伤害研究综述%Research Review of the Harm of Acid Rain on Forest Woods

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    代永刚; 宋鹏; 冯毅; 鲁洋

    2011-01-01

    Based on the research of acid rain, the formation and distribution of acid rain are elaborated. Acid rain which is a great harm to the ecosystem, human health and materials is a global environmental problem. The study and achievements on the acid rain injury to forest trees were reviewed from three major aspects, such as the injury to metabolism function, growth and development and wood characteristics. Several disruptive problems which should be emphasized in our later acid rain research were proposed.%文章从酸雨的研究历史出发,阐述了酸雨的形成和分布,指出酸雨是一种全球性的环境问题;从酸雨污染对林木代谢功能、生长发育、木材特性这三大方面综述了国内外在酸雨给林木造成伤害方面的研究动态及其成果,并提出了在今后酸雨研究中应该重视的几大突破性问题。

  13. 酸雨观测采集过程中的注意事项%Points for attention in acid rain observation

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    黄美纯; 蔡伟坤; 翁永限

    2012-01-01

    The observation of acid rain provides precious scientific data to study its temporal and spatial distribution and long-term trend, which is significant to control atmosphere pollution and prevent acid rain. Meanwhile, acid rain observation is an important part for meteorological business. Based on instrument faults and artificial operation mistakes during daily acid rain collection, this paper puts forward precautions and quality control methods in the process of acid rain observation and acquisition.%酸雨观测为研究酸雨的时空分布及其长期变化趋势提供了宝贵的科学数据,对治理大气污染和防治酸雨具有重要意义。酸雨观测是气象业务工作的重要组成部分。文章针对汕头酸雨观测站在日常酸雨采测过程中容易出现的仪器故障和人为操作错误进行分析,提出了酸雨观测采集中的注意事项及质量控制方法。

  14. Effects of Lanthanum on Redox Systems in Plasma Membranes of Casuarina equisetifolia Seedlings Under Acid Rain Stress

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    Li Yuhong (李裕红); Yan Chongling (严重玲); Liu Jingchun (刘景春); Mohammed Almasri; Liang Jie (梁洁); Zhang Ruifeng (张瑞锋)

    2003-01-01

    The effects of lanthanum on some redox system(PMRS) properties of the plasma membrane(PM) vesicles from Casuarina equisetifolia seedlings under artificial acid rain(pH 4.5)stress were studied. The results show that there are NADH oxidase and EDTA-Fe3+ reductase, and nitrate reductase in the seedling PM, and they have different responses to soaking seeds for 8 h in a series of LaCl3 solution. The NADH oxidase activities and the Nitrate reductase activities can be stimulated when La3+ concentrations is in the range of 50~200 mg*L-1, but their activities are inhibited or fluctuate by the higher La3+ concentrations. The EDTA-Fe3+ reductase activities can be stimulated by La3+ concentrations in the range of 50~400 mg*L-1. The research also revealed that La3+ reduces the relative permeability of membranes and have the function in protecting membranes under acid rain stress by the way of inhibiting the leakage of electrolyte.

  15. Significance of Ligand Exchange Relating to Sulfate in Retarding Acidification of Variable Charge Soils Caused by Acid Rain

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    WANGJINGHUA; YUTIANREN

    1996-01-01

    For the purpose of evaluating the role of ligand exchange of sulfate ions in retarding the rate of acidification of variable charge soils,the changes in pH after the addition of different amounts of HNO3 or H2SO4 to representative soils of China were measured .A difference between pH changes caused by the two kinds of acids was observed only for variable charge soils and kaolinite,but not for constant charge soils and bentonite,The larger the proportion of H2SO4 in the HNO3-H2SO4 mixture,the lower the calculated H+ ion activities remained in the suspension.The difference in H+ ion activities between H2SO4 systems and HNO3 systems was larger for soils with a low base-saturation(BS) percentage than those with a high BS percentage.The removal of free iron oxides from the soil led to a decrease in the difference,while the coating of Fe2O3 on a bentonite resulted in a remarkable appearance of the difference.The effect of ligand exchange on the acidity status of the soil varied with the soil type.Surface soils with a high organic matter content showed a less pronounced effect of ligand exchange than subsoils did.It was estimated that when acid rain chiefly containing H2SO4 was deposited on variable charge soils the acidification rate might be slower by 20%-40% than that when the acid rain chiefly contained HNO3 for soils with a high organic matter content,and that the rate might be half of that caused by HNO3 for soils with a low organic matter content,especially for latosols.

  16. Characteristics and Effective Factors of Acid Rain in Jinan for Recent Years%济南市近年酸雨特征及其影响因素

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    杨何著

    2015-01-01

    The annual and seasonal characteristics of acid rain in Jinan, and the relationship between acid rain, meteorological factors and pollutant concentrations were analyzed based on the observed acid rain data, the sounding data and atmospheric monitoring data from 2008 to 2012 at Acid Rain Observation Station of Jinan. The statistics showed a decreased tendency for both the frequency and intensity of acid rain in Jinan in recent 5 years. The average pH value of precipitation was lowest in autumn and highest in summer, while the frequency of acid rain was highest in autumn and lowest in winter. It was found that PM10 and SO2 were the main atmospheric pollutants contributing to acid rain in Jinan. The transport of pollutants by easterlies enhanced the acidity of precipitation. The acid rain was also influenced by the temperature inversion. The frequency of acid rain increased when temperature inversion occurred at rainy days and the days before. The pH value decreased with the increase of rainfall in a single event. The acid rain was most likely to form when moderate rain occurs. Additionally, fog (light fog) also favored the formation of acid rain.%根据2008~2012年济南市酸雨观测资料、探空资料和大气监测资料,分析了济南市酸雨的年、季变化特征,同时研究了酸性降水与气象条件和大气污染物的关系。统计资料证明:近5年济南市的酸雨无论从频率还是从强度上都呈现减弱趋势。降水pH值秋季最低,夏季最高;酸雨频率秋季最高,冬季最低。分析得出,影响济南市酸雨的主要大气污染物是PM10和SO2;在偏东风影响下,酸雨污染严重;酸雨的发生也会受逆温影响,降水前1 d及当天均出现逆温时,酸雨出现频率最高;随着降水量的增加,pH值逐渐降低,中雨时酸雨频率最高;另外,雾和轻雾也容易导致酸雨的发生。

  17. 蚌埠市酸雨污染趋势分析及对策%Analysis and Countermeasures of Acid Rain in Bengbu city

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    姚海军; 孟维娜

    2012-01-01

    According to the statistics of precipitation monitoring data during the "Eleventh Five-Year" in Bengbu City,revealing the temporal and spatial distribution of the acid rain pollution in Bengbu City.Bengbu City of acid rain causes acid rain component monitoring results,and put forward some Countermeasures.%根据对蚌埠市"十一五"期间大气降水监测资料的统计,揭示了蚌埠市酸雨污染的时空分布特征。根据酸雨成分监测结果,分析了蚌埠市酸雨的形成原因,并初步提出一些防治对策。

  18. CHARACTERISTICS AND IMPACT FACTORS OF ACID RAIN IN JINING%济宁市酸雨特征及其影响因素

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    王晓默

    2011-01-01

    The property of seasonal variation for acid rain in Jining, also the relationship between acid precipitation and meteorological factor were analyzed according to the observed acid rain data in 2006 till 2010 that from Acid Rain Observation Station of Jining. Through statistics, the tendency for both frequency and intensity of acid rain in Jining was shown to be reduced in those years. Among the 242 precipitation samples, there were 94 of them with pH value below 5.6, accounting for 38. 8% ; the frequency of acid rain in autumn is the highest, while the ones in winter and spring are lower, also the frequency in Winter Half Year was obviously higher than that in Spring Half Year; mostly the acid rain appeared at night, and the non - acid rain appeared in the day, which related to the lower of the mixed layer height. It was analyzed that the formation of acid rain was closely related with SO2, then related with NOX , besides, related with direction and speed of the wind, the amount of precipitation and fog (light fog) , and the geographical position and terrain.%根据济宁市酸雨观测站2006 - 2010年的酸雨观测资料,分析了济宁市酸雨的季节变化特征,同时研究了酸性降水与气象条件的关系.统计得出,济宁市的酸雨无论从频率还是从强度上都呈现减弱趋势.在242个降水样本中,pH值小于5.6的酸性样本94个,占38.8%;酸雨在秋季出现频率最高,冬、夏两季频率较少,且冬半年要明显高于夏半年;济宁市的酸雨多出现在夜间,非酸性降水多出现在白天,这与夜间混合层高度低有关.分析得出,济宁市形成酸雨的主要物质是SO2,其次是NOx,此外还与风向风速、降水量、雾(轻雾)以及地理位置和地形有密切的关系.

  19. 中国酸雨概况及防治对策探讨%Discuss on Present Situation and Countermeasures for Acid Rain Prevention and Control in China

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    刘萍; 夏菲; 潘家永; 陈益平; 彭花明; 陈少华

    2011-01-01

    中国受酸雨影响的地区已占国土面积的30%,已成为继欧州和北美之后世界第三大酸雨区。中国的酸雨为典型的硫酸型,其空间分布主要呈现以南方酸雨比北方严重,城市酸雨比郊区严重的特点。酸雨令中国农林业、畜牧业、水产养殖业、建筑业等都遭受了巨大的损失,如不采取果断有效的控制措施,由此所造成的大气污染及环境酸化将进一步加剧。本文系统阐述了中国酸雨的成因特点、现状及其危害,并根据中国酸雨的实际情况,结合国家制定的控制目标,提出了具体的防治对策。%The problem of acid rain has become an important environmental problem at present. The areas which have been affected by acid rain in our country have reached 30% of the total land area, making China the world's third largest acid rain areas nest to Europe and North America. The acid rain of China has the characteristics, including typical sulfuric acid type, more serious in south than in north in spatial distribution, more serious in cities than in suburban areas. Acid rain has inflicted great losses on agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, aquaculture and construction. Without decisive and effective controlling measures, air pollution and environment acidification which made by acid rain will be further intensified, furthermore, it will bring greater threat to Chinese environment which is already in heavy burden. This paper describes the characteristics, situation and harms of acid rain. According to the actual situation of acid rain in China and combined with the control targets set by government, specific prevention and control countermeasures were proposed.

  20. [Responses of rhizosphere nitrogen and phosphorus transformations to different acid rain intensities in a hilly red soil tea plantation].

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    Chen, Xi; Chen, Fu-sheng; Ye, Su-qiong; Yu, Su-qin; Fang, Xiang-min; Hu, Xiao-fei

    2015-01-01

    Tea (Camellia sinensis) plantation in hilly red soil region has been long impacted by acid deposition, however its effects on nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) transformations in rhizosphere soils remain unclear. A 25-year old tea plantation in a typical hilly red soil region was selected for an in situ simulation experiment treated by pH 4.5, pH 3.5, pH 2.5 and control. Rhizosihere and bulk soils were collected in the third year from the simulated acid deposition experiment. Soil mineral N, available P contents and major enzyme activities were analyzed using the chemical extraction and biochemical methods, and N and P mineralization rates were estimated using the indoor aerobic incubation methods. Our results showed that compared to the control, the treatments of pH 4.5, pH 3.5 and pH 2.5, respectively decreased 7.1%, 42.1% and 49.9% NO3(-)-N, 6.4%, 35.9% and 40.3% mineral N, 10.5%, 41.1% and 46.9% available P, 18.7%, 30.1% and 44.7% ammonification rate, 3.6%, 12.7% and 38.8% net N-mineralization rate, and 31.5%, 41.8% and 63.0% P mineralization rate in rhizosphere soils; however, among the 4 treatments, rhizosphere soil nitrification rate was not significantly different, the rhizosphere soil urease and acid phosphatase activities generally increased with the increasing intensity of acid rain (Psoil, compared with the control, the treatments of pH 4.5, pH 3.5 and pH 2.5 did not cause significant changes in NO3(-)-N, mineral N, available P as well as in the rates of nitrification, ammonification, net N-mineralization and P mineralization. With increasing the acid intensity, the rhizosphere effects of NH4+-N, NO3(-)-N, mineral N, ammonification and net N-mineralization rates were altered from positive to negative effects, those of urease and acid phosphatease showed the opposite trends, those of available P and P mineralization were negative and that of nitrification was positive. In sum, prolonged elevated acid rain could reduce N and P transformation rates, decrease

  1. Influence of long-term exposure to simulated acid rain on development, reproduction and acaricide susceptibility of the carmine spider mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus

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    Wang, Jin-Jun; Zhang, Jian-ping; He, Lin; Zhao, Zhi-Mo

    2006-01-01

    Development, reproduction and acaricide susceptibility of Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Boisduvals) (Acari: Tetranychidae) were investigated after long-term (about 40 generations) exposure to various levels of acid rain; pH 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.6. Deionized water (pH 6.8) served as a control. The mites were reared on eggplant leaves at 28°C, 80%RH and a photoperiod of 14:10 (L:D) in the laboratory. The results showed that the duration of the immature stage was significantly affected by acid rain ...

  2. [Responses of rhizosphere nitrogen and phosphorus transformations to different acid rain intensities in a hilly red soil tea plantation].

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    Chen, Xi; Chen, Fu-sheng; Ye, Su-qiong; Yu, Su-qin; Fang, Xiang-min; Hu, Xiao-fei

    2015-01-01

    Tea (Camellia sinensis) plantation in hilly red soil region has been long impacted by acid deposition, however its effects on nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) transformations in rhizosphere soils remain unclear. A 25-year old tea plantation in a typical hilly red soil region was selected for an in situ simulation experiment treated by pH 4.5, pH 3.5, pH 2.5 and control. Rhizosihere and bulk soils were collected in the third year from the simulated acid deposition experiment. Soil mineral N, available P contents and major enzyme activities were analyzed using the chemical extraction and biochemical methods, and N and P mineralization rates were estimated using the indoor aerobic incubation methods. Our results showed that compared to the control, the treatments of pH 4.5, pH 3.5 and pH 2.5, respectively decreased 7.1%, 42.1% and 49.9% NO3(-)-N, 6.4%, 35.9% and 40.3% mineral N, 10.5%, 41.1% and 46.9% available P, 18.7%, 30.1% and 44.7% ammonification rate, 3.6%, 12.7% and 38.8% net N-mineralization rate, and 31.5%, 41.8% and 63.0% P mineralization rate in rhizosphere soils; however, among the 4 treatments, rhizosphere soil nitrification rate was not significantly different, the rhizosphere soil urease and acid phosphatase activities generally increased with the increasing intensity of acid rain (Pacid intensity, the rhizosphere effects of NH4+-N, NO3(-)-N, mineral N, ammonification and net N-mineralization rates were altered from positive to negative effects, those of urease and acid phosphatease showed the opposite trends, those of available P and P mineralization were negative and that of nitrification was positive. In sum, prolonged elevated acid rain could reduce N and P transformation rates, decrease their availability, alter their rhizosphere effects, and have impact on nutrient cycling in tea plantation. PMID:25985647

  3. Initial corrosion behavior of AZ91 magnesium alloy in simulating acid rain under wet-dry cyclic condition

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    2008-01-01

    Corrosion behavior of AZ91 magnesium alloy in simulating acid rain under wet-dry cyclic condition was investigated.The results show that corrosion potential shifts positively and the corrosion current density decreases at low wet-dry cyclic time.Further increase of the cyclic time results in the negative movement of corrosion potential and the increase of current density.SEM observation indicates that corrosion Occurs only in αphase,βphase is inert in corrosive medium,and the corrosion of AZ91 magnesium appears in uniform characteristic.XPS analysis suggests that the corrosion product is mainly composed of oxide and hydroxide of magnesium and aluminum,and a small amount of sulfate is also contained in the film.

  4. UV-Vis Spectroscopy Study on Interaction between Microperoxidase-11 and Pr Ion Under Acid Rain Stress

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    吉红念; 黄晓华; 周青; 陆天虹

    2002-01-01

    Interaction between rare earth ion praseodymium (Pr(Ⅲ)) and MP11 with/without hydrogen ion (H+) in different media( aqueous, phosphate buffer, physiological condition) were studied by UV-Vis spectroscopy. All the results indicate that Pr(Ⅲ) interacts with MP11, increasing the non-planarity of porphyrin periphery, leading MP11 to form two conformations when titrated by Pr(Ⅲ). Excessive Pr(Ⅲ) acts as a contaminant in living organism. H+ and Pr(Ⅲ) have antagonistic effect on MP11, suggesting that at suitable concentration under physiological conditions, Pr(Ⅲ) can be used as biomodulator in protecting plants from acid rain stress or in rehabilitating the harm.

  5. Mercury cycling in boreal ecosystems: The long-term effect of acid rain constituents on peatland pore water methylmercury concentrations

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    Branfireun, Brian A.; Bishop, Kevin; Roulet, Nigel T.; Granberg, Gunnar; Nilsson, Mats

    Sulphate-reducing bacteria have been identified as primary methylators of mercury (Hg) in the laboratory and in field investigations. However, no studies have investigated the effect of long-term deposition of sulphate on methylmercury (MeHg) dynamics in peatlands, which are known to be significant sources of MeHg to downstream waters in the boreal forest zone. As an ancillary experiment to a larger project investigating the effects of acid rain constituents on peatland carbon dynamics, the influence of experimentally elevated Na2SO4 and/or NH4NO3 deposition on peat pore water MeHg concentrations was determined using a simple mesocosm experimental design. After three years, additions of S in amounts equivalent to the 1980s dry and wet deposition in Southern Sweden resulted in peat pore water MeHg concentrations up to six times above background levels. Elevated N loads had no effect on pore water MeHg concentrations.

  6. Effects of simulated acid rain on the morphology, phenology and dry biomass of a local variety of maize (Suwan-1) in Southwestern Nigeria.

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    Macaulay, Babajide Milton; Enahoro, Gloria Ebarunosen

    2015-10-01

    Effects of acid rain on the morphology, phenology and dry biomass of maize (Suwan-1 variety) were investigated. The maize seedlings were subjected to different pH treatments (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0) of simulated acid rain (SAR) with pH 7.0 as the control for a period of 90 days. The common morphological defects due to SAR application were necrosis and chlorosis. It was observed that necrosis increased in severity as the acidity increased whilst chlorosis was dominant as the acidity decreased. SAR encouraged rapid floral and cob growth but with the consequence of poor floral and cob development in pH 1.0 to 3.0 treatments. The result for the dry biomass indicates that pH treatments 2.0 to 7.0 for total plant biomass were not significantly different (P > 0.05) from one another, but were all significantly higher (P acid rain but with pronounced morphological and phenological defects which, however, have the capacity to reduce drastically the market value of the crop. Therefore, it may be concluded that Suwan-1 tolerated acid rain in terms of the parameters studied at pH 4.0 to 7.0 which makes it a suitable crop in acid rain-stricken climes. This research could also serve as a good reference for further SAR studies on maize or other important cereals. PMID:26362878

  7. Research on the acid rain under the short-term environment control measures of the Youth Olympic Games

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    Li, S.; Qing, W.; Chen, Y.; Peng, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Northern China emits the most part of acid pollution of the whole nation but turns out to be in a light acid precipitation extent. Research shows that it is the carbonate particles from dust that neutralize the acid in the rainfall. Construction in southern China becomes more and more active so that alkaline dusts from construction are receiving an increasing attention. Nanjing hosts the Youth Olympic Games in 2015 and implements a strict plan to control the emission of construction dust. Thus, The Youth Olympic Games provides a good opportunity to analyze the neutralization of alkaline dusts emitted from construction in Nanjing. Experiment is conducted by collecting the total of rainfall events from June to September in 2015, besides, TSP (total suspended particles) before and after each rainfall events is collected due to find the collaboration with rainfall. Ca2+,Mg2+,K+,Na+,Sr2+,F-,Cl-,SO42-,NO3- concentrations in rain water and water soluble fraction of TSP are analyzed using ICP-OES and ICS in Nanjing University. Results showed that Ca2+and SO42- makes the major part of total ions, indicating the fact that Nanjing is suffering from a severe acid rainfall and alkaline dusts which mainly consist of Ca2+ neutralize a large number of acid particles. pH of rainfall has a good correlation with the flux of TSP. pH of rainfall keeps falling as the YOG plan starts and picking up after the YOG, which indicates that the declination of artificial alkaline dust in TSP reduces the neutralization on the acid rainfall.

  8. PERSISTENT EPISODIC ACIDIFICATION OF STREAMS LINKED TO ACID RAIN EFFECTS ON SOIL

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    Episodic acidification of streams, identified in the late 1980s as one of the most significant environmental problems caused by acidic deposition, had not been evaluated since the early 1990s despite decreasing levels of acidic deposition over the past decade. This analysis indic...

  9. A Three-Tier Diagnostic Test to Assess Pre-Service Teachers' Misconceptions about Global Warming, Greenhouse Effect, Ozone Layer Depletion, and Acid Rain

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    Arslan, Harika Ozge; Cigdemoglu, Ceyhan; Moseley, Christine

    2012-01-01

    This study describes the development and validation of a three-tier multiple-choice diagnostic test, the atmosphere-related environmental problems diagnostic test (AREPDiT), to reveal common misconceptions of global warming (GW), greenhouse effect (GE), ozone layer depletion (OLD), and acid rain (AR). The development of a two-tier diagnostic test…

  10. Chronic and episodic acidification of Adirondack streams from acid rain in 2003-2005

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    Lawrence, G.B.; Roy, K.M.; Baldigo, Barry P.; Simonin, H.A.; Capone, S.B.; Sutherland, J.W.; Nierzwicki-Bauer, S. A.; Boylen, C.W.

    2008-01-01

    Limited information is available on streams in the Adirondack region of New York, although streams are more prone to acidification than the more studied Adirondack lakes. A stream assessment was therefore undertaken in the Oswegatchie and Black River drainages; an area of 4585 km2 in the western part of the Adirondack region. Acidification was evaluated with the newly developed base-cation surplus (BCS) and the conventional acid-neutralizing capacity by Gran titration (ANCG). During the survey when stream water was most acidic (March 2004), 105 of 188 streams (56%) were acidified based on the criterion of BCS acidic (August 2003), 15 of 129 streams (12%) were acidified based on the criterion of BCS acidic deposition to stream acidification was greater than that of strongly acidic organic acids in each of the surveys by factors ranging from approximately 2 to 5, but was greatest during spring snowmelt and least during elevated base flow in August. During snowmelt, the percentage attributable to acidic deposition was 81%, whereas during the October 2003 survey, when dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations were highest, this percentage was 66%. The total length of stream reaches estimated to be prone to acidification was 718 km out of a total of 1237 km of stream reaches that were assessed. Copyright ?? 2008 by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. All rights reserved.

  11. Direct damage to vegetation caused by acid rain and polluted cloud: definition of critical levels for forest trees.

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    Cape, J N

    1993-01-01

    The concept of critical levels was developed in order to define short-term and long-term average concentrations of gaseous pollutants above which plants may be damaged. Although the usual way in which pollutants in precipitation (wet deposition) influence vegetation is by affecting soil processes, plant foliage exposed to fog and cloud, which often contain much greater concentrations of pollutant ions than rain, may be damaged directly. The idea of a critical level has been extended to define concentrations of pollutants in wet deposition above which direct damage to plants is likely. Concentrations of acidity and sulphate measured in mountain and coastal cloud are summarised. Vegetation at risk of injury is identified as montane forest growing close to the cloud base, where ion concentrations are highest. The direct effects of acidic precipitation on trees are reviewed, based on experimental exposure of plants to simulated acidic rain, fog or mist. Although most experiments have reported results in terms of pH (H(+) concentration), the accompanying anion is important, with sulphate being more damaging than nitrate. Both conifers and broadleaved tree seedlings showing subtle changes in the structural characteristics of leaf surfaces after exposure to mist or rain at or about pH 3.5, or sulphate concentration of 150 micromol litre(-1). Visible lesions on leaf surfaces occur at around pH 3 (500 micromol litre(-1) sulphate), broadleaved species tending to be more sensitive than conifers. Effects on photosynthesis and water relations, and interactions with other stresses (e.g. frost), have usually been observed only for treatments which have also caused visible injury to the leaf surface. Few experiments on the direct effects of polluted cloud have been conducted under field conditions with mature trees, which unlike seedlings in controlled conditions, may suffer a growth reduction in the absence of visible injury. Although leaching of cations (Ca(2+), Mg(2+), K(+)) is

  12. Direct damage to vegetation caused by acid rain and polluted cloud: definition of critical levels for forest trees.

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    Cape, J N

    1993-01-01

    The concept of critical levels was developed in order to define short-term and long-term average concentrations of gaseous pollutants above which plants may be damaged. Although the usual way in which pollutants in precipitation (wet deposition) influence vegetation is by affecting soil processes, plant foliage exposed to fog and cloud, which often contain much greater concentrations of pollutant ions than rain, may be damaged directly. The idea of a critical level has been extended to define concentrations of pollutants in wet deposition above which direct damage to plants is likely. Concentrations of acidity and sulphate measured in mountain and coastal cloud are summarised. Vegetation at risk of injury is identified as montane forest growing close to the cloud base, where ion concentrations are highest. The direct effects of acidic precipitation on trees are reviewed, based on experimental exposure of plants to simulated acidic rain, fog or mist. Although most experiments have reported results in terms of pH (H(+) concentration), the accompanying anion is important, with sulphate being more damaging than nitrate. Both conifers and broadleaved tree seedlings showing subtle changes in the structural characteristics of leaf surfaces after exposure to mist or rain at or about pH 3.5, or sulphate concentration of 150 micromol litre(-1). Visible lesions on leaf surfaces occur at around pH 3 (500 micromol litre(-1) sulphate), broadleaved species tending to be more sensitive than conifers. Effects on photosynthesis and water relations, and interactions with other stresses (e.g. frost), have usually been observed only for treatments which have also caused visible injury to the leaf surface. Few experiments on the direct effects of polluted cloud have been conducted under field conditions with mature trees, which unlike seedlings in controlled conditions, may suffer a growth reduction in the absence of visible injury. Although leaching of cations (Ca(2+), Mg(2+), K(+)) is

  13. Effects of simulated acid rain on dissolution and transformation of aluminum in acid soils of south China%模拟酸雨对酸性土壤铝溶出及其形态转化的影响

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    俞元春; 丁爱芳

    2001-01-01

    This paper deals with the releasing characteristics and the transformation of aluminum in acid soils of south China with simulated acid rain leaching method. The results revealed that the leaching of acid rain resulted in release of aluminum from the soils. The amount of aluminum released from the soils increased with the decrease of pH value of the acid rain. Leaching of acid rain also cause transformation of aluminum forms in the soils. With the decreasing of pH value of the acid rain, The content of hydroxy aluminum and organic aluminum decreased, whereas exchangeable aluminum in the soils increased%研究了我国南方酸沉降区主要土壤类型在模拟酸雨影响下,土壤中铝离子释放及铝形态转化的特点。结果表明,酸雨淋洗造成土壤中铝离子释放,酸雨pH值越低,铝离子释放量越大;酸雨淋洗还造成土壤中铝形态发生变化,酸雨pH越低,土壤中羟基态铝和腐殖质铝含量愈低,交换态铝含量越高,土壤中铝对植物和生态系统的危害性也越大。

  14. 大连市酸雨的变化趋势及来源简析%Analysis in the Variational Trend and Sources of Acid Rain in Dalian

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    王日东; 苏静

    2011-01-01

    “十一五”期间大连市的酸雨污染呈波动趋势,2009年的酸雨污染最为严重,酸雨频率达到40.3%,pH均值4.84,属于中酸雨污染。大连市酸雨的来源受外来地区输送的影响较大,大连市本地源排放对硫和氮的湿沉降的贡献仅在10—20%之间;外来源中,山东排放的贡献占30~40%,辽宁其他区域的贡献10%左右,同时日本、朝鲜和韩国的贡献也不容忽视。%The acid rain pollution of Dalian presents to fluctuant trend during the eleventh five - year plan. The acid rain pollution Was the most serious in 2009. The frequency of the acid rain achieved 40. 3% and the pH value was 4.84 (medium acid rain pollution) . Acid rain in Dalian was significantly affected by external sources via transportation. The emissions from local sources only contributed to 10 -20% of wet deposition of sulfur and nitrogen. Among all external sources, emissions from Shandong contributed to 30 -40%, other regions in Liaoning only accounted for about 10%, and effect of emission in neighbor countries ( such as Japan,Noah Korea and South Korea) should not be neglected.

  15. Consequences of nitrogen fertilization and soil acidification from acid rain on dissolved carbon and nitrogen stability in the unglaciated Appalachian Mountains

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    Taylor, Philip Graham

    2008-01-01

    The expansion and proliferation of reactive nitrogen (N) sources, predominantly fertilizer application and fossil fuel combustion, has enriched the earth with N and acidified ecosystems. Acid rain is a primary vector of both N fertilization and acidification, initiating a cascade of consequences that alter biogeochemical cycling and global biological structure and function. Studies on N and acid influences are however rarely linked despite their common source. We used a wide, chronic gradient...

  16. Effects of air pollution and simulated acid rain on the ground vegetation of coniferous forests

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    Descriptive and experimental studies on the ground vegetation of coniferous forests in Bavaria indicated the following phenomena: a. In N-limited pine forests recent eutrophication effects occur. b. The structure of the moss layer in coniferous forests sensitively reacts to very acid throughfall water (pH < 3.2). c. Oxalis acetosella is a forest herb with a relatively high Ca-demand for optimum growth and is thusly sensitive to distinct acid-caused Ca-losses in the top soil, or inhibition of Ca-uptake. (orig.)

  17. Air Pollution, Acid Rain, and the Future of Forests. Worldwatch Paper 58.

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    Postel, Sandra

    This book traces centuries of human use and abuse of forest ecosystems by discussing past decades of intense burning, grazing, and timber cutting that added to the natural acidification of the soil. Air pollutants and acids generated by industrial activities worldwide are also considered. Many forests in Europe and North America now receive as…

  18. Acid rain mitigation experiment shifts a forested watershed from a net sink to a net source of nitrogen.

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    Rosi-Marshall, Emma J; Bernhardt, Emily S; Buso, Donald C; Driscoll, Charles T; Likens, Gene E

    2016-07-01

    Decades of acid rain have acidified forest soils and freshwaters throughout montane forests of the northeastern United States; the resulting loss of soil base cations is hypothesized to be responsible for limiting rates of forest growth throughout the region. In 1999, an experiment was conducted that reversed the long-term trend of soil base cation depletion and tested the hypothesis that calcium limits forest growth in acidified soils. Researchers added 1,189 kg Ca(2+) ha(-1) as the pelletized mineral wollastonite (CaSiO3) to a 12-ha forested watershed within the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Significant increases in the pH and acid-neutralizing capacity of soils and streamwater resulted, and the predicted increase in forest growth occurred. An unanticipated consequence of this acidification mitigation experiment began to emerge a decade later, with marked increases in dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) exports in streamwater from the treated watershed. By 2013, 30-times greater DIN was exported from this base-treated watershed than from adjacent reference watersheds, and DIN exports resulting from this experiment match or exceed earlier reports of inorganic N losses after severe ice-storm damage within the study watershed. The discovery that CaSiO3 enrichment can convert a watershed from a sink to a source of N suggests that numerous potential mechanisms drive watershed N dynamics and provides new insights into the influence of acid deposition mitigation strategies for both carbon cycling and watershed N export. PMID:27335456

  19. Acid rain mitigation experiment shifts a forested watershed from a net sink to a net source of nitrogen.

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    Rosi-Marshall, Emma J; Bernhardt, Emily S; Buso, Donald C; Driscoll, Charles T; Likens, Gene E

    2016-07-01

    Decades of acid rain have acidified forest soils and freshwaters throughout montane forests of the northeastern United States; the resulting loss of soil base cations is hypothesized to be responsible for limiting rates of forest growth throughout the region. In 1999, an experiment was conducted that reversed the long-term trend of soil base cation depletion and tested the hypothesis that calcium limits forest growth in acidified soils. Researchers added 1,189 kg Ca(2+) ha(-1) as the pelletized mineral wollastonite (CaSiO3) to a 12-ha forested watershed within the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Significant increases in the pH and acid-neutralizing capacity of soils and streamwater resulted, and the predicted increase in forest growth occurred. An unanticipated consequence of this acidification mitigation experiment began to emerge a decade later, with marked increases in dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) exports in streamwater from the treated watershed. By 2013, 30-times greater DIN was exported from this base-treated watershed than from adjacent reference watersheds, and DIN exports resulting from this experiment match or exceed earlier reports of inorganic N losses after severe ice-storm damage within the study watershed. The discovery that CaSiO3 enrichment can convert a watershed from a sink to a source of N suggests that numerous potential mechanisms drive watershed N dynamics and provides new insights into the influence of acid deposition mitigation strategies for both carbon cycling and watershed N export.

  20. Research Progress on Acid Deposition over China and Effect of Acid Rain on Agricultural Production%中国酸雨及其对农业生产影响的研究进展

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    冯颖竹; 陈惠阳; 余土元; 冯茜丹

    2012-01-01

    In order to study the characteristics of acid rain in China and its effect on agricultural production, an overview of 30 years of acid rain over China and its impact on agricultural production were elaborated in this paper. The outcome of characteristics of acid rain in China mainly included the spatial and temporal distribution (geographical distribution) of acidity, and the ion concentration in precipitation. The outcomes of various aspects in the research about effects of acid rain on agricultural production were introduced, which mainly included the seed germination, the growth, the quality and yield of main crops. The main origins of acid rain formation were discussed, and measures to reduce acid rain damage were investigated. Finally, future research was suggested.%为了研究中国酸雨特征及其对农业生产的影响,综述了30多年来有关中国酸雨及其对农业生产影响的研究成果.对中国酸雨特征的研究主要包括中国大气降水酸度分布和离子浓度特征.酸雨对农 业生产影响方面主要包括酸雨对主要农作物种子萌发、生长发育、品质和产量的影响.同时,分析了中国酸雨的成因,探讨了减少酸雨危害的措施,指出了有待研究的科学问题.

  1. Deterioration of Cement-Concrete Cementitious Materials under Acid Rain Attack and Its Evaluation-Effect of Acid Rain Components%酸雨侵蚀下水泥基材料的腐蚀损伤与评价——酸雨介质成分的影响

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    陈梦成; 王凯; 谢力

    2012-01-01

    通过测试长期浸泡在不同酸雨中的混凝土试件相对弹性模量随侵蚀时间的变化,着重研究了酸雨酸度( pH值)及其SO2-4浓度等酸雨侵蚀介质参数对水泥混凝土抗酸雨侵蚀能力的影响.研究结果表明:在酸雨静态长期浸泡环境下,水泥基材料表面和内部腐蚀损伤程度及速率与酸雨侵蚀介质H+和SO2-4浓度以及产生的腐蚀产物有关;在酸雨介质其它离子成分保持不变的情况下,酸雨pH值和SO2-4对受酸雨腐蚀后的水泥混凝土表面性能及其内部微观结构有着十分明显的影响,并且从酸雨侵蚀破坏过程来看,各水泥混凝土随着酸雨中的H+和SO2-4浓度的增加而腐蚀越来越严重.%Variations of relative elastic modulus with deterioration duration of cement-concrete specimens immersed for long time in different simulated acid rain solutions were measured, and effects of H+ and SO42- concentrations, etc. On corrosion-resistance of cementitious materials under the acid rain attack were investigated particularly. The experiment results show that the deterioration extent and rate of the outer layer and inner layer of cementitious materials are related to H+ and SOO42- concentrations in the acid rain and their corrosion products under conditions of long-term acid rain immersion. If other components of acid rain remain unchanged, H+ and SO42- concentrations in the acid rain have great impacts on inner microstructures and surface properties of cement-concrete cementitious materials under the acid rain attack. The deterioration of cement-concrete cementitious materials becomes more and more serious with increasing H + and SO42- concentrations in the acid rain from the process of deterioration.

  2. Seawater strontium isotopes, acid rain, and the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary

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    Macdougall, J. D.

    1988-01-01

    A large bolide impact at the end of the Cretaceous would have produced significant amounts of nitrogen oxides by shock heating of the atmosphere. The resulting acid precipitation would have increased continental weathering greatly and could be an explanation for the observed high ratio of strontium-87 to strontium-86 in seawater at about this time, due to the dissolution of large amounts of strontium from the continental crust. Spikes to high values in the seawater strontium isotope record at other times may reflect similar episodes.

  3. The erosion of carbonate stone by acid rain: Laboratory and field investigations

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    This paper describes a laboratory experiment on the effects of acidic deposition on carbonate stone erosion. It can serve as the basis for an undergraduate (or pre college) experiment in environmental chemistry. Recent field investigations are described that provide measurements of carbonate stone dissolution and mechanical erosion under weathering conditions that are prevalent in the eastern US. The purpose of the laboratory work is to answer questions concerning the effects of hydrogen ion deposition on stone erosion processes that were difficult to resolve on the basis of field experiments alone

  4. Acid rain monitoring in East-Central Florida from 1977 to present

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    Madsen, B. C.; Kheoh, T.; Hinkle, C. R.; Dreschel, T. W.

    1990-01-01

    Rainfall has been collected on the University of Central Florida campus and at the Kennedy Space Center over a 12 year period. The chemical composition has been determined and summarized by monthly, annual periods, and for the entire 12 year period at both locations. The weighted average pH at each site is 4.58; however, annual weighted average pH has been equal to or above the 12 year average during six of the past eight years. Nitrate concentrations have increased slightly during recent years while excess sulfate concentrations have remained below the 12 year weighted average during six of the past seven years. Stepwise regression suggests that sulfate, nitrate, ammonium ion and calcium play major roles in the description of rainwater acidity. Annual acid deposition and annual rainfall have varied from 20 to 50 meg/(m(exp 2) year) and 100 to 180 cm/year, respectively. Sea salt comprises at least 25 percent of the total ionic composition.

  5. Durability of Concrete Using Rice Husk Ash as Cement Substitution Exposed To Acid Rain

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The acidity of rainfall in major areas of Indonesia is under neutral pH. Average pH of rainfall is between 3 and 5. Free lime within concrete will react with acid and cause a decrease in the strength of concrete. A means to anticipate the damage is to reduce the content of free lime within concrete. Silicon oxide contained in rice husk ash can react with free lime to form a new compound that is harder and denser. It became the basis for the use of rice husk ash in concrete mixtures. The mixtures were prepared by replacing 5% and 10% of cement with rice husk ash and the results were compared with a reference mix with 100% cement. This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation on the mechanical characteristics of concrete specimens as durability parameters. Then to evaluate the mechanical characteristics, microstructure test was conducted. The lower the mechanical properties of the concrete, the higher the level of gypsum contained within concrete. The percentage of 5% rice husk ash of the cement weight has a lower compressive strength decrease than the 10% rice husk ash. In addition, the proposed durability model is a model of polynomial equation with two variables.

  6. Comparative Proteomic Analysis Reveals the Effects of Exogenous Calcium against Acid Rain Stress in Liquidambar formosana Hance Leaves.

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    Hu, Wen-Jun; Wu, Qian; Liu, Xiang; Shen, Zhi-Jun; Chen, Juan; Liu, Ting-Wu; Chen, Juan; Zhu, Chun-Quan; Wu, Fei-Hua; Chen, Lin; Wei, Jia; Qiu, Xiao-Yun; Shen, Guo-Xin; Zheng, Hai-Lei

    2016-01-01

    Acid rain (AR) impacts forest health by leaching calcium (Ca) away from soils and plants. Ca is an essential element and participates in various plant physiological responses. In the present study, the protective role of exogenous Ca in alleviating AR stress in Liquidambar formosana Hance at the physiological and proteomic levels was examined. Our results showed that low Ca condition resulted in the chlorophyll content and photosynthesis decreasing significantly in L. formosana leaves; however, these effects could be reversed by high Ca supplementation. Further proteomic analyses successfully identified 81 differentially expressed proteins in AR-treated L. formosana under different Ca levels. In particular, some of the proteins are involved in primary metabolism, photosynthesis, energy production, antioxidant defense, transcription, and translation. Moreover, quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) results indicated that low Ca significantly increased the expression level of the investigated Ca-related genes, which can be reversed by high Ca supplementation under AR stress. Further, Western blotting analysis revealed that exogenous Ca supply reduced AR damage by elevating the expression of proteins involved in the Calvin cycle, reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging system. These findings allowed us to better understand how woody plants respond to AR stress at various Ca levels and the protective role of exogenous Ca against AR stress in forest tree species. PMID:26616104

  7. Comparative Proteomic Analysis of Differential Responses of Pinus massoniana and Taxus wallichiana var. mairei to Simulated Acid Rain

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Acid rain (AR, a serious environmental issue, severely affects plant growth and development. As the gymnosperms of conifer woody plants, Pinus massoniana (AR-sensitive and Taxus wallichiana var. mairei (AR-resistant are widely distributed in southern China. Under AR stress, significant necrosis and collapsed lesions were found in P. massoniana needles with remarkable yellowing and wilting tips, whereas T. wallichiana var. mairei did not exhibit chlorosis and visible damage. Due to the activation of a large number of stress-related genes and the synthesis of various functional proteins to counteract AR stress, it is important to study the differences in AR-tolerance mechanisms by comparative proteomic analysis of tolerant and sensitive species. This study revealed a total of 65 and 26 differentially expressed proteins that were identified in P. massoniana and T. wallichiana var. mairei, respectively. Among them, proteins involved in metabolism, photosynthesis, signal transduction and transcription were drastically down-regulated in P. massoniana, whereas most of the proteins participating in metabolism, cell structure, photosynthesis and transcription were increased in T. wallichiana var. mairei. These results suggest the distinct patterns of protein expression in the two woody species in response to AR, allowing a deeper understanding of diversity on AR tolerance in forest tree species.

  8. Acid rain: a case study at the Universidade de Sao Paulo campus, Sao Paulo State, Brazil; Chuva acida: estudo de caso no campus USP/SP

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    1996-12-31

    The phenomena called acid rain is considered, by many researchers, one of the most serious environmental problem. This work has the aim of showing, in a theoretical and practical study, the problems caused by the atmospheric-pollutant emission, through natural or anthropogenic sources. In a period of 1 year (nov/94-nov/95), it was realized a practical work on rainwater, which consisted of collecting and, afterwards, analysing some physical and chemical parameters of this water, such as acidity, ionic concentrations, etc, with the purpose of characterizing the rainwater in Cidade Universitaria (SP, Brazil). After ending the practical part, it was possible to observe a 1,236.71 mm/y pluviosity, characterized by rainy summer and dry winter. The chemical-constituent-concentration analysis show us the predominance of SO{sup 2-}{sub 4} and Ca{sup 2+}, and a continental-origin water). The region of sao Paulo (Brazil), site of this study, is one of the largest metropolitan and industrialized areas of the world, which includes 18 million people, beside to an enormous industrial and vehicular complex. The acidity in the rain water is a complex problem and it must be treated by a range of disciplines to have a better comprehension of the cause/effects of the acid rain. (author) 96 refs., 28 figs., 4 tabs.

  9. Characteristcs of Acid Rain in Linyi City and Its Relationship with Meteorological Conditions%临沂市酸雨特征及其与气象条件的关系

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    宋莹华; 庄众; 吴忠振

    2014-01-01

    According to the 617 acid rain observation data of 11 years during 2003 to 2013 of Linyi meteorological observation,the interannual and seasonal variability characteristics of Linyi precipitation pH value,the frequency of acid rain,acid rain and the wind,the wind and other weather conditions were analyzed and calculated. The results showed that,the average acid rain pH value of 11 years in Linyi City was 4.84,acid rain frequency was 47.0%,the frequency of acid rain decreased during 2003 to 2013. Seasonal variation characteristics was the frequency of acid rain in autumn and winter was high,the frequency of acid rain in spring and summer was small,showed that acid rain pollution in autumn and winter was more serious than in spring and summer. When the wind speed was≤3.0 m/s,acid rain frequency was 67.6%,with the increase of wind speed,occurrence frequency of acid rain was more and more small. When the wind direction was northeast wind and partial southeast wind,the chance of acid rain was high.%根据临沂市气象观测站2003-2013年11年间617次酸雨观测资料,计算和分析了临沂降水pH值、酸雨频率的年际和季节变化特征,研究了酸雨与风向、风速等气象条件的关系。结果表明,临沂市11年间酸雨平均pH值为4.84,酸雨频率为47.0豫,2003-2013年间酸雨频率呈下降趋势。季节变化特征为秋季和冬季酸雨频率较大,春季和夏季酸雨频率较小,表明秋、冬季两季的酸雨污染比春、夏两季严重。当风速≤3.0 m/s时,酸雨发生频率达67.6豫,随着风速的增大,酸雨发生频率越来越小。当风向为偏东北风和偏东南风时,酸雨发生的机会偏大。

  10. Acid rain. Problems for water, soil and organisms; Saurer Regen. Probleme fuer Wasser, Boden und Organismen

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    The papers presented in this volume give an overview of geographic-geological and soil-chemical aspects of sites of soil and water acidification. Natural and anthropogenous components of soil acidification and their influence on the water yield situation of forests are discussed. Further subjects are the water chemistry of stagnant and running waters, the impact of water acidification on living organisms as demonstrated by means of selected examples, and possibilities for biological indication of the acidic condition of rivers and lakes. Part of the lectures were presented at the symposium ``Acidification of rivers and lakes in Baden-Wuerttemberg - state of knowledge, causes, effects, counter-measures`` held at Stuttgart from November 27th to 28th, 1989. (vhe) [Deutsch] Die in diesem Band vorgestellten Beitraege geben einen Ueberblick ueber geographisch-geologische und bodenchemische Standortaspekte der Boden- und Gewaesserversauerung. Natuerliche und anthropogene Komponenten der Bodenversauerung und deren Einfluss auf die Abflussbilanz von Waeldern werden besprochen. Weitere Themen sind Wasserchemie stehender und fliessender Gewaesser, die Auswirkungen der Gewaesserversauerung auf lebende Organismen, dargestellt an ausgewaehlten Beispielen, und die Moeglichkeiten der Bioindikation des Saeurezustandes von Gewaessern. Ein Teil der Beitraege wurden auf dem Symposium ``Gewaesserversauerung in Baden-Wuerttemberg - Kenntnisstand, Ursachen, Auswirkungen Massnahmen`` vom 27-28.11.1989 in Stuttgart vorgetragen. (vhe)

  11. Effects of liming on forage availability and nutrient content in a forest impacted by acid rain.

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    Full Text Available Acidic deposition and subsequent forest soil acidification and nutrient depletion can affect negatively the growth, health and nutrient content of vegetation, potentially limiting the availability and nutrient content of forage for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus and other forest herbivores. Liming is a mitigation technique that can be used to restore forest health in acidified areas, but little is known about how it affects the growth or nutrient content of deer forage. We examined the effects of dolomitic limestone application on the growth and chemical composition of understory plants in an acidified forest in central Pennsylvania, with a focus on vegetative groups included as white-tailed deer forage. We used a Before-After-Control-Impact study design with observations 1 year before liming and up to 5 years post-liming on 2 treated and 2 untreated 100-ha sites. Before liming, forage availability and several nutrients were below levels considered optimal for white-tailed deer, and many vegetative characteristics were related to soil chemistry. We observed a positive effect of liming on forb biomass, with a 2.7 fold increase on limed sites, but no biomass response in other vegetation groups. We observed positive effects of liming on calcium and magnesium content and negative effects on aluminum and manganese content of several plant groups. Responses to liming by forbs and plant nutrients show promise for improving vegetation health and forage quality and quantity for deer.

  12. Study on the Impacts of Acid Rain on the Biosphere%酸雨对生物圈的影响研究

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    孙水娟; 文倩; 谢平; 肖吉林

    2012-01-01

    The impacts of acid rain on atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and pedosphere and the damage were analyzed comprehensively, to provide the references for global acid rain control, balanced and stable development of biosphere, virtuous circle of ecological system and conducting related research by other scholars.%综合分析了酸雨对生物圈中的大气圈、水圈、岩石圈、土壤圈的影响以及造成的破坏,以期为全球性的酸雨治理工作、生物圈的平衡稳定发展以及生态系统的良性循环提供参考依据,为其他学者开展相关研究提供参考.

  13. 贵州省酸雨情况及其危害防治的初步分析%The Preliminare Analysis for the condition of acid rain and the prevention measures for it ' s risk in Guizhou Provence

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    费越

    2011-01-01

    在初步分析了我国以及贵州省酸雨的现状后,阐述了酸雨的形成原因、分布及酸雨对生态系统、人类健康、材料等的危害.最后,结合我国尤其以贵州为典型的硫酸型酸雨特征,提出了可行的防治酸雨的具体对策.%After analyzing the situation of acid rain in toth China and Guizhou Province,formation and distribution of acid rain are elaborated. Great harm of acid bain tu the ecosystem, human health and rnaterials is also described. Finally.specific countemeasures against acid rain are proposed, when typical sulfate acid rain is described.

  14. Wet and dry accelerated aging tests in a spray chamber to understand the effects of acid rain frequencies on bronze corrosion

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    Gianni, Liliana; Cavallini, Mauro; Natali, Stefano; Adriaens, Annemie

    2013-01-01

    We have conducted controlled laboratory experiments using a series of bronze alloys exposed to frequent, repeated wet and dry cycles, to simulate frequent acid rain exposure and study the resultant corrosion processes in bronze artifacts exposed to an outdoor urban environment. To simulate rainwater and condensation, a spray chamber for the corrosion tests was assembled, which delivered homogeneous vapor diffusion and drop deposition. Three bi-component bronzes, with 3%, 7% and 20% tin conten...

  15. Effects of simulated acid rain on soil respiration and its components in a subtropical mixed conifer and broadleaf forest in southern China.

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    Liang, Guohua; Hui, Dafeng; Wu, Xiaoying; Wu, Jianping; Liu, Juxiu; Zhou, Guoyi; Zhang, Deqiang

    2016-02-01

    Soil respiration is a major pathway in the global carbon cycle and its response to environmental changes is an increasing concern. Here we explored how total soil respiration (RT) and its components respond to elevated acid rain in a mixed conifer and broadleaf forest, one of the major forest types in southern China. RT was measured twice a month in the first year under four treatment levels of simulated acid rain (SAR: CK, the local lake water, pH 4.7; T1, water pH 4.0; T2, water pH 3.25; and T3, water pH 2.5), and in the second year, RT, litter-free soil respiration (RS), and litter respiration (RL) were measured simultaneously. The results indicated that the mean rate of RT was 2.84 ± 0.20 μmol CO2 m(-2) s(-1) in the CK plots, and RS and RL contributed 60.7% and 39.3% to RT, respectively. SAR marginally reduced (P = 0.08) RT in the first year, but significantly reduced RT and its two components in the second year (P acid rain, the decline trend of RT in the forests in southern China appears to be attributable to the decline of soil respiration in the litter layer. PMID:26755128

  16. Study on Formation,Haz-ards, Prevention and Control of Acid Rain%酸雨的形成、危害和防控研究

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    祝晓红

    2014-01-01

    Acid rain refers to the me-teoric water which the pH value is lower than 5.60, and it’s serious environmental pollution phenomenon, which affects hu-man life and property security, the pro-tection of ecological environment and e-conomic and social development.The harm of acid rain is growing, mainly due to the increase of sulfide , nitrogen ox-ides and other toxic gases of the air. To reduce the hazards of acid rain,there must be take steps to prevent and control of pollution emissions from the source, and strengthen the development and uti-lization of new energy.%酸雨是指pH小于5.60的大气降水,是一种严重的环境污染现象,其直接影响着人类生命财产安全、生态环境保护、经济社会发展等。大气酸雨问题日益严重,造成酸雨的主要原因是大气中二氧化硫、氮氧化物等有毒气体含量的增加。要减少酸雨的危害,必须从污染源的排放进行防控,同时加强对新能源的开发和利用。

  17. 酸雨对小麦影响的研究进展%Research Progress on the Impacts of Acid Rain on Wheat

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    张清华; 肖磊; 苏玉环; 刘保华

    2016-01-01

    阐述了酸雨对小麦种子萌发、麦苗生长、产量、品质及生理特性的影响,以及酸雨与重金属复合作用对小麦的影响;探讨了抵御酸雨逆境胁迫的方式;分析了目前酸雨对小麦影响研究存在的主要问题,并对研究方向进行了展望。%The effect of acid rain on the seed germination,seedling growth,yield,quality and physiolog-ical characteristics of wheat. The effect of the acid rain and heavy metal combination on wheat was de-scribed and the ways to resist acid rain stress was discussed. The problems existing in the current study were analyzed and the prospects were introduced.

  18. 机制砂混凝土的酸雨中性化%Neutralization of artificial sand concrete caused by acid rain

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    2013-01-01

    With the effect of carbonation and combining action of acid rain and carbonation,the carbonation depth of concrete with river sand and artificial sand was studied,respectively.The results show that with the effect of carbonation and combined action of acid rain and carbonation,the carbonation depth of concrete lowered with the increase of strength level,and the carbonation depth of artificial sand concrete is less than that of concrete with fiver sand of the same strength level.Compared with single carbonation,the neutralization of concrete was accelerated under the combined action of H+ and SO42-in acid rain.%对碳化及酸雨与碳化复合作用下,机制砂混凝土、河砂混凝土的碳化深度进行对比.结果表明,碳化或酸雨与碳化复合作用下,混凝土的碳化深度随强度等级提高而降低,且机制砂混凝土的碳化深度均小于同强度等级的河砂混凝土;与单一碳化相比,酸雨与碳化复合作用时,由于酸雨中H·和SO42-的共同影响,加速了混凝土中性化进程.

  19. 如何减少酸雨pH计的测量误差浅析%How to reduce measurement errors of acid rain meter

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    杨秀勋

    2012-01-01

    According to the practical experience of Tongren National Acid Rain Observation Station, this paper focuses on the working principle, operation method, daily maintenance and common troubleshooting points of Leici PHS-3B acid rain meter made in Shanghai. Being familiar with design principle of the instrument can help observers to correct operate and maintain the instrument, accurate diagnose measurement errors and master troubleshooting skills, which can improve acid rain observation and quality of services.%根据铜仁国家酸雨观测站的实践经验,详细介绍了上海雷磁牌PHS-3B型酸雨pH计的工作原理、操作方法、日常维护以及常见故障排除要点。熟悉和了解设备的工作和设计原理,有助于观测员正确使用和维护仪器,帮助准确诊断分析测量误差和掌握排除故障技能,以利于提高酸雨观测水平和业务质量。

  20. Acid rain research[NIVA contributions to ACID REIGN '95? Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, 26-30 June 1995

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    The conference dealt with various sources, aspects and present and future consequences of pollution, particularly acid precipitation on the environment especially on the terrestrial and aquatic parts, with the focus on acidification. Surveys of the extent of the problems were presented. Various methods of reversing the effects are dealt with. Much attention was focused on various water systems such as rivers, lakes, surface waters and ground water and consequences of pollution chemically, geologically, biologically and botanically. The problems of global warming and changes were also focused upon. The origins of pollutants were discussed.

  1. Chance-constrained/stochastic linear programming model for acid rain abatement—I. Complete colinearity and noncolinearity

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    Ellis, J. H.; McBean, E. A.; Farquhar, G. J.

    A Linear Programming model is presented for development of acid rain abatement strategies in eastern North America. For a system comprised of 235 large controllable point sources and 83 uncontrolled area sources, it determines the least-cost method of reducing SO 2 emissions to satisfy maximum wet sulfur deposition limits at 20 sensitive receptor locations. In this paper, the purely deterministic model is extended to a probabilistic form by incorporating the effects of meteorologic variability on the long-range pollutant transport processes. These processes are represented by source-receptor-specific transfer coefficients. Experiments for quantifying the spatial variability of transfer coefficients showed their distributions to be approximately lognormal with logarithmic standard deviations consistently about unity. Three methods of incorporating second-moment random variable uncertainty into the deterministic LP framework are described: Two-Stage Programming Under Uncertainty (LPUU), Chance-Constrained Programming (CCP) and Stochastic Linear Programming (SLP). A composite CCP-SLP model is developed which embodies the two-dimensional characteristics of transfer coefficient uncertainty. Two probabilistic formulations are described involving complete colinearity and complete noncolinearity for the transfer coefficient covariance-correlation structure. Complete colinearity assumes complete dependence between transfer coefficients. Complete noncolinearity assumes complete independence. The completely colinear and noncolinear formulations are considered extreme bounds in a meteorologic sense and yield abatement strategies of largely didactic value. Such strategies can be characterized as having excessive costs and undesirable deposition results in the completely colinear case and absence of a clearly defined system risk level (other than expected-value) in the noncolinear formulation.

  2. Evaluation of the RAIN project

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    This report presents a scientific assessment of the RAIN project. It describes the main hypotheses tested and the applied methods. The major results of the research are highlighted and discussed, and they are placed in the perspective of national and international acid rain research. An important part of the RAIN project has been to provide information to the public about the acid rain problem, and in this way it has performed an important background role in influencing political decisions and legislation. The RAIN project is regarded as a cost effective research effort, and the novel approach and capital investment will enable further manipulation studies at these sites in the future. It is recommended that the project is continued in the immediate future, with some modification to answer specific questions resulting from the collected data. 24 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab

  3. S.1234: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax relief to utilities installing acid rain reduction equipment, introduced in the Senate of the United States, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session, June 6, 1991

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    The bill would allow a tax credit of 6 2/3% of a taxpayer's investment in qualified acid rain control equipment for each of the three years beginning the year the equipment is placed in service. Additionally, a tax credit would be allowed during two years of construction progress, the amount being 6 2/3% of construction expenditures. The bill describes qualified acid rain property', tax-exempt financing of acid rain control property, tax credit for minerals used to reduce the sulfur in coal, coal cleaning minerals credit, exclusion from gross income of receipt of qualified Clean Air allowance and proceeds of disposition thereof, qualified Clean Air allowances, and amortization of acid rain control property

  4. 混凝土的抗酸雨腐蚀性及其机理研究%Concrete's Resistance to Acide Rain and Its Mechanism

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    石立安; 麻海燕; 柯凯

    2012-01-01

    In order to evaluate the durability of concrete constructions exposed to acid rain, such properties of concrete corroded by acid rain are investigated here as compressive strength, flexural strength and resistance to impact. By means of X ray diffraction ( XRD), mercury intrusion poremea-surement(MIP) , scanning electron microscope ( SEM ) and energy dispersive spectrometer ( EDS ), mechanism of fly ash, expansive agent and polypropylene fiber are investigated. Microstructure and porosity characteristics of hydrated products before and after corrosion are also examined. The results indicate that the polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete incorporated with fly ash and expansion agent exhibit better anti acid rain corrosion performance than other mixes. The hydration products of the reference sample are easily converted to gypsum and SiO2 ·nH2O under the action of acid rain. Microstructure of concrete adding admixture is denser so as to effectively prevent concrete damage induced by acid rain.%为了考察混凝土建筑在酸雨环境腐蚀下的耐久性问题,研究不同配合比的混凝土材料在酸雨侵蚀作用下的抗压强度、抗折强度和抗冲击性等性能,通过X射线衍射(XRD)、压汞测孔法(MIP)、扫描电镜和能谱仪(SEM-EDS)等测试方法,从粉煤灰、膨胀剂、聚丙烯纤维的作用机理入手,研究了侵蚀前后混凝土试块中水化产物微观结构及内部孔结构特征的变化.结果表明,聚丙烯纤维粉煤灰膨胀混凝土的抗酸雨腐蚀性效果最佳.基准混凝土水化产物在酸雨介质侵蚀下易转换为石膏和SiO2·nH2O,而聚丙烯纤维粉煤灰膨胀混凝土结构致密,有害孔显著减少,可有效阻碍酸雨介质侵蚀作用.

  5. A computer program for geochemical analysis of acid-rain and other low-ionic-strength, acidic waters

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    Johnsson, P.A.; Lord, D.G.

    1987-01-01

    ARCHEM, a computer program written in FORTRAN 77, is designed primarily for use in the routine geochemical interpretation of low-ionic-strength, acidic waters. On the basis of chemical analyses of the water, and either laboratory or field determinations of pH, temperature, and dissolved oxygen, the program calculates the equilibrium distribution of major inorganic aqueous species and of inorganic aluminum complexes. The concentration of the organic anion is estimated from the dissolved organic concentration. Ionic ferrous iron is calculated from the dissolved oxygen concentration. Ionic balances and comparisons of computed with measured specific conductances are performed as checks on the analytical accuracy of chemical analyses. ARCHEM may be tailored easily to fit different sampling protocols, and may be run on multiple sample analyses. (Author 's abstract)

  6. CURRENT STATUS AND CAUSES OF ACID RAIN IN GUANGZHOU%广州酸雨现状及影响因素分析

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    王志春; 丁凌云; 刘尉; 植石群

    2011-01-01

    通过对广州1992-2008年酸雨资料的统计分析表明,广州酸雨年变化明显,17年的年平均pH值为4.05,酸雨年均pH值最低达3.41,最高达4.53;17年的酸雨年均发生频率为86.9%,最低为71.8%,最高为98.6%;酸雨季节变化明显:春季pH值最低,夏季pH值最高;酸雨月平均pH值变化幅度大:pH值最低出现在2月,最高在12月.通过对广州雨水离子组分和污染物浓度分析表明,影响广州雨水酸度的主要离子为:SO2-4、Cl-、Cg2+、NH+4和NO-3,主要大气污染物为SO2和NOx.广州酸雨形成机制不仅与污染源有关,还与污染物在迁移扩散过程的天气系统和边界层气象特征有关.%It was demonstrated from statistical analysis of acid rain for 1992-2008 that the annual variability of acid rain in Guangzhou changed markedly. For the 17-year period, the average annual pH value of acid rain is 4.05, with the lowest at 3.13 and the highest at 4.53; The average annual frequency of acid rain is 86.9%, with the lowest annual value at 71.8% and the highest at 98.6%. Moreover, acid rain changed obviously in different seasons, with the lowest pH value being in spring and the highest in summer. The average pH value of acid rain also varies from month to month, with February having the lowest pH value and December having the highest. SO42-, Cl-, Ca2+, NH4+ and NO3- were identified as the main ions that influenced the pH value of rainfall in Guangzhou and SO2 and NOX were the main pollutants, a conclusion drawn after analysis of ion composition of rainfall as well as pollution concentration. The formation mechanism of acid rain in Guangzhou is not only related to the pollution source, but also related to weather systems and meteorological features of the boundary layer in the process of pollution migration and diffusion.

  7. ACID RAIN MODELING

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    This paper provides an overview of existing statistical methodologies for the estimation of site-specific and regional trends in wet deposition. The interaction of atmospheric processes and emissions tend to produce wet deposition data patterns that show large spatial and tempora...

  8. Acid Rain: Science Projects.

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    Hessler, Edward W.; Stubbs, Harriett S.

    Too often science seems to be a matter of studying from books and responding to questions raised by teachers about the information either in the classroom or on examinations. Such a view of science misses its importance as a way of thinking, doing, and preparing for citizenship roles. The problems and activities included in this volume are…

  9. Acid rain: Microphysical model

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    Dingle, A. N.

    1980-01-01

    A microphysical model was used to simulate the case of a ground cloud without dilution by entrainment and without precipitation. The numerical integration techniques of the model are presented. The droplet size spectra versus time and the droplet molalities for each value of time are discussed.

  10. Acid rain: Mesoscale model

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    Hsu, H. M.

    1980-01-01

    A mesoscale numerical model of the Florida peninsula was formulated and applied to a dry, neutral atmosphere. The prospective use of the STAR-100 computer for the submesoscale model is discussed. The numerical model presented is tested under synoptically undisturbed conditions. Two cases, differing only in the direction of the prevailing geostrophic wind, are examined: a prevailing southwest wind and a prevailing southeast wind, both 6 m/sec at all levels initially.

  11. Acid rain legislation update

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    This paper presents the author's view that the coal industry should develop a strategy to respond to the global warming issue. A few weeks ago a speaker stated that the global warming issue placed coal at the crossroads. He stated that global warming legislation, could reduce the consumption of coal by approximately twenty-five percent, without global warming legislation coal would continue to grow at a approximately three percent per year. It is believed there is a path to be traveled between the two options, legislation or no legislation, that can result in coal obtaining the position as the primary fuel source for electrical generating throughout the world. This is a path the coal industry can define and should follow

  12. Acid rain effect in the constituent material of Mexican Mayan monuments; Efecto de la lluvia acida en el material constituyente de los monumentos Mayas mexicanos

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    Bravo Alvarez, H.; Soto Ayala, R.; Sosa Echeverria, R.; Sanchez Alvarez, P. [Facultad de Ingenieria, UNAM, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-12-01

    Actually, acid rain is considered as a potential problem that affects materials and ecosystems. The effect on monuments, made mainly from limestone, has been studied for long time. In this work, a sample of limestone from Tulum, Quintana Roo, was studied. The following parameters were measured: density, porosity and percentage of water adsorption. Also, the sample was irrigated with acid rain prepared in the laboratory (pH 4.6), based in the chemical composition of 56 rain samples from Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, in 1994 and 1995. The results obtained show that acid rain is neutralized by calcium carbonate from the limestone. The high calcium concentrations in the effluent show that limestone is dissolved by acid rain. Superficial recession was 4.4 {mu}m/year under experimental conditions used. [Spanish] Actualmente la lluvia acida se ha convertido en un problema potencial que afecta en mayor o menor grado a materiales y a los ecosistemas. El efecto que causa la lluvia acida en monumentos construidos fundamentalmente de roca caliza, ha sido objeto de muchas investigaciones realizadas, prioritariamente, por paises que poseen estructuras, cuyo material de construccion es caliza. En este trabajo de investigacion se estudio una muestra de roca caliza proveniente de los monumentos mayas de Tulum, Quintana Roo. Se determinaron los parametros de densidad, porosidad y porcentaje de adsorcion de agua. Asimismo, se efectuo la irrigacion de la muestra con lluvia acida (pH aprox. 4.6), preparada en el laboratorio con base en la composicion quimica que se determino en 56 muestras de agua de lluvia provenientes de Puerto Morelos, punto cercano a los monumentos de Tulum, Quintana Roo, durante los anos 1994 y 1995. Los resultados permiten concluir que la lluvia acida sufre un proceso de neutralizacion con el carbonato de calcio de la roca caliza. Las altas concentraciones de calcio en el efluente, mostraron que la roca caliza sufrio una disolucion con la lluvia acida. La

  13. Effect of the acid rain in the constituent material of the Mayan Mexican monuments; Efecto de la lluvia acida en el material constituyente de los monuments mayas mexicanos

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    Bravo Alvarez, H; Soto Ayala, R; Sosa Echeverria, R; Sanchez Alvarez, P [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-10-15

    Actually, acid rain is considered as a potential problem that affects materials and ecosystems. The effect on monuments, made mainly from limestone, has been studied for long time. In this work, a sample of limestone from Tulum, Qintana Roo, was studied. The following parameters were measured: density, porosity and percentage of water adsorption. Also, the sample was irrigated with acid rain prepared in the laboratory (pH = 4.6), based in the chemical composition of 56 rain samples from Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, in 1994 and 1995. The results obtained show that acid rain is neutralized by calcium carbonate from the limestone. The high calcium concentrations in the effluent, show that limestone is dissolved by acid rain. Superficial recession was 4.4 {mu}m/year under experimental conditions used. [Spanish] Actualmente la lluvia acida se ha convertido en un problema potencial que afecta en mayor o menor grado a materiales y a los ecosistemas. El efecto que causa la lluvia acida en monumentos construidos fundamentalmente de roca caliza, ha sido objeto de muchas investigaciones realizadas, prioritariamente, por paises que poseen estructuras, cuyo material de construccion es caliza. En este trabajo de investigacion se estudio una muestra de roca caliza proveniente de los monumentos mayas de Tulum, Quintana Roo. Se determinaron los parametros de densidad, porosidad y porcentaje de adsorcion de agua. Asimismo, se efectuo la irrigacion de la muestra con lluvia acida (pH aprox.4.6), preparada en el laboratorio con base en la composicion quimica que se determino en 56 muestras de agua de lluvia provenientes de Puerto Morelos, punto cercano a los monumentos de Tulum, Quintana Roo, durante los anos 1994 y 1995. Los resultados permiten concluir que la lluvia acida sufre un proceso de naturalizacion con el carbonato de calcio de la roca caliza. Las altas concentraciones de calcio en el efluente, mostraron que la roca caliza sufrio una disolucion con la lluvia acida. La

  14. 近5a江苏省苏南五市酸雨分布特征分析%An analysis of acid rain distribution characteristics of five cities in south Jiangsu in recent five years

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    蒋名淑; 施丹平; 陈彦

    2011-01-01

    Acid rain distribution characteristics of 7 acid rain monitoring stations in Nanjing, Zhen-jiang,Changzhou,Wuxi and Suzhou in south Jiangsu were analyzed based on acid rain monitoring data from January 2007 to December 2011. The results indicate that the frequency of acid rain was maximum in Dongshan and minimum in Nanjing. The frequency was minimum in 2011 and maximum in 2009. The frequency of strong acid rain was maximum in Dongshan and minimum in Liyang. The frequency was maximum when the rainfall was strong acidity at 3 points at the same time. The strong acid precipitation failed at 7 points at the same time appeared only on February 22, 2009. The acid rain intensity was the strongest in Dongshan and weakest in Liyang. The precipitation of the four seasons in a year were acidic. The precipitation in 2011 was weak acidity, but it was strong acidity during 2008 -2010.%统计江苏省苏南地区南京、镇江、常州、无锡和苏州5市7个酸雨监测站2007年1月至2011年12月的酸雨监测资料得到:(1)酸雨发生频率以东山最高,南京最低;2011年最低,2009年最高.强酸雨发生概率以东山最高,溧阳最低;3站同时出现强酸雨的概率最高,7站同时为强酸雨的仅2009年2月22日1d.(2)四季均为酸性降水;酸雨强度以东山最强,溧阳最弱.2011年呈弱酸性,其余3 a呈强酸性.

  15. Effects of precipitation variation on severe acid rain in southern China%降水变化对中国南方强酸雨分布的影响

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    谢志清; 杜银; 曾燕; 李亚春; 严明良; 焦圣明

    2009-01-01

    Acid rain has been recognized as a serious environmental problem in China since the 1980s, but little is known about the effects of the climatic change in regional precipitation on the temporal and spatial variability of severe acid rain. We present the effects of the re-gional precipitation trend change on the area and intensity of severe acid rain in southern China, and the spatio-temporal distribution characteristics of SO2 and NO2 concentrations are analyzed on the basis of SO2 and NO2 column concentration data. The results are as follows. (1) The emission levels of SO2 and NO2 have reached or passed the precipitation scavenging capacity in parts of southern China owing to the emission totals of SO2 and NO2 increasing from 1993 to 2004. (2) Notable changes in the proportion of cities subject to severe acid rain occurred mainly in the south of the middle-lower reaches of the Yangtze River during 1993-2004. With an abrupt change in 1999, the severe acid rain regions were mainly located in central and western China during 1993-1999 and moved obviously eastward to the south of the lower-middle reaches of the Yangtze River with the proportion of cities subject to se-vere acid rain increasing significantly from 2000 to 2004. (3) The spatial distribution and variation in the seasonal precipitation change rate of more than 10 mm/10a are similar to those of severe acid rain in southern China. An abrupt change in 1999 is seen for winter and summer precipitation, the same as for the proportion of cities subject to severe acid rain in southern China. The significant increase in summer storm precipitation from 1991 to 1999 mitigated the annual precipitation acidity in the south of the Yangtze River and reduced the area of severe acid rainfall. On the other hand, the decrease in storm rainfall in summer ex-panded the area of severe acid rainfall in the south of the Yangtze River in 2000-2006. Therefore, the change in seasonal precipitation is an important factor in the

  16. 基于EOF分析的广西酸雨时空分布特征研究%Study on the Temporal and Spatial Distribution Characteristic of Acid Rain in Guangxi Based on EOF Analysis

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    孙崇智; 梁骏; 王超球; 郑凤琴

    2011-01-01

    Based on acid rain data from ten monitoring sites in Guangxi from 2003 to 2009, the temporal and spatial distribution characteristic of acid rain in Guangxi were analyzed by means of empirical orthogonal function resolution (EOF). The results showed that there was fluctuating change of acid rain frequency in Guangxi , and acid rain pollution became severer in 2004 - 2008; acid rain frequency changed conformably in the whole region and it was higher in eastern and northwestern Guangxi, while acid rain pollution became severe in western Guangxi;acid rain frequency varied out of phase between northeastern and seuthwestern Guangxi in an individual year.%利用广西10个酸雨监测点2003~2009年的酸雨资料,采用经验正交函数分解(EOF)的统计方法,分析了广西区域酸雨的空间分布特征与时间变化趋势.结果表明,广西酸雨频率呈波动性变化,特别是2004~2008年酸雨污染趋势加剧;全区域酸雨频率变化一致,东部、西北部明显高于其他地区,酸雨污染严重的地带已扩展到西部;个别年份广西东北部与西南部的酸雨频率变化反位相.

  17. The Comparative Analysis on Acid Rain' Characteristics in Xichang, Panzhihua and Wenjiang%西昌攀枝花温江三地酸雨特征对比分析

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    莫芳; 郑丽英; 房鹏; 郑自君; 李林; 王哲

    2015-01-01

    利用西昌、攀枝花、温江三站近7年的酸雨观测资料,分析三地的酸雨月、年变化特征.结果表明:西昌1—12月为弱酸雨污染;攀枝花1—3月无酸雨污染,4—12月为弱酸雨污染,温江秋、冬、春三季均为强酸雨污染,夏季为弱酸雨污染.西昌近年来pH值有增大趋势,攀枝花与温江年变化趋势不显著.经综合比较,温江为重酸雨区,攀枝花与西昌为轻酸雨区.%Based on Xichang, Panzhihua and Wenjiang's nearly seven years acid rain monitoring data, the month and annual variation characteristics of acid rain in three places are analyzed. The results shows that: in Xichang, there is weak acid rain pollution all year in Panzhihua, there is no acid rain pollution from January to March and weak pollution from April to December in Wenjiang, there is strong acid rain pollution in spring autumn and winter and weak pollution in summer The value of Xichang's PH has increasing trend in recent years, while the trend of Panzhihua and Wenjiang's Ph is not significant. Through comprehensive comparison, Wenjiang belongs to heavy acid rain area, Panzhihua and Xichang belong to light acid rain area.

  18. The formation of acid rain in the atmosphere, adjacent to the TTP with the joint-condensing of sulfur dioxide and water vapor

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    Gvozdyakov, D. V.; Gubin, V. E.; Matveeva, A. A.

    2014-08-01

    Presents the results of mathematical simulation of the condensation process of sulphur dioxide and water vapor on the condensation nuclei surface under the action of natural factors. Numerical investigations were carried out for the summer at a moderate speed of the wind. The influence of the parameter of condensation on the speed of the process of sulfuric acid drops formation in the air space was analyzed. Time ranges, sufficient for the formation of the acid rain sedimentation in the atmosphere, adjacent to the areas of thermal power station work were established. It is shown that the speed of air masses movement effects on the process of acid anthropogenic admixtures dispersion in the atmosphere. Approbation of the obtained results was carried out by checking the difference scheme conservative and solution of test problems.

  19. Characteristics of acid rain and its influencing factors from 2006 to 2010 in Nangong,Hebei province%2006—2010年南宫酸雨变化特征及影响因素

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    杨允凌; 王丛梅

    2012-01-01

    Based on the observational data of acid rain,the ground meteorological data in Nangong from 2006 to 2010,the sounding data and synoptic situation,the characteristics of acid rain and the effect of meteorological conditions on it were analyzed.The results indicate that the mean pH value of precipitation is less than 4.70 in Nangong and acid rain frequency is more than 50%,so it belongs to the serious or more serious acid rain area.The acidity of precipitation is stronger in summer and autumn,while the frequency of acid rain is high in autumn and winter.The conductivity of precipitation is the largest in winter.Acid rain often occurs when the dominant wind is the eastward,calm and north-northwest wind.The frequencies of acid rain and serious acid rain increase with the increase of precipitation grade when upper weather system is a shear line.The intensity of acid rain increases with the increase of relative humidity and inverse temperature.%利用2006—2010年南宫酸雨观测资料和地面气象资料,结合邢台探空资料及天气形势,采用数理统计方法,分析南宫酸雨变化特征及不同气象条件对酸雨的影响。结果表明:近年来南宫降水平均pH值均小于4.70,酸雨频率大于50%,属于重酸雨区或较重酸雨区。降水酸性在夏秋两季较强,而酸雨出现频率则在秋冬两季较大,降水电导率冬季最大。南宫酸雨多出现在主导风向为偏东风或静风及北—西北风;高空天气系统为切变线时,酸雨及强酸雨频率随降水量级增大而增大;酸雨强度随相对湿度和逆温增加而增强。

  20. Characteristics of acid rain and its relationship with meteorological elements in Datong,Shanxi province%大同市酸雨变化特征及其与气象要素的关系

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    李明明; 王雁; 韩照宇; 闫世明; 张逢生

    2011-01-01

    利用2007—2009年大同市酸雨资料,应用《酸雨观测规范》方法对大同市酸雨变化及其与气象要素的关系进行分析。结果表明:大同市酸雨发生频率为25.0%—36.36%,10月酸雨频率最高,达到75%;其他月份酸雨频率较低。大同市夏季酸雨强度为弱酸雨程度,而秋季酸雨频率则为最高。大同市小雨时酸雨发生频率为33.33%;中雨时酸雨发生频率为19.23%;大雨时酸雨发生频率为60.00%;暴雨时酸雨发生频率为0。由此可见,大同市在大雨天气时,酸雨出现的概率较高。随着风速的增大,降水的酸雨频率逐渐增大。大同市在S风向下的酸雨频率最高为18.60%,ESE和NNW风向下的酸雨频率较高为13.95%。通过分析大同市酸雨变化规律、气象气候条件等因素对酸雨的影响,探讨影响大同市酸雨形成的主要因素,从而为大同市酸雨污染控制提供科学依据。%Based on the acid rain data from 2007 to 2009,the characteristics of acid rain and its relationship with meteorological elements were analyzed in terms of a method provided by "acid rain observational criterion".The results indicate that the frequency of occurrence for acid rain is about 25.0%-36.36% in Datong.The highest frequency of 75% occurs in October,while the frequencies are lower in other months.The intensity of acid rain is weak in summer,and the frequency of occurrence is the highest in autumn.The frequencies of occurrence for acid rain reach 33.33%,19.23%,60.00% and 0 under light rain,moderate rain,heavy rain and rainstorm conditions.The frequency of occurrence for acid rain increases with the increase of wind speed.The frequency of occurrence for acid rain reaches 18.60% under S wind direction in Datong and this is the highest frequency in relation to the wind direction.The frequency is about 13.95% under ESE and NNW wind directions.According to the analysis of acid rain changes and their relationship with meteorological

  1. 酸雨对我国生态环境的危害及防治对策%THE HARMFULNESS OF ACID RAIN TO AGRICULTURALECO-ENVIRONMFENT IN CHINA AND THECORRESPONDING PREVENTIVE COUNTERMEASURES

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    张士功; 张华

    2001-01-01

    The viewpoints that the harnmfulness of acid rain to macro-agriculture is one of the most serious 10environmental problems were put forward at the 3rd international symposium on environmental protection in 1996.With the development of modem industry,following the North Europe and North America,China has became the 3rd largest acid rain area in the world,and 40% of her area is harmed by acid rain.Acid rain already has become one of the main factors restraining sustainable development of economy in China.Based on the studies of harmfulness of acid rain to agricultural eeo-environment and macro-agriculture in China,the relative preventive countermeasures were presented.%随着现代工业的发展,我国已成为继北欧和北美之后的第三大酸雨区,占国土总面积的40%的地区受到酸雨的危害。酸雨问题已成为制约我国经济可持续发展的主要因素之一。文章从农业可持续发展角度出发,在分析酸雨对我国大农业危害的基础上,提出了酸雨防治的对策建议。

  2. Effects of simulated acid rain on soil respiration and its components in a subtropical mixed conifer and broadleaf forest in southern China.

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    Liang, Guohua; Hui, Dafeng; Wu, Xiaoying; Wu, Jianping; Liu, Juxiu; Zhou, Guoyi; Zhang, Deqiang

    2016-02-01

    Soil respiration is a major pathway in the global carbon cycle and its response to environmental changes is an increasing concern. Here we explored how total soil respiration (RT) and its components respond to elevated acid rain in a mixed conifer and broadleaf forest, one of the major forest types in southern China. RT was measured twice a month in the first year under four treatment levels of simulated acid rain (SAR: CK, the local lake water, pH 4.7; T1, water pH 4.0; T2, water pH 3.25; and T3, water pH 2.5), and in the second year, RT, litter-free soil respiration (RS), and litter respiration (RL) were measured simultaneously. The results indicated that the mean rate of RT was 2.84 ± 0.20 μmol CO2 m(-2) s(-1) in the CK plots, and RS and RL contributed 60.7% and 39.3% to RT, respectively. SAR marginally reduced (P = 0.08) RT in the first year, but significantly reduced RT and its two components in the second year (P soil microbial biomass and fine root biomass due to soil acidification under the SAR. The temperature coefficients (Q10) of RT and its two components generally decreased with increasing levels of the SAR, but only the decrease of RT and RL was significant (P soil respiration in the litter layer.

  3. Effects of simulated acid rain on soil and soil solution chemistry in a monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest in southern China.

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    Qiu, Qingyan; Wu, Jianping; Liang, Guohua; Liu, Juxiu; Chu, Guowei; Zhou, Guoyi; Zhang, Deqiang

    2015-05-01

    Acid rain is an environmental problem of increasing concern in China. In this study, a laboratory leaching column experiment with acid forest soil was set up to investigate the responses of soil and soil solution chemistry to simulated acid rain (SAR). Five pH levels of SAR were set: 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 (as a control, CK). The results showed that soil acidification would occur when the pH of SAR was ≤3.5. The concentrations of NO₃(-)and Ca(2+) in the soil increased significantly when the pH of SAR fell 3.5. The concentration of SO₄(2-) in the soil increased significantly when the pH of SAR was acidity of SAR. The releases of soluble Al and Fe were SAR pH dependent, and their net exports under pH 2.5 treatment were 19.6 and 5.5 times, respectively, higher than that under CK. The net export of DOC was reduced by 12-29% under SAR treatments as compared to CK. Our results indicate the chemical constituents in the soil are more sensitive to SAR than those in the soil solution, and the effects of SAR on soil solution chemistry depend not only on the intensity of SAR but also on the duration of SAR addition. The soil and soil solution chemistry in this region may not be affected by current precipitation (pH≈4.5) in short term, but the soil and soil leachate chemistry may change dramatically if the pH of precipitation were below 3.5 and 3.0, respectively. PMID:25893761

  4. Variation Characteristics and Trend Analysis of Acid Rain in Suzhou%苏州地区酸雨变化特征及趋势分析

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    苏明玉; 杨倩

    2016-01-01

    Using the precipitation monitoring data during 2006-2015,analyzed the precipitation over time and sea⁃sonal variation characteristics and trends in Suzhou,discussed the reason to cause acid. The results showed that the pollution of acid rain in Suzhou during 2006-2015 at a higher level,the degree of acidification in winter and spring was more than in summer,and the frequency was relatively high;Industrial emissions of sulphur dioxide,automobile exhaust were the main reasons for acid. In addition,produced by the chemical industry,non-ferrous metal smelting industry waste gas has also played a role on the formation of acid rain.%利用2006-2015年期间降水监测数据,分析了苏州地区降水随时间和季节的变化特征及趋势,并且对致酸原因进行了探讨。结果表明,2006-2015年期间苏州地区酸雨污染程度在较高水平,冬春两季较夏季的酸化程度明显上升,频率也相对较高;工业二氧化硫、汽车尾气的排放是致酸的主要原因,化工、有色金属冶炼产生的工业废气对酸雨的形成也起到了一定的作用。

  5. Ectomycorrhizae-induced mitigation mechanisms against the damages of acid rain on plants: A review%外生菌根缓解植物酸雨胁迫的机理研究进展

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    张慰; 陈展; 邓仕槐; 尚鹤

    2012-01-01

    森林作为陆地生态系统的主体,是酸雨污染的主要受体,酸雨对生态系统产生着巨大的影响.菌根是菌根真菌与植物营养根的共生体.外生菌根真菌与宿主植物间互惠互利,在森林生态系统中,外生菌根在维持生态系统的养分平衡和改善树木营养等方面有重要的作用.本文综述了国内外关于菌根和酸雨关系的研究,酸雨能抑制外生菌根的形成,降低其活力;但另一方面,外生菌根能够缓解酸雨造成的植物危害,提高植株对酸雨的耐受力.外生菌根主要通过以下几方面缓解酸雨胁迫:(1)菌根形态结构的物理屏蔽作用;(2)增加养分吸收,增加御酸能力;(3)增强酶活性,提高植物生存能力;(4)产生有机酸或其他物质.%As a main body of terrestrial ecosystem, forest is a major receptor of acid rain pollu tion. Acid rain has severe impact on forest ecosystem. Ectomycorrhizal fungi symbiose with plant roots, and protect their hosts against various aggressions, including that from acid rain. Many of the macrofungi form symbiotic ectomycorrhizae with forest trees, playing an important role in maintaining the nutrient balance of the trees and protecting the trees against pathogens. This paper reviewed the research advances in the relationships between mycorrhizae and acid rain. Acid rain can inhibit and reduce ectomycorrhizal formation and vitality, whereas ectomycorrhizae can alleviate the damage of acid rain to host plants and improve the hosts' tolerance against acid rain. The ectomycorrhizae-induced mitigation mechanisms against the acid rain stress on plants are: 1) physical shielding effect of ectomycorrhizal morphological structure, 2) promoting host plant nutrient uptake and increasing host plant acid-defense capability, 3) improving host plant enzyme activities and host plant viability, and 4) secreting organic acids or other substances.

  6. 酸雨对混凝土建筑物和文物损坏机理的研究%Acid Rain on the Damage Mechanism of Concrete Buildings and Cultural Relics

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    李灏阳; 李衍红

    2016-01-01

    Introduces the acid rain macro analysis of the mechanism of concrete damage of buildings and cultural relics , adding a small amount of gypsum, cement can delay setting time, but when adding quantity is big, will cause cement expansion, so that debacle, and acid rain on concrete structure and microscopic analysis of damage of cultural relics, such as acid rain are particularly to generate a variety of sulfate, through the analysis of the acid rain from the chemical reaction principle of sulfur diox-ide generated by reaction with calcium ions in the concrete mechanism of gypsum, acid rain are discussed from the gypsum charac-teristics of concrete buildings and cultural relics of the erosion mechanism, and thus puts forward the protection of concrete build-ings and cultural relics under the condition of acid rain .%介绍了酸雨对混凝土建筑物和文物损坏机理的宏观分析,水泥中加入少量石膏,可延缓凝结时间,但当加入量大,将引起水泥膨胀,以致溃裂,探讨了酸雨对混凝土建筑物与文物损坏的微观分析,特别是酸雨等生成各种硫酸盐,通过从化学反应原理上分析了酸雨中二氧化硫与混凝土中钙离子反应生成石膏机理,从石膏特性上探讨了酸雨对混凝土建筑物和文物侵蚀机制,并由此提出了酸雨条件下保护混凝土建筑物和文物应对措施。

  7. 酸雨侵蚀对水泥砂浆力学性能的影响%Effect of acid rain attack on mechanical properties of cement mortar

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    李军

    2015-01-01

    研究了不同水胶比、不同胶凝材料的水泥砂浆受酸雨侵蚀后的力学性能变化。结果表明:在酸雨侵蚀条件下,砂浆抗压强度和抗折强度呈现先快速增长,而后迅速降低的趋势,且水灰比越小,强度增长和下降速度越快;粉煤灰掺量越高,56 d以前强度增长越快,56 d以后强度下降速度越缓慢;28 d前掺矿粉砂浆在酸雨中的抗压强度增长幅度高于未掺加矿粉的基准砂浆,且矿渣掺量越高砂浆抗压强度越高,矿粉对砂浆抗折强度的作用相对较小。%The mechanical properties of cement material of various water cement ratio and cement mortar under acid rain stress were studied. The results show that the compressive strength and bending strength of mortar show a rapid increase under acid rain stress,and then decrease,the strength increases and the decrease rate is faster when the water cement ratio is small. The strength of cement with the increase of fly ash show a rapid growth before 56d and a slow down after 56 d.The compressive strength of mortar with mineral powder increased more than that of control sample under acid rain stress before 28 d,The strength of mortar would be increased with the propor-tions of slag increased ,and mineral powder has little effect on the flexural strength of mortar.

  8. 模拟酸雨对台湾桤木光合特性的影响%Effects of simulated acid rain on photosynthesis of Alnus formosana

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    黄桂芬; 吴承祯; 洪伟; 林晗; 洪滔; 林勇明; 陈灿; 李键

    2012-01-01

    By simulated acid rain experiment, the effects of acid rain in different intensity stress (pH 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5) on photosynthesis of Alnm formosana were investigated. It showed that the lower the acidity of acid rain, the net photosynthetic rate, transpiration rate and stomata] conductance in A. formosana leaves were generally observed in upward trend. When the pH value is 2.5, the net photosynthetic rate reached a minimum, decreased by 28.6% to the control CK; when the pH value is 4.5, its net pho- tosynthetic rate increased by I0.2% compared with the control; when the pH value is 2.5, transpiration rate reached a minimum, decreased by 59.5% to the control; and when the pH being 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, their net photosynthetic rates were decreased by 57.4%, 53.1%, 50.1% and 34.7% compared with the control, respectively. With the persistence of stress time by acid rain, the net photosynthetic rate of the A. formosana leaves showed a trend which first increased and then decreased, the transpiration rate generally increased firstly and then decreased, the stomata] conductance decreased at first and then rose, the intercellular carbon di- oxide concentration generally reduced to a minimum in September and then increased, the stomatai limitation generally increased firstly and then decreased, the water use efficiency decreased at first and then increased.%通过模拟酸雨实验,研究酸雨胁迫(pH2.5、3.0、35、4.0、4.5)对台湾桤木光合作用的影响。结果表明,随着酸雨酸度的降低,台湾桤木叶片的净光合速率、蒸腾速率和气孔导度呈上升趋势。pH2.5时,叶片的净光合速率达最低点,比对照(CK)降低28.6%;pH4.5时,叶片的净光合速率比CK高10.2%;pH2.5时,叶片的蒸腾速率达最低点,比cK降低59.5%,而pH3.0、3.5、4.0、4.5分别比CK降低57.4%、53.1%、50.1%和34.7%。随着酸雨胁迫时间的持续,台湾桤木叶

  9. 模拟酸雨胁迫对杨梅幼苗水分生理特性的影响%Effects of simulated acid rain on water physiological characteristics of Myrica rubra seed lings.

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    姚兆斌; 江洪; 余树全; 鲁美娟

    2011-01-01

    选择浙江省典型亚热带经济植物杨梅为对象,通过盆栽试验研究了重度酸雨( pH2.5)、中度酸雨(pH 4.0)和对照(pH 5.6)处理对杨梅幼苗水分生理特性的影响.结果表明:季节、年份和酸雨对杨梅幼苗的光合速率均有显著影响,各处理中,夏季的差异大于春、秋季,pH 4.0处理对光合速率有促进作用;季节、年份、酸雨,季节-年份交互作用以及三者交互作用对气孔导度均有显著影响,各处理在夏季的差异大于春、秋季,酸雨对气孔导度有抑制作用;季节、年份、酸雨及季节-年份和季节-酸雨两两交互作用对蒸腾速率有显著影响,各处理夏季的差异大干春秋季,且pH2.5处理对蒸腾速率的抑制作用最强;酸雨、季节-年份和季节-酸雨交互作用对水分利用率有显著影响,且pH2.5处理对水分利用率有一定的促进作用.%Taking the seedlings of typical subtropical economic tree species Myrica rubra in Zhe-jiang Province as test materials, a pot experiment was conducted to study their water physiological characteristics under effects of simulated acid rain (pH 2. 5 and pH 4. 0), with water ( pH 5. 6) as the control. Season, year, and acid rain all had significant effects on the photosynthetic rate (Pn). Among the treatments, the Pn had a greater difference in summer than in spring and autumn, and was higher in treatment acid rain (pH 4. 0). Season, year, acid rain, and the interactions of season and year and of the three factors had significant effects on the stomata conductance (G,), and also, the G, had a greater difference among the treatments in summer than in spring and autumn. Acid rain had inhibitory effect on G,. Season, year, acid rain, and the interactions of season and year and of season and acid rain affected the transpiration rate (TT) significantly. Same as Pn and Gs, the Tt had a greater difference among the treatments in summer than in spring and autumn. Acid rain (pH 2. 5) had

  10. 酸雨对菜地系统氮素收支的影响%EFFECT OF ACID RAIN ON NITROGEN BUDGET IN VEGETABLE FIELD ECOSYSTEMS

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    王定勇; 蒋红梅; 魏世强

    2009-01-01

    分别在酸沉降重污染区、轻污染区和对照区选择代表性的蔬菜样地,对土壤、蔬菜、降水、施肥、渗滤水等的氮素动态进行为时一年的定位、定时监测,研究了不同酸雨影响区氮素在菜地系统中的收支平衡.结果表明:在相同的种植条件下,由于酸雨影响了蔬菜的正常生长,致使酸雨影响区菜地系统中氮素收支失衡,酸沉降重污染区和轻污染区菜地系统中氮素I/O值分别为1.27和1.19;而对照区菜地系统中氮素I/O值为1.08,收支基本平衡.在酸沉降重污染区,降水输入系统的氮远大于轻污染区和对照区(约3~4倍),同时因酸雨危害,蔬菜产量明显低于对照区,仅为对照区产量的60%,使系统中通过作物收获的氮输出减少,结果导致大量氮滞留于土壤中并以硝态氮等形态淋失,给水环境带来了氮污染风险.%In order to understand effects of acid rain on nitrogen (N) balance of soil-vegetable systems, field experiments were carried out at three sites in Chongqing for one year to monitor N dynamics in soils and vegetables, atmospheric N deposition from rainfall, and N leaching loss. These sites were subjected to acid rain to a varying extent, i.e. heavily polluted area (HPA), lightly polluted area (LPA), and control area (CK). Under the condition of similar field management, acid rain affected normal growth of vegetables and hence N balance in the soil vegetable systems at the three sites. The N I/O ratio (input/output) was 1.27 and 1.19 in HPA and LPA, respectively, while it was 1.08 (nearly reaching the balance) in CK. The N input from rainfall in HPA was about 3 to 4 times higher than that in LPA and CK. However, the biomass of vegetables in HPA was decreased by up to 40%, when compared with that in CK, thus leading to a significant decrease in N output through crop harvesting. As a result, a large proportion of N was sequestrated in the soils subjected to acid rain, which subsequently

  11. 酸雨对生态系统的影响及防治对策探讨%Investigation on the Effect of Acid Rain on Ecosystems and Related Prevention Countermeasures

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    严瑾

    2016-01-01

    为了保持我国经济持续、稳定的发展,必须大力发展我国的工业产业,而工业化带来的酸雨污染也引起了社会各界的注意。文章通过对我国酸雨污染的现状分析,结合我国酸雨分布特点以及形成此分布特点的因素研究,对酸雨造成的生态系统影响进行探讨。在此基础上,提出了完善相关政策法规以及严格控制酸雨酸沉降污染源的防治对策。%In order to maintain sustainable and stable development of China economy, we must develop our industries, but acid rain pollution caused by industrialization has attracted the attention of the community. Through the status quo analysis of acid rain pollution, combined with acid rain distribution and the formation of this distribution factors, and the impact of acid rain on ecosystems is discussed. On this basis, we propose to improve relevant policies and regulations and strict control strategies of acid deposition.

  12. 2012年丰都县酸雨特征及其相关分析%Characteristic of Acid Rain of Fengdu in 20 1 2 and Its Correlation Analysis

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    郭小路

    2014-01-01

    The acid rain situation in Fengdu District was studied according to the rainfall monitoring data of this re-gion in 2012.It came to the conclusion that the acid rain pollution was serious in Fengdu District.The acid rain frequency in every month was above 90%,the rainfall acidity changed obviously from season to season and the se-verity was higher in winter than in summer.SO2-4 was the major anion in the rainfall which should be sulfate acid rain,and the correlation matrix analysis showed the definite correlation among the concentration of SO2-4 ,NO3-and F-in the rainfall.%根据2012年丰都县降水监测资料,对该地区的酸雨状况进行研究。结果表明,丰都县酸雨污染状况较重,各月的酸雨频率均在90%以上,降雨酸性的季节变化明显,冬季较夏季高。降雨成分中以SO2-4为主要阴离子,仍为硫酸型酸雨。相关矩阵分析表明,SO2-4、NO3-、F-相关性较好。

  13. Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Photosynthetic Physiology Characteristics of Ipomoea Cairica Seedling%模拟酸雨对五爪金龙幼苗光合生理特性的影响

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    赵则海

    2014-01-01

    The inhibition of acid rain on growth and development of crop and economic crop often caused serious economic lossess in the Southern China. However, some harmful invasive species was still spreading and its harmfulness was not obviously inhibited under acid rain conditions. Therefore, the study on biological characteristics of invasive species with acid rain condition will help reveal its invasion rules. The pot experiments for Ipomoea cairica seedling were implemented under artificial environmental conditions (light incubator conditions:temperature was 30℃, relative humidity was 47.6%and photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) was 63.6 μmol·m-2·s-1). And nutrient solution was spraying on leaves of I. cairica seedling every day. I. cairica seedling were continuously treated with simulated acid rain (pH value of acid rain were 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6). The photosynthetic physiology characteristics were mensurated using LI-6400 portable photosynthesis system and spectrophotometry. The results showed that:the net photosynthetic rate of leaves of I. cairica decreased with reducing the pH values of acid rain. When the photosynthetic active radiation was less than 200 μmol·m-2·s-1, the net photosynthetic rate increased with increasing of photosynthetic active radiation under different acid rain treatments. When the photosynthetic active radiation was more than 200 μmol·m-2·s-1, rules of the net photosynthetic rates with different pH values of acid rain at the same photosynthetic active radiation were as follows: CK(control check)> pH6.0> pH5.0> pH4.0 > pH3.0> pH2.0. With decreasing of pH values of acid rain, light saturation point (LSP), light compensation point (LCP), maximum net photosynthetic rate, apparent quantum yield (AQY) and dark respiration rate displayed a decrease trend. Among them, the inhibitory effects on all photosynthetic characteristic parameters reached the significant level under the acid rain treatments of pH3.0 and pH2.0. The treatments of acid

  14. Analysis on Characteristics and Influencing Factors of Acid Rain Pollution in Fushun%抚顺市酸雨污染特征及影响因素分析

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    解宇

    2011-01-01

    Based on the acid rain data from monitoring sites between 2006 and 2010, the variation characteristics and related factors of acid rain in recent five years are analyzed in this paper. The results show that the acidity reduced and the frequency of acid rain dropped in recent fives years. The frequency of acid rain increased when the continuous rainfall and heavy rainfall appeared. The precipitation pH value and the ratio of anion and cation are closely related. The precipitation pH value is negatively correlated with sulfur dioxide and positively correlated with dust. Acid rain is the combined result of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and alkaline dust.%文章利用2006年-2010年抚顺市环境监测中心站酸雨监测点位的监测数据,分析了近五年来抚顺市酸雨的变化特征及其相关因素。结果表明:近五年来抚顺市的降水酸度减轻,酸雨频率下降;降水量大时酸雨频率增加;降水pH值与阴阳离子的比率密切相关;降水pH值与大气污染物二氧化硫呈负相关,与尘呈正相关,酸雨是由大气污染物二氧化硫、二氧化氮和碱性尘共同作用的结果。

  15. Effect of simulated different types of acid rain on physiological characteristics in Carya cathayensis%模拟不同类型酸雨胁迫对山核桃生理特征的影响

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    陶欣桐; 江洪; 郭凯

    2013-01-01

    随着经济的发展,中国酸雨污染类型由硫酸型向硫酸、硝酸复合型转变,为了解转变对我国陆地植物生态系统的影响,以山核桃(Carya cathayensis)为试验对象,研究模拟硫酸型酸雨(SAR)、硝酸型酸雨(NAR)及混合型酸雨(MAR)对山核桃的生理特征影响.试验测定了山核桃在不同酸雨类型下,生长量,叶绿素含量和光合反应参数在pH值为5.6,4.0,2.5时的数据.结果表明:SAR处理下,山核桃的株高、基径在pH 5.6时高于另两个梯度,NAR处理下,生长量的大小为pH5.6处理<pH 2.5处理<pH 4.0处理;MAR处理下,对株高的胁迫明显高于SAR和NAR;在相同pH值下对叶绿素的胁迫影响表现为NAR> MAR> SAR,有显著差异,但三种酸雨类型各梯度间的叶绿素含量差异不显著;三种酸雨对山核桃的光合作用都产生抑制,净光合速率在pH2.5处理下小于pH5.6处理,对表观量子效率(AQE)、最大净光合速率(Pnmax)、光饱和点(LSP)都表现为MAR< NAR.@@研究结果表明NAR和MAR对植物的生理特征影响较SAR更复杂,混合型酸雨对植物的株高和叶绿素含量的胁迫都大于硫酸型酸雨.%With economic development,the type of acid rain pollution in China changed from the sulfuric acid to sulfuric acid and nitric acid complex,due to the increase of nitrogen content in the acid rain,which may lead to the change of terrestrial plant ecosystem.In this paper,Carya cathayensis was used as the experimental material to study the effect of simulated sulfuric acid rain (SAR),nitric acid rain (NAR) and the mixed acid rain (MAR) on physiological characteristics in Carya cathayensis.In experimental design,in addition to three types of acid rain,three gradients of pH value as pH 2.5 (severe acid rain stress),pH 4.0 (moderately acid rain stress),pH 5.6 (acid rain control treatment) were also designed.The growth parameters,chlorophyll content and photosynthetic reaction paameters of Carya cathayensis under three

  16. 模拟酸雨对南方红豆杉生理特性的影响%Effect of Simulated Acid Rain on Physiological Characteristics in Taxus chinensis var. Mairei

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    刘建福; 杨晨; 王明元

    2012-01-01

    The test was conducted with 2—year—old trees of Taxus chinensis var. Mairei. Leaves were sprayed with the simulated acid rain with different pH values to study the effects of the acid rain on the physiological characteristics and leaf morphology in Taxus chinensis var. Mairei. The results indicated that blade tip appeared damage spots and leaf loss occurred under the stress of acid rain. There were not significant change of the content of chlorophyll and carotenoids and malondialdehyde and soluble sugar and protein. Superoxide dismutase activity did not change significantly under the acid rain stress. Compared to the control, catalase activity significantly increased with acid rain of pH4.0 and 5.6, decreased with acid rain of pH2.5. and peroxidase activity was significantly higher than those of control in pH5.6, and lower than those of control in pH4.0 and 2.5. Therefore, it has been showed a certain resistance to acid rain stress of Taxus chinensis var. Mairei. in pH4.0 and 5.6.%研究模拟酸雨对南方红豆杉叶片形态和生理特性的影响.结果表明:酸雨胁迫下南方红豆杉叶尖出现伤害症状,叶片发生脱落,随着酸雨胁迫程度的加剧,叶片损伤程度加重;酸雨胁迫下叶绿素、类胡萝卜素、丙二醛和可溶性糖含量变化不明显;酸雨胁迫下超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)活性变化不明显;中度胁迫(pH4.0)和轻度胁迫(pH5.6)时过氧化氢酶(CAT)活性显著高于对照,而重度胁迫(pH2.5)的CAT活性显著低于对照;轻度胁迫时过氧化物酶(POD)活性显著高于对照,而中度胁迫和重度胁迫的POD活性显著低于对照.这说明南方红豆杉对pH4.0~5.6的酸雨胁迫有一定的适应性和抵抗力.

  17. Effect of Three Types of Simulated Acid Rain on Photosynthetic Characteristics of Schima superba%模拟3种类型酸雨对木荷光合生理特性的影响

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    郭凯; 江洪; 陶欣桐; 胡莉

    2013-01-01

    我国酸雨类型正在由硫酸型酸雨(Sulfuric acid rain,SAR)逐步向混合型酸雨(Mixed acid rain,MAR)、硝酸型酸雨(Nitric acid rain,NAR)转变,电此将产生各种未知环境效应.以木荷(Schima superba)为试验材料,在试验大棚内测定其在此3种光合生理特性参数.结果表明,在酸雨胁迫下木荷都受到不同程度的伤害.在同酸雨类型不同pH值处理下,3种酸雨类型均以pH 2.5处理各类光合参数数值较低,但是在pH 4.0时MAR处理的光饱和点(LSP)值最高,达到508.3 μmol/(m2·s),此时对应的表观量子效率(AQE)值最低,为0.023 CO2/photon;对照组(CK,pH 5.6)在3种类型酸雨处理中,以SAR处理数值最低.不同酸雨类型同pH值处理下,SAR和MAR处理的光响应曲线pH 4.0组均低于pH 2.5组和CK组,而NAR处理的光响应曲线pH 4.0组高于pH 2.5组和CK组;而且,3种酸雨类型处理pH 2.5组的最大光合速率(Amax)始终低于CK组.这说明植物的Amax在一定程度上随着酸雨浓度的增加而减小.%Types of acid rain in China have been in transformation from sulfuric acid rain (SAR) to mixed acid rain (MAR) and nitric acid rain (NAR). To explore the effect of acid rain on Schima superba in Zhejiang Province, photosynthetic characteristics of Schima superba were studied under SAR, NAR and MAR stress with pH 2.5,4.0 and 5.6 (CK). Results showed that simulated acid rain can inhibit photosynthesis of Schima superba in various degrees. At pH 2.5, values for photosynthetic parameters were lower among all the treatments. At pH 4.0, light saturation point peaked at 508.3μmol/m2·s, and apparent quantum efficiency dropped to a minimum of 0.023 CO2/photon accordingly. Data changes of CK, pH 5.6 in the pattern of SAR was least observable. In the pattern of SAR and MAR, the light response curve at pH 4.0 was lower than that at pH 2.5 and CK. But there was a contrary result in the pattern of NAR. Maximum photosynthetic rate at pH 2.5 had been consistently

  18. Effects of acid rain attack on uniaxial compression properties of marble%酸雨腐蚀对大理岩单轴压缩特性的影响

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    陈文玲; 谢娟; 孙韵

    2013-01-01

    Indoor simulation test was conducted to study the effects of acid rain attack on uniaxial compression properties of marble.The marble specimens were soaked in enclosed simulated acid rain solution.With the same soak time and temperature,the pH value of the acid rain solution was changed; when keep the same pH value,the temperature of acid rain solution was changed.The conductivity of acid rain at different time and the concentration of calcium ion in acid rain solution after chemical reaction were inspected to analyze the influence of pH value and temperature on the chemical reaction between the marble and the acid rain solution.In order to analyze the consequent influence on uniaxial compression strength of marble,uniaxial compression test was carried on the marble specimens after soaking.The test results show that the brittle property of failure weakens by soaking the specimen in a simulated acid rain solution.At room temperature,with the decrease of pH of soaking solution,the marble and acid rain solution react more fully and the uniaxial compressive strength of marble decreases.While the temperature is 80 ℃,the uniaxial compressive strength of marble increases with the decrease of the pH of soaking solution.It also shows that with the increase of the temperature of acid rain solution,the chemical reactions accelerate and the time to reach a stable state shortens,as a result,comparing with the condition of room temperature,the uniaxial compression strength reduces significantly in a short time.%采用室内模拟试验研究酸雨腐蚀对大理岩单轴压缩特性的影响.将大理岩岩样浸泡在封闭的模拟酸雨溶液中,在浸泡时间和温度相同的条件下,改变酸雨溶液的pH;在pH相同的条件下,改变酸雨溶液的温度.通过测定不同时间的酸雨溶液电导率、反应后浸泡溶液的钙离子浓度,分析pH和温度变化对大理岩与酸雨溶液之间化学反应的影响.将浸泡后的大理岩岩样进行单轴压

  19. 重庆市主城区酸雨的影响因素及防治措施%Influencing Factors of Acid Rain in Main Urban Districts of Chongqing and Its Prevention Measures

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    何勇; 熊增连; 陈昌鸣

    2012-01-01

    Through analysis of acid rain pollution situation and changing trend of acid rain concentration in main urban districts of Chongqing in decades, this paper holds that irrational energy structure and industrial layout is the main reason for acid rain pollution in main urban districts of Chongqing and that special meteorology and geological condition make acid rain pollution more serious in the main urban districts of Chongqing. Prevention measures for acid rain based on the real situation of the main urban districts of Chongqing are put forward, which shows that the only way for sustainable development in the main urban districts of Chongqing is the harmonious development between economy and environment.%通过分析重庆市主城区历年来的酸雨污染状况及酸雨浓度的变化趋势,认为不合理的能源结构和产业布局是造成重庆市主城区酸雨污染的主要原因,而特殊的气象和地形条件使主城区的酸雨污染程度进一步加重;并结合主城区的实际情况提出了酸雨的治理措施,表明走经济与环境协调发展是重庆市主城区实现可持续发展的唯一途径。

  20. 1992~2012年福州市和厦门市酸雨变化特征及影响因素%Characteristics and the Impact Factors of Acid Rain in Fuzhou and Xiamen 1992-2012

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    郑秋萍; 王宏; 陈彬彬; 隋平; 林文

    2014-01-01

    利用1992~2012年福州市和厦门市的酸雨观测资料、天气形势和大气污染物浓度资料,分析酸雨变化特征及酸雨可能的影响因素.结果表明,福州市非酸雨和酸雨频率分别为38.1%和61.9%,厦门市分别为40.6%和59.4%;福州市年均降水pH值在4.1~5.5之间,2007年之后酸雨污染减轻,厦门市2006年之后酸雨污染减轻;冬、春季节酸雨污染重,夏、秋季节酸雨污染轻.降水强度能改变降水的酸性程度;福州市在东南( SE)、西南( SW)、西( W)、西北( NW)风向下酸雨污染较严重,厦门市在东北( NE)、SW、W、NW风向下酸雨污染较重;变性冷高压下酸雨污染最重,台风(热带辐合带)及其外围的天气形势下酸雨污染最轻;福州市大气污染物SO2、NO2、PM10浓度与降水pH值呈负相关关系.%Based on the observed acid rain data, synoptic situations and mass concentrations of atmospheric pollutants data from 1992 to 2012, the temporal variation characteristics and the impact factors of acid rain were analyzed in Fuzhou and Xiamen. The results showed that acid rain and non-acid rain accounted for 38. 1% and 61. 9% respectively in Fuzhou, 40. 6% and 59. 4% respectively in Xiamen. The annual average pH was 4. 1-5. 5 in Fuzhou. Acid rain pollution alleviated after 2007 in Fuzhou, and alleviated after 2006 in Xiamen. Acid rain was more serious in winter and spring than in summer and autumn. Precipitation intensity could affect the acidity of rain. Acid rain was observed more serious in southeast, southwest, west and northwest wind in Fuzhou, and more serious in northeast, southwest, west and northwest wind in Xiamen. Acid rain was most severe under the condition of transformed surface cold high, while most light under the conditions of typhoon ( intertropical convergence zone ) and outside of typhoon ( intertropical convergence zone) . There was a negative correlation between the mass concentrations of atmospheric pollutants

  1. 佛山市降水成分及酸雨污染状况分析%Analysis of Components of Precipitation and Pollution Status of Acid Rain in Foshan City

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    姚镇; 梁丽红

    2012-01-01

    以“十一五”期间佛山市降水样品监测资料为基础,对佛山市大气降水的离子组成和酸雨污染状况进行了分析,结果表明:佛山市降水pH值较低,酸雨污染较为严重,降水中的主要阳离子是Ca2+和NH4+,主要阴离子为SO4^2-和NO3-,酸雨类型已从单一的硫酸型逐渐转变为硫酸和硝酸混合型。%The ion composition of atmospheric precipitation and the acid rain pollution status of Foshan are studied in this paper on the basis of monitoring data measured during the Eleventh Five Year Plan period. The results show that the pH value of precipitation is low, and the acid rain pollution status is serious; the major cations in precipitation are Ca2+ and NH4+ and the major anions are SO4^2- and NO3^2- ;the acid rain type has been gradually transformed from a single sulfate acid type into the mixed type of sulfuric acid and nitric acid.

  2. Precipitation Chemistry and Occurrence of Acid Rain over the Oil-Producing Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

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    John Kanayo Chukwu Nduka

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the nitrate, sulfate, total dissolved solid (TDS, electrical conductivity, total hardness (TH, and bicarbonates of rainwater samples collected from Warri and Port Harcourt between April–June, July–August, and September–October of 2005 and 2006 to depict onset of rainy season, mid-rainy season, and end of rainy season for the two major crude oil–producing cities of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria (although Port Harcourt is also noted for non-oil manufacturing industries. The same was done in Awka, a non-oil producing city in the hinterland of southeastern Nigeria. In each of the cities, rain samples were collected from three points in a triangular equilibrium using a clean plastic basin fastened to a table 2 m above ground level and 115 m away from tall buildings and trees. The parameters were determined after filtering, using their respective standard methods. Averages of 1.50, 1.81, 1.13 and 2.14, 1.50, 1.86 mg/l of nitrate for April–June, July–August, and September–October were recorded for Warri in 2005 and 2006, respectively. While 15.21, 3.23, 22.31 and 20.89, 9.96, and 14.27 mg/l were recorded in Port Harcourt. Sulfate levels for Warri and Port Harcourt for the same periods are follows: 1.38, 1.88, 1.06, 1.50, 1.43, 1.50 and 2.64, 1.15, 5.88, 4.73, 1.90, 1.55 mg/l, respectively. Nitrate levels were higher than sulfate. Other parameters include TDS (5.44, 4.79, 3.30 and 7.63, 3.69, 2.56 mg/l for Warri in 2005 and 2006; 12.57, 2.07, 25.214 and 28.87, 6.73, 7.80 mg/l for Port Harcourt for the same periods. Other parameters also varied in that order for the 2 years in same cities. Crude oil exploration and gas flaring in the Niger Delta, and multiplicity of cottage industries in Awka, impacted on the inorganic ion pollution of the rainwater. This may have public health implications in the region.

  3. 酸雨对低碳钢腐蚀行为的影响%Effect of Acid Rain on Corrosion Behavior of Mild Steel

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    林翠; 陈三娟; 何文; 赵立才

    2011-01-01

    Corrosion behavior of mild steel in the simulated acid rain environment was investigated by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) , and electrochemical methods. It is found that corrosion of carbon steel in acid rain environment is a coexistent process of localized corrosion and uniform corrosion. SO42- and Cl- ions can accelerate the formation and growth of pits on the surface of mild steel, which preferentially appeared on the ferrite phase. The corrosion products were mainly composed of γ-FeOOH, Fe3O4, a little α-FeOOH. From the microscopic point of view, needle-like and cotton-ball type corrosion products existed. The mass loss curve is divided into two stages which both followed the linear growth law. During the first 72 h, the mass loss rapidly increased, and from 72h to 1104h, the corrosion rate was relatively slow. Electrochemical measurement showed that there were the more negative corrosion potential Ecorr, and the larger corrosion current density Icorr with the extension of time, indicating the increasing corrosion tendency.%利用金相显微镜(OM)、扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)等分析手段及电化学方法研究了低碳钢在模拟酸雨环境中的腐蚀行为.研究结果表明:碳钢在酸雨环境中腐蚀是一个局部腐蚀和均匀腐蚀并存的过程,溶液中的SO24-和Cl-离子的存在加速了碳钢表面腐蚀坑的形成和生长,腐蚀坑优先出现在铁素体上.腐蚀产物主要有Υ-FeOOH,Fe3O4和少量α-FeOOH,主要以针状或棉絮状形式出现.碳钢在模拟酸雨环境中腐蚀1104h,腐蚀失重曲线分为两个阶段,都符合线性增长规律,腐蚀72h,腐蚀失重较快,腐蚀72~1104h期间,腐蚀增重速率相对减慢.电化学测试表明:随着腐蚀的进行,自腐蚀电位Ecorr负移,腐蚀电流密度Icorr增加,腐蚀倾向增加.

  4. The Disaster Risk Assessment of Acid Rain in Jiangsu Province Based on Information Diffusion Theory%基于信息扩散理论的江苏省酸雨风险评估

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    王伟丽; 吴洪颜; 贺金芳; 朱双

    2015-01-01

    Data of acid rain from 24 stations during 2008-201 3 are used to analyze the trends of acid rain in Jiangsu Province.It is shown that the intensity and frequency of acid rain are decreasing within the recent 6 years and the frequency is highest in autumn and winter and lowest in summer.The acid rain risk of the province is eval-uated based on information diffusion theory.The results indicate that:the distribution characteristics between the pH value of precipitation and the frequency of acid rain is consistent in different level of risk and it increases gradu-ally from Northwest to Southeast.The pH value of annual precipitation is between 3.8 and 4.5 with about 80%probability and it presents weak acidity.There is more than 90% probability that the acid rain is with 40% risk level in South of Huaihe River.%利用江苏省2008-2013年24个站的酸雨监测资料,分析出2008-2013年江苏省酸雨的强度和发生频率都有下降趋势,秋冬季酸雨发生频率高,夏季最低。基于信息扩散理论对全省酸雨进行风险评估,结果发现:年降水pH值和酸雨发生频率在不同风险水平分布特征较为一致,呈西北-东南逐渐增强趋势;年降水pH值80%的可能介于4.5~5.6之间,呈弱酸性;淮河以南地区酸雨发生频率的风险为40%的概率超过90%。

  5. Effect of simulated acid rain stress on germination of four turf grass seeds%模拟酸雨胁迫对4种草坪草种子萌发的影响

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    田如男; 张培东; 程澄

    2011-01-01

    以中性溶液(pH =7.0)为对照,研究了模拟酸雨(pH为2.0、2.5、3.0、3.5、4.0、5.0)胁迫对黑麦草(Lolium perenne)、高羊茅(Festuca arundinacea)、匍匐剪股颖(Agrostis palustris)和狗牙根(Cynodon dactylon)4种多年生草坪草种子萌发的影响.结果表明:酸雨胁迫对4种草坪草种子萌发的影响不同,pH =2.0的酸雨完全抑制了4种草坪草种子的萌发,表现为发芽率、发芽势、活力指数均为零.黑麦草、高羊茅种子能在pH:≥2.5的酸雨胁迫下正常萌发,匍匐剪股颖种子能在pH≥3.0的酸雨胁迫下正常萌发,狗牙根种子在不同程度酸雨胁迫下均萌发不良.此外,酸雨胁迫还延缓了4种草坪草种子的萌发进程.应用主成分分析和隶属函数分析法对4种草坪草种子抗酸雨胁迫能力进行综合评定,得出4种草坪草种子抗酸雨胁迫能力由强到弱的顺序依次为高羊茅、黑麦草、匍匐剪股颖、狗牙根.%The seeds of Lolium perenne, Festuca arundinacea, Agrostis palustris and Cynodon dactylon were treated with simulated acid rain at pH 2.0,2.5,3.0,3.5,4. 0,5.0 and 7. 0(as control) to study the effects of acid rain on their germination. The results showed that the seeds germination of four turf grass under acid rain stress were affected at different levels. Acid rain intensity pH 2.0 completely inhibited the seed germination of turf grass, showing no germination was observed and germination energy and vigor index was 0.0. The seeds of L. Perenne and F. Arundinacea could germinate normally under acid rain stress (pH^2. 5) ,and the seeds of A. Paluslris could germinate normally under acid rain stress (pH^3.0).The seeds of C. Dactylon germinated poorly under acid rain stress. In addition, the process of germination became slow under acid rain stress. The comprehensive evaluation results derived from principal components analysis and subordinate function analysis showed the order (from strong to weak) of anti-acid rain ability

  6. Rain project. Annual report for 1984

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    Wright, R.

    1985-01-01

    Project Rain is a 5-year international research project aimwed at investigation the effects on water chemistry of changing acid deposition to whole catchments. The project comprices 2 paralell largescale experimental manipulations - artificial acidification at Sogndal and exclution of acid rain at Risdalsheia. The project began in June 1983. The first year was devoted to selection of sites, collection of background data on precipitation, runoff and soils, and design and construction of roofs,...

  7. Acid rain and resulting chemical composition of soils; Der saure Regen und die daraus resultierende chemische Zusammensetzung der Bodenloesungen

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    Ugolini, F.C. [Dipt. di Scienza del Suolo e Nutrizione della Pianta, Univ. Florenz (Italy); Cecchini, G. [Dipt. di Scienza del Suolo e Nutrizione della Pianta, Univ. Florenz (Italy); Buffoni, A. [ENEL - CRTN, Mailand (Italy); Sanesi, G. [Dipt. di Scienza del Suolo e Nutrizione della Pianta, Univ. Florenz (Italy)

    1993-11-01

    The input of free acids in the central and northern Appenine mountains is low and gets almost fully neutralised on its path through the vegetation. Nitrogen penetrating the ecosystem is largely accumulated. Soil solutions show low acidities and low aluminium contents. Formation of chelates of organic pollutant and stratification of vermiculite account for Al-immobilisation. At Monte Mottarone too, acid input which is considerably higher but neutralised during transition through the vegetation. A greater part of the ammonia is accumulated in the soil, a considerable output of nitrate takes place. This leads to strong acidification and mobilises large amounts of aluminium. (orig./EW). [Deutsch] Im zentralen und noerdlichen Appenin ist der Input an freien Saeuren gering und wird auch fast zur Gaenze beim Durchgang durch die Vegetation neutralisiert. Der ins Oekosystem gelangende Stickstoff wird zum Grossteil angereichert. Die Bodenloesung ist gering sauer und enthaelt wenig Aluminium. Die Chelatbildung der organischen Substanz und die Vermikulitschichtung sind die beiden fuer die Al-Immobilisierung ausschlaggebenden Prozesse. Auch am Monte Mottarone wird der Saeure-Input, der dort allerdings um einiges hoeher ist, zum Grossteil beim Durchgang durch den Bewuchs neutralisiert. Im Boden wird ein grosser Teil des Ammoniums angereichert, waehrend ein beachtlicher Nitrat-Austrag stattfindet. Dies fuehrt zu einer starken Versauerung und dementsprechend auch zur Mobilisierung grosser Aluminiummengen. (orig.)

  8. Rain Gauges Handbook

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    Bartholomew, M. J. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)

    2016-01-01

    To improve the quantitative description of precipitation processes in climate models, the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility deployed rain gauges located near disdrometers (DISD and VDIS data streams). This handbook deals specifically with the rain gauges that make the observations for the RAIN data stream. Other precipitation observations are made by the surface meteorology instrument suite (i.e., MET data stream).

  9. Characterization and evaluation of acid rain in East Central Florida from 1978 to 1987: Ten year summary report

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    Madsen, Brooks C.; Dreschel, Thomas W.; Hinkle, C. Ross

    1989-01-01

    Rainfall was collected on the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus near Orlando since July 1977 and at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida since August 1977. Since November 1983, the KSC site has been affiliated with the National Atmospheric Deposition Network. Annual volume weighted pH was slightly above the 10 year mean of 4.58 during four of the past five years. Nitrate concentrations have risen somewhat during recent years while excess sulfate concentrations have remained below the 10 year mean during four of the past years. These observations hold for both the UCF and KSC data. The distribution of individual sample pH was nearly identical at UCF and KSC. Stepwise regression suggests that sulfate, nitrate, ammonium ion, and calcium play major roles in the description of rainwater acidity. Annual acid deposition and annual rainfall have varied from 30 to 50 meq/m2-yr and 100 to 180 cm/yr, respectively. Sea salt comprises about 25 percent (UCF) and greater than 50 percent (KSC) of total ionic composition.

  10. Responses of antioxidant enzyme and photosynthesis in rape seedling to the combined stresses of acid rain and ultraviolet-B radiation

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    LIANG Chan-juan; HUANG Xiao-hua; TAO Wen-yi; ZHOU Qing

    2005-01-01

    Effects of the simulated acid rain(AR) and ultraviolet-B(UV-B, 280-320 nm) radiation with a single or two ways simultaneously (AR + UV-B) on the antioxidant enzyme and photosynthesis of the rape seedlings were investigated by the hydroponic culture. The results of static experiment indicated that the tolerance of rape seedling to single stress(AR or UV-B) is stronger than that to dual stresses(AR +UV-B). Furthermore, the dual stresses had additive effect on catalase activity, and a synergistic effect on MDA content, net photosynthesis rate, water use efficiency as well as intercellular CO2 concentration. Meanwhile, it has an independent effect on chlorophyll content, stomatal conductance, and transpiration rate as well as membrane permeability. During 64 h restoration course, the dynamic change in the curves of physiological and biochemical indices were not identical, and none of them show a simple linear variation.According to the static and dynamic experiments, it was found that a responsive sequence of catalase activity, membrane permeability,M DA content and photosynthetic characteristics to the above-mentioned stresses was as follows: AR + UV-B > UV-B > AR.

  11. Research on Acid Rain Erosion Resistance of Fly Ash Concrete%粉煤灰混凝土抗酸雨侵蚀的研究

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    陈树东; 费治华

    2011-01-01

    不同粉煤灰掺量(0,20%,40%,60%)高性能混凝土经不同pH值(1、2、4)硫酸溶液浸泡后,研究其相对动弹性模量和质量损失规律.试验表明,随着溶液酸性的增加,混凝土破坏严重;粉煤灰掺量为20%~60%时,混凝土抗酸性能有所增加;高掺量粉煤灰混凝土在酸性环境中浸泡,当粉煤灰掺量为60%时,混凝土以相对动弹性模量损失形式遭到破坏,粉煤灰掺量为0~40%时都是以质量损失形式遭到破坏.粉煤灰混凝土的抗酸性研究对混凝土结构耐久性和寿命预测具有现实意义.%The relative dynamic modulus of elasticity and mass loss of high performance concrete with different fly ash proportion(0% ,20%,40% ,60% )after being soaked in sulfuric acid solution of different pH value( 1, 2, 4) are studied. Experiment results show that the concrete is seriously damaged with the higher strong of acidic solution. The performance of acid resistant increased when the concrete add 20% -60% fly ash.The destructional form of high value fly ash concrete dip in acid solution is relative dynamic modulus of elasticity loss when the concrete add 60% fly ash, and the destructional form is mass loss when the concrete add 0.40% fly ash. The research of the acid rain erosion resistance of concrete has redity meaning for the structure durability and life prediction of concrete.

  12. Using Enviro-Pod low altitude imagery to inventory building surface materials for an acid rain study - A Baltimore example

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    Ellefsen, Richard; Coffland, Bruce

    1987-01-01

    Low altitude, oblique and vertical color photography taken from EPA's Enviro-Pod Ka 85 camera system has provided the data for taking an inventory of building surface materials in a test area of downtown Baltimore. Photography was acquired from a gridded flight plan to provide views of all sides of buildings. Color, texture, and linear detail are employed in the photo interpretation aided by contextual reference to a classification of building construction type developed in an earlier study. The work could potentially support a materials inventory initiated by the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP) by scientists from EPA, Geological Survey, and the Department of Energy. Initial results show the method to be viable. Discrete surface materials such as brick, both bare and painted, stone, and metal are identified.

  13. On Feature Analysis and Control Strategies of Acid Rain Pollution in Bengbu Downtown%蚌埠市区酸雨污染特征分析及控制对策

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    刘翀

    2013-01-01

    利用2008年至2012年蚌埠市区降水监测数据,综合分析蚌埠市区酸雨污染时空、季节、化学组分的变化特征、变化趋势及其成因,致酸前体物、气象因素等与酸雨污染的关系,同时针对蚌埠市区酸雨污染提出几点治理措施和建议。%On the basis of monitoring data of precipitation between 2008 and 2012 in Bengbu downtown , the paper makes a synthesis of acid rain here involving the following aspects: pollution space and time , pollution season , the variation characteristics of chemical compositions , variation tendency and cause , and the relations between acid rain pollution and acidic precursor as well as meteorological factor, furthermore, in view of acid rain pollution in Bengbu downtown , the paper puts forwards several countermeasures and proposals .

  14. Fast-growing Acer rubrum differs from slow-growing Quercus alba in leaf, xylem and hydraulic trait coordination responses to simulated acid rain.

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    Medeiros, Juliana S; Tomeo, Nicholas J; Hewins, Charlotte R; Rosenthal, David M

    2016-08-01

    We investigated the effects of historic soil chemistry changes associated with acid rain, i.e., reduced soil pH and a shift from nitrogen (N)- to phosphorus (P)-limitation, on the coordination of leaf water demand and xylem hydraulic supply traits in two co-occurring temperate tree species differing in growth rate. Using a full-factorial design (N × P × pH), we measured leaf nutrient content, water relations, leaf-level and canopy-level gas exchange, total biomass and allocation, as well as stem xylem anatomy and hydraulic function for greenhouse-grown saplings of fast-growing Acer rubrum (L.) and slow-growing Quercus alba (L.). We used principle component analysis to characterize trait coordination. We found that N-limitation, but not P-limitation, had a significant impact on plant water relations and hydraulic coordination of both species. Fast-growing A. rubrum made hydraulic adjustments in response to N-limitation, but trait coordination was variable within treatments and did not fully compensate for changing allocation across N-availability. For slow-growing Q. alba, N-limitation engendered more strict coordination of leaf and xylem traits, resulting in similar leaf water content and hydraulic function across all treatments. Finally, low pH reduced the propensity of both species to adjust leaf water relations and xylem anatomical traits in response to nutrient manipulations. Our data suggest that a shift from N- to P-limitation has had a negative impact on the water relations and hydraulic function of A. rubrum to a greater extent than for Q. alba We suggest that current expansion of A. rubrum populations could be tempered by acidic N-deposition, which may restrict it to more mesic microsites. The disruption of hydraulic acclimation and coordination at low pH is emphasized as an interesting area of future study. PMID:27231270

  15. Fast-growing Acer rubrum differs from slow-growing Quercus alba in leaf, xylem and hydraulic trait coordination responses to simulated acid rain.

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    Medeiros, Juliana S; Tomeo, Nicholas J; Hewins, Charlotte R; Rosenthal, David M

    2016-08-01

    We investigated the effects of historic soil chemistry changes associated with acid rain, i.e., reduced soil pH and a shift from nitrogen (N)- to phosphorus (P)-limitation, on the coordination of leaf water demand and xylem hydraulic supply traits in two co-occurring temperate tree species differing in growth rate. Using a full-factorial design (N × P × pH), we measured leaf nutrient content, water relations, leaf-level and canopy-level gas exchange, total biomass and allocation, as well as stem xylem anatomy and hydraulic function for greenhouse-grown saplings of fast-growing Acer rubrum (L.) and slow-growing Quercus alba (L.). We used principle component analysis to characterize trait coordination. We found that N-limitation, but not P-limitation, had a significant impact on plant water relations and hydraulic coordination of both species. Fast-growing A. rubrum made hydraulic adjustments in response to N-limitation, but trait coordination was variable within treatments and did not fully compensate for changing allocation across N-availability. For slow-growing Q. alba, N-limitation engendered more strict coordination of leaf and xylem traits, resulting in similar leaf water content and hydraulic function across all treatments. Finally, low pH reduced the propensity of both species to adjust leaf water relations and xylem anatomical traits in response to nutrient manipulations. Our data suggest that a shift from N- to P-limitation has had a negative impact on the water relations and hydraulic function of A. rubrum to a greater extent than for Q. alba We suggest that current expansion of A. rubrum populations could be tempered by acidic N-deposition, which may restrict it to more mesic microsites. The disruption of hydraulic acclimation and coordination at low pH is emphasized as an interesting area of future study.

  16. 影响精确界定我国酸雨区空间分布的因素探讨%Study on the influence factors of accurate definition of the spatial distribution of acid rain area in China

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    胡炳清; 易鹏; 段宁; 赵德刚; 赵金民; 程轲

    2015-01-01

    利用酸雨监测网的实测数据对影响精确界定我国酸雨区空间分布的因素进行了深入分析,结果表明:首要影响因素是酸雨监测网的站点数量及其空间分布,可导致在同一插值与地统计方法下所获得的酸雨区的分布存在较大差异;其次是选择正确、合适的空间插值方法及其相应参数的设置,反距离加权(IDW)插值法的重酸雨区分布比克里格(Kriging)插值法多而广;最后是精确的面积比测算方法,网格法计算的酸雨区面积比小于等值面法。建议我国酸雨监测网建设应优先在西藏、内蒙古北部及西部等地区布点,进行酸雨区空间分析时应采用多种插值方法进行比较与分析评估,确保在现有酸雨监测网的基础上获得精确、可靠的酸雨区空间分布。%The influential factors of accurate definition of the spatial distribution of acid rain area was analyzed based on the monitoring data of Acid Rain Monitoring Network in China. The results showed that the number and spatial distribution of the sites of Acid Rain Monitoring Network were the primary influence factor, which can cause a great difference to the acid rain distribution by using the same interpolation and geostatistical analysis methodologies. The secondary factor was the selection of a proper spatial interpolation method and corresponding parameter settings. As the result, the distribution size of heavy acid rain area that obtained by using the IDW interpolation was larger and wider than that used the Kriging method. Moreover, a precise calculation method for area ratio was another key factor. The ratio of heavy acid rain area got based on the grid method was smaller than that obtained from the isosurface method. The research suggests that some areas should be given a priority consideration for the establishing of Acid Rain Monitoring Network such as Xizang, north and west of Inner Mongolia. In addition, multiple

  17. 模拟酸雨对杜仲叶膜脂过氧化及氮代谢的影响%Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Lipid Peroxidation of Memb rane And Nitrogen Metabolism of Eucommia Ulmoides Leaves

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    齐泽民; 钟章成; 邓君; 刘素君

    2001-01-01

    研究了模拟酸雨对杜仲叶膜脂过氧化及氮代谢 的影响.结果表明:杜仲叶超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)、过氧化物酶(POD) 和过氧化氢酶(CAT)活性在春夏两季均随酸雨pH值的降低而先升后降;随酸雨降雨量增大和 胁迫时间的延长,3种保护酶受抑情况夏季较春季严重,膜脂过氧化产物丙二醛(MDA)含量 与酸雨pH值呈显著负相关;春夏两季氮代谢关键酶硝酸还原酶(NR)和谷酰胺合成酶(GS) 活性在一定pH值酸雨胁迫下随酸雨pH值降低而降低,夏季2种酶活性下降率比春季高;可溶 性蛋白质和总氮含量春夏两季也随酸雨pH值降低而降低(夏季可溶性蛋白质含量与pH值呈正 相关).由此可见,酸雨对杜仲叶膜脂过氧化及氮代谢产生了显著影响.%The effects of simulated acid rain on lipid peroxidation of membrane and N-metabolism of Eucommia ulmoides leaves were stu died in spring and summer. It was showed that the activities of three kinds of p rotecting enzymes(SOD, CAT, POD)increased and then decreased with declined pH values of acid rain in spring and summer ,and the acid rain restrained the acti vities of these enzymes in summer more seriously than that in spring and the con tents of MDA ware negatively correlated with the pH values of acid rain. It was also found that under a certain pH value of acid rain stress the activities of N R and GS decreased in spring and summer with declined pH values of acid rain and the decreasing rates in summer ware higher than those in spring. At the same ti me, in spring and summer the contents of soluble protein and total nitrogen decr eased with declined pH values of acid rain(the contents of soluble protein in su mmer ware positively correlated with it). These results indicated that the simul ated acid rain had significant effects on lipid peroxidation of membrane and N- metabolism of Eucommia ulmoides leaves.

  18. Effect of acid rain on mercury leaching from forest yellow soil in Jinyun Mountain%酸雨对缙云山林地黄壤汞溶出的影响

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    李静; 魏世强; 杨学春

    2004-01-01

    Forest yellow soil and arable yellow soil in Jinyun Mountain were collected to study the effect of simulated acid rain(adjusted to pH 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0) on the Hg leaching from soils by the methods of static extraction and dynamic leaching. The results showed that in forest yellow soils, surface accumulation of Hg occurred, and the accumulated Hg was easier to be leached out than that in arable yellow soil by acid rain. The amount of leached Hg was the largest at pH 4.0. To abate the risk of Hg pollution in water bodies by the Hg leaching from this forest soil, the Mountain should be closed, and timber-felling should be forbidden.

  19. Chemical Characteristics Analysis on Acid Rain in Baoshan District%上海宝山区酸雨特征分析

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    马剑丽

    2012-01-01

    分析了连续七年(2004年-2010年)上海宝山区的降水的化学特征。从酸雨发生频率来看,2004年-2007年酸雨频率为:78.6%、75.9%、89.5%和94.6%,呈逐年加重的趋势,表明降水的酸性及酸化频率非常高,雨水酸化已非常严重。但从2008开始酸雨状况开始改善,酸雨频率开始降低,分别为:78.6%、41.1%和23.6%,同时其pH值开始高于全市平均水平;对降水中的各种阴阳离子进行数理统计分析:SO24-对降水的酸化起主要作用,但其作用在逐步减小,而NO3-和Cl-的作用呈上升的趋势;c(Cl-)/c(Na+)总体呈下降趋势,说明化工、有色金属冶金等工业生产废气中Cl2和HCl等污染物作用减少;因子分析反映了降水的来源成因机制,其结果与相关性分析一致。%Chemical components characteristics of precipitation in seven consecutive years(2004-2010) in Baoshan district are investigated.The frequency of acid rain from 2004 to 2007 is 78.6%,75.9%,89.5% and 94.6%,respectively.The yearly increasing trend indicates that the precipitation acidity is very serious.However,the situation began to improve form 2008 and acid rain frequency began to decrease from 2008 to 2010 with frequency of 78.6%,41.1% and 23.6%,respectively.The pH value is higher than the average value of the whole city.Volume-weighted mean concentrations of various ions in precipitation are statistical analyzed.The contribution of SO2-4 to rainwater chemical components reduced gradually,while that of NO-3 and Cl-is increased.C(Cl-)/C(Na+)is in an overall downward trend,indicating that the pollutants such as Cl2 and HCl play lesser role in chemical industry,nonferrous metals metallurgy and other industrial emissions.Factor analysis reflects that the formation mechanism of the precipitation,the result of which is consistent with correlation analysis.

  20. 模拟酸雨对亚热带阔叶树苗土壤呼吸的影响%SHORT-TERM EFFECTS OF ACID RAIN ON SOIL RESPIRATION IN BROADLEAF TREE SAPLING-SOIL SYSTEMS IN SUBTROPICAL CHINA

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    刘源月; 江洪; 李雅红; 原焕英

    2011-01-01

    To explore short-term effects of acid rain on soil respiration in three zonal evergreen broadleaf tree sapling-soil systems, i.e. Paramecia latungensis ( PL), Cyclobalanopsis glauca (CG) and Elaeocarpus glabripetalus (EG), typical of Zhejiang Province, where acid rain pollution has been severe for a long time, showers of acid rain different in pH (2.5, 4. 0 and 5.6 separately) were simulated. Soil carbon effluxes (E) of the three sapling stands were monitored in various growing seasons. ( 1 ) When the stands were stressed by severe acid rain ( pH 2.5 ), E decreased significantly in all seasons in the PL stand; dropped in winter but rose in spring and summer in the CG stand compared to the control, and varied sharply only in winter in the EG stand. the effect of acid rain moderate in pH (4.0) was significant in the PL stand where E was lower than the control in all the two years except for in August 2007, when E was 25.3% higher than the control; in the CG stand, E dropped well below the control in December 2006 and rose up to 1.96 μmol m-2 s -1 in August 2007; and in the EG stand, E decreased by 18.0% only in November 2007. (2) the effect of acid rain on E was not significant in the PL and EG stands at the growing period-time scale. Although in the CG stand, E increased by 87.8% and 11.1% respectively, by exposure to severe acid rain and moderate acid rain, only the effect of severe acid rain was significant. (3) The leading factors affecting soil respiration were soil temperature and acid rain in the PL and CG stands; soil temperature in the EG stand; and acid rain in the CG stand, where a negative relationship of E with pH of acid rain was observed.%通过利用pH 2.5、4.0和5.6的模拟酸雨喷淋乐东拟单性木兰(Paramecia latungensis)、青冈(Cyclobalanopsis glauca)和秃瓣杜英(Elaeocarpus glabripetalus)3种浙江典型地带性阔叶植物幼苗-土壤系统(编号分别为PL、CG和EG),研究了模拟酸雨短期胁迫对土

  1. A Three-Tier Diagnostic Test to Assess Pre-Service Teachers' Misconceptions about Global Warming, Greenhouse Effect, Ozone Layer Depletion, and Acid Rain

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    Ozge Arslan, Harika; Cigdemoglu, Ceyhan; Moseley, Christine

    2012-07-01

    This study describes the development and validation of a three-tier multiple-choice diagnostic test, the atmosphere-related environmental problems diagnostic test (AREPDiT), to reveal common misconceptions of global warming (GW), greenhouse effect (GE), ozone layer depletion (OLD), and acid rain (AR). The development of a two-tier diagnostic test procedure as described by Treagust constitutes the framework for this study. To differentiate a lack of knowledge from a misconception, a certainty response index is added as a third tier to each item. Based on propositional knowledge statements, related literature, and the identified misconceptions gathered initially from 157 pre-service teachers, the AREPDiT was constructed and administered to 256 pre-service teachers. The Cronbach alpha reliability coefficient of the pre-service teachers' scores was estimated to be 0.74. Content and face validations were established by senior experts. A moderate positive correlation between the participants' both-tiers scores and their certainty scores indicated evidence for construct validity. Therefore, the AREPDiT is a reliable and valid instrument not only to identify pre-service teachers' misconceptions about GW, GE, OLD, and AR but also to differentiate these misconceptions from lack of knowledge. The results also reveal that a majority of the respondents demonstrated limited understandings about atmosphere-related environmental problems and held six common misconceptions. Future studies could test the AREPDiT as a tool for assessing the misconceptions held by pre-service teachers from different programs as well as in-service teachers and high school students.

  2. ACTS Rain Fade Compensation

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    Coney, Thom A.

    1996-01-01

    Performance status of the Adaptive Rain Fade Compensation includes: (1) The rain fade protocol is functional detecting fades, providing an additional 10 dB of margin and seamless transitions to and from coded operation; (2) The stabilization of the link margins and the optimization of rain fade decision thresholds has resulted in improved BER performance; (3) Characterization of the fade compensation algorithm is ongoing.

  3. Effect of the Simulated Acid Rain on Seed Germination and Seedling Physiological Characteristics of Cucumber%模拟酸雨对黄瓜种子萌发及幼苗生理特性的影响

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    王辉; 齐泽民; 肖小君; 黄作喜

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The reference for the corrective assessment of the loss of large-scale cucumber production caused by acid rain was provided through the measurement of its tolerance to acid rain. [ Method ] The effect of six different simulated acid rains with the pH values of 6.5,5.0, 4.0,3.5,3.0 and 2.5 on the seed germination and the seedling physiological characteristics of the cucumber variety-Jinyou 1 as experimental material was studied. [Result] The stress of the acid rain with pH ≤ 3.5 obviously inhibited the seed germination rate, germination energy, germination index and vigor index. While the pH value was 2.5 ,the seeds did not sprout. The inhibition index of the acid rain to root( stem) was intensified with the reduction of the pH value and under the condition of same pH value,its inhibition to main root was stronger than that to stem. The acid rain with the pH =5.0 was with the promotion to the formation of lateral root. As the pH value-decreasing,the activity root system and POD was firstly increased and then decreased,while the relative conductivity and the content of MDA had been increased. [ Conclusion] The threshold of the acid rain affecting the seed germination and seedling physiological activity of the cucumber was in the pH value of about 3.5.%[目的]衡量黄瓜对酸雨的耐受能力,同时也为正确评估酸雨给黄瓜规模化生产造成的损失提供参考.[方法]以津优1号黄瓜为试验材料,研究6个不同pH(6.5、5.0、4.0、3.5、3.0、2.5)的模拟酸雨对黄瓜种子萌发和幼苗生理特性的影响.[结果]pH≤3.5的酸雨胁迫对黄瓜种子的发芽率、发芽势、发芽指数和活力指教均表现明显抑制作用,pH 2.5时,种子不萌芽;根(茎)抑制指数随pH降低而升高,同一pH下对主根的抑制强于茎,pH 5.0的弱酸对侧根的形成有促进作用;随着pH逐渐下降,根系活力和POD活性呈先升高后降低的趋势,而相对电导率和MDA含量一直上升.[结论]酸雨对

  4. Rain Forest Murals

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    Kleiner, Cheryl

    2010-01-01

    The rain forest murals in the author's school began as a request from her principal to have students decorate the cafeteria with their own paintings. She decided to brainstorm ideas with her eighth-grade students. Taking into consideration the architectural space and the environmental concerns they wanted to convey, students chose the rain forest…

  5. 模拟酸雨对水稻根系激素含量与生长的影响%Effects of simulated acid rain on hormone concentration and growth of rice roots

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    吴玺; 梁婵娟

    2016-01-01

    为进一步清晰酸雨抑制植物生长的内在机制,采用水培法研究酸雨(pH 5.0—2.5)对水稻根系激素含量(生长素IAA、赤霉素GA、玉米素ZT、脱落酸ABA)、根系活力与质膜H+?ATPase活性及根系生长的影响.结果表明,与对照(CK)相比,经酸雨胁迫5 d后,pH 5.0组水稻幼苗根长及鲜重下降,但激素含量IAA和ABA、根系活力、H+?ATPase活性、根表面积和体积均显著上升,表明pH 5.0酸雨下水稻幼苗通过提高IAA、ABA含量,根系活力以及激活H+?ATPase活性调控水稻对营养的吸收,使根长及鲜重较其他酸雨处理组受抑较弱.pH 4.5、pH 3.5和pH 2.5酸雨组水稻幼苗IAA/ABA、GA/ABA、ZT/ABA、根系活力以及根系生长指标显著下降,表明pH 4.5、pH 3.5和pH 2.5酸雨降低激素含量影响根系细胞分裂和伸长,抑制根系活力导致水稻根系各生长指标受抑.将胁迫后幼苗移至对照条件下恢复5 d后,pH 5.0酸雨组根系活力和生长指标均恢复至CK,IAA/ABA、GA/ABA和ZT/ABA和质膜H+?ATPase活性有所上升;而pH 4.5—2.5酸雨组各指标变幅减小且优于胁迫期,表明水稻幼苗通过提高生长促进型激素(IAA、GA、ZT)含量、根系活力以及质膜H+?ATPase活性减轻酸雨对根系生长的制约,根系生长指标均有一定程度的恢复,且恢复程度受酸雨强度制约.%To clarify further the internal mechanism on damage caused by acid rain to plants, we studied effects of acid rain (pH 5.0—pH 2.5) on hormone concentrations (auxin IAA, gibberellin GA, zeatin ZT and abscisic acid ABA), root activity, plasma membrane H+?ATPase activity and growth in rice roots by hydroponic culture. Results show that root length and fresh weight in rice seedlings treated with acid rain at pH 5. 0 were lower than those of the control, whereas concentrations of IAA and ABA, root activity, H+?ATPase activity, root surface area and volume were higher. They indicate that the decrease of root length and fresh

  6. 酸雨对全生育时期水稻叶绿素荧光的影响%Effects of acid rain on the chlorophyll fluorescence reaction in rice at the whole growth stages

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    王雯; 李曼; 王丽红; 周青

    2014-01-01

    Acid rain is one of the global environmental issues. China has become the third largest acid rain region behind Western Europe and North America. Photosynthesis is the physiological basis of biomass and yield formation of plants, and chlorophyll fluorescence is commonly used for evaluating the damage of stress to photosynthesis of plants. Previous studies showed that acid rain influences the chlorophyll fluorescence of plants. However, the stress resistance of plants varies with the growth stage of plants. In the present work, the effects of acid rain on chlorophyll fluorescence of rice (Oryza sativa) at the whole growth stages (from seedling stage, tillering stage, booting stage and filling stage) were investigated, and none relevant reports have been published so far. Rice (from seedling stage to filling stage) were continuously treated with simulated acid rain (pH value of acid rain were 4.5, 3.5, 2.5) or control rain (sprayed every three days). The control leaves and acid rain-treated leaves of rice were sampled at seedling stage, tillering stage, booting stage and filling stage, respectively, to measure the chlorophyll fluorescence parameters with an in situ nondestructive testing technology (pulse modulation Chlorophyll Fluorometer PAM-210, Heinz Walz GmbH, Germany). The results showed that when rice was treated with acid rain at pH 4.5, initial fluorescence (Fo) at seedling stage and booting stage were significantly increased 7.69%and 8.84%, non-photochemical quenching coefficient (qN) at seedling stage, tillering stage and booting stage were significantly increased 8.64%, 4.86%and 6.09%, maximal chlorophyll fluorescence (Fv/Fm), electron transport rate of PSII (ETR), effective quantum yield of photochemical energy conversion of PSII (ΦPSII), photochemical quenching coefficient (qP) at seedling stage and booting stage were significantly decreased, the decreased degrees were 3.01%and 6.88%(Fv/Fm), 8.40%and 10.24% (ETR), 8.39% and 12.23% (ΦPSII), 3.79% and

  7. Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Growth,Physiology and Quality of Crop in Northeast of China%模拟酸雨对东北地区农作物生长、生理及品质的影响

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    孟赫; 董德明; 王菊; 张胜楠; 侯洁; 杨萌尧; 房春生

    2011-01-01

    This study was designed to reveal the effects of simulated acid rain on growth, physiology and quality of crop(pakchoi), in Northeast of China. Pakchoi growing in the greenhouse was exposed to simulated acid rain and to a control group. The results showed that the injury of pakchoi was highly correlated to pH of acid rain. Biomass and plant height decreased significantly after the exposure to simulated acid rain indicating that simulated acid rain may limit the growth of pakchoi. Compared with root, eat-part was more sensitive to acid rain. The contents of total free amino acids, soluble sugar,soluble protein and vitamin C were decreased under the treatment of simulated acid rain. As increasing acidity of simulated acid rain, the concentrations of quality decreased obviously. Under the treatment of weak acid, the synthesis of nutrients of pakchoi was promoted. The synthesis of chlorophyll and carotenoid were inhibited, and the photosynthesis affected by acid rain,which ultimately lead to lower production, quality degradation.%通过模拟试验,研究不同pH模拟酸雨胁迫对农作物(小白菜)生长、生理及品质的影响,量化不同PHH酸雨对小白菜的影响程度.试验结果表明:小白菜植株受害与pH密切相关,酸性越强,胁迫影响越显著,受害程度越重.随着酸雨酸性增强,小白菜生长受抑,生物量、株高等明显降低,食部鲜质量、干质量受影响程度比根部鲜质量、干质量大.在酸雨胁迫下,小白菜游离氨基酸总量、可溶性糖、可溶性蛋白质和维生素C含量均出现不同程度的降低,且酸性越强,受影响幅度越大,弱酸务件下可在一定程度上促进营养物质的合成.酸雨可抑制叶绿素类与类胡萝卜素合成,影响光合作用,最终导致产量降低、品质下降.

  8. 南岸区酸雨污染现状及成因分析%On Currant Status of Acid Rain Pollution in Nan'an District of Chongqing and Its Cause

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    刘筱琳; 李杰; 熊万明; 曾雪梅; 钟成华

    2012-01-01

    Based on the comprehensive analysis of precipitation data in Nan'an District in the past 10 years,this study deals with the pollution characteristics and the changing tendency of acid rain in this area. The result shows that contaminants can be eliminated by precipitation,and the formation of acid rain does not have direct relationship with the concentration of air contaminants,but the amount of precipitation,air temperature,wind speed,relative humidity and so on. Meantime,this study has concluded that the fundamental causes for acid rain in Nan'an District and Chongqing are the massive emission of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide,the bad diffusion condition for air contaminants caused by the physiognomy of mountain city and the steamy weather condition.%在对重庆市南岸区近十年的降水监测数据进行综合分析的基础上,研究了南岸区酸雨污染特征和变化趋势,分析了酸雨的成因.结果表明,降水对空气污染物有清除作用,但酸雨的形成与空气污染物浓度无直接关联,而是取决于降水量、气温、风速、相对湿度等气象因子.大量二氧化硫和氮氧化物的排放、不利于污染物扩散的山城地貌以及潮湿闷热的气象条件是导致南岸乃至重庆酸雨污染的根本原因.

  9. RAINE Public Communities

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The file geodatabase (fgdb) contains the New England Town Boundaries and information related specifically to the Resilience and Adaptation in New England (RAINE)...

  10. Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Seed Germination and Seedling Physiological Characteristics of Annual Ryegrass Lolium Multifolorum%模拟酸雨对黑麦草种子萌发及生理特性的影响

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    黄婷; 邵辉; 吴坤胜; 柯健; 高素权; 李刚; 吴胜

    2011-01-01

    以一年生黑麦草(Annual Ryegrass Lolium multifolorum)种子为材料,研究不同pH值的模拟硫酸型酸雨作用下,种子的萌发及幼苗生理特性发生的变化.实验分别测定了种子发芽率、发芽势、发芽指数及幼苗鲜重、叶片导电率等指标.结果表明,一年生黑麦草种子的发芽势、发芽率、发芽指数整体变化趋势比较一致,随着模拟酸雨pH值的增大而减小.幼苗叶片的生长量变化差异比较大,单株幼苗的平均鲜重随模拟酸雨酸性的减弱而增大,所测幼苗叶片的相对电导率值随模拟酸雨pH值的升高而减小,与对照相比差异显著,表明幼苗叶片受到了酸雨的破坏.试验表明,一年生黑麦草种子在pH≥3.09的弱酸条件下能够正常萌发和生长,具有一定的耐酸性,但是在pH≤2.03的强酸条件下,种子的萌发和幼苗的生长受到了显著的抑制.%Using Annual Ryegrass Lolium multifolorum seed as material to study the effect of different pH simulated acid rain on the seed germination and seedling physiological characteristics. The experiment tested the gemination power, germination rate, germination index,seedling fresh weight and permeability of plasma membrane etc indexes. The results indicated that the germination power, gemination rate and germination indexes all decreased with the simulated acid rain density increasing. There were great changes among the indexes of seedling growth increment: seedling fresh weight increased with simulated acid rain pH rising. And permeability of plasma membrane decreased with the acid rain pH increasing, which showed that seedling leaves were destroyed by the acid rain. The study indicated that the seed of nnual Ryegrass Lolium multifolorum could sprout and grow normally under the condition of weak acid ( pH ≥3.09), and had certain acidtolerance. But seed germination and seedling growth were seriously restrained under the condition of strong acid (pH ≤2.03 ).

  11. Rain radar instrument definition

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    Vincent, Nicolas; Chenebault, J.; Suinot, Noel; Mancini, Paolo L.

    1996-12-01

    As a result of a pre-phase a study, founded by ESA, this paper presents the definition of a spaceborne Rain Radar, candidate instrument for earth explorer precipitation mission. Based upon the description of user requirements for such a dedicated mission, a mission analysis defines the most suitable space segment. At system level, a parametric analysis compares pros and cons of instrument concepts associated with rain rate retrieval algorithms in order to select the most performing one. Several trade-off analysis at subsystem level leads then to the definition of the proposed design. In particular, as pulse compression is implemented in order to increase the radar sensitivity, the selected method to achieve a pulse response with a side-lobe level below--60 dB is presented. Antenna is another critical rain radar subsystem and several designs are com pared: direct radiating array, single or dual reflector illuminated by single or dual feed arrays. At least, feasibility of centralized amplification using TWTA is compared with criticality of Tx/Rx modules for distributed amplification. Mass and power budgets of the designed instrument are summarized as well as standard deviations and bias of simulated rain rate retrieval profiles. The feasibility of a compliant rain radar instrument is therefore demonstrated.

  12. Chemical analysis of acid rains collected in 1993 at ENEA Research Center of Brasimone, Bologna; Caratterizzazione chimiche delle deposizioni raccolte nel 1993 presso il Centro Ricerche ENEA del Brasimone, Bologna

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    Barilli, L.; Olivieri, P. [ENEA, Centro Ricerche ``E. Clementel`` Bologna (Italy). Dip. di Ambiente; Salvi, S. [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Brasimone, Bologna (Italy). Dip. di Ambiente

    1995-06-01

    In this paper the measurements of the water quality in acid rains, collected in 1993 at the ENEA (Italian Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment) research centre of Brasimone station, are reported. Chemical analysis was performed on pH, the electric conductivity, the alkalinity and Ca, Mg, Na, K, NH{sub 4}, NO{sub 3}, SO{sub 4}, Cl concentrations in weekly samples.The wet depositions are weakly acid, the median value of pH being 5.94; this reflects that the most of samples have been of `bulk` type. Therefore the amount of the calcium ion has been very high and higly correlated with the alkalinity. The loads of nitrogen and sulfur are maximum in the first months of the year, after a period of lack of precipitations.

  13. Waving in the rain

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    Cavaleri, Luigi; Bidlot, Jean-Raymond

    2015-01-01

    We consider the effect of rain on wind wave generation and dissipation. Rain falling on a wavy surface may have a marked tendency to dampen the shorter waves in the tail of the spectrum, the related range increasing with the rain rate. Following the coupling between meteorological and wave models, we derive that on the whole this should imply stronger wind and higher waves in the most energetic part of the spectrum. This is supported by numerical experiments. However, a verification based on the comparison between operational model results and measured data suggests that the opposite is true. This leads to a keen analysis of the overall process, in particular on the role of the tail of the spectrum in modulating the wind input and the white-capping. We suggest that the relationship between white-capping and generation by wind is deeper and more implicative than presently generally assumed.

  14. After the Rain: Animals.

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    Old Elk, Arlene; Stoklas, Jackie

    The Heard Museum (Phoenix, Arizona) has developed and updated an integrated curriculum for use in grades K-3. The goals for this curriculum are to: (1) share museum resources with schools; (2) promote cross-cultural understanding through a focus on rain, a universal requirement for life; (3) help students understand that Native Americans are…

  15. Analysis of Temporal-spatial Variation Characteristics and Influencing Factors of Acid Rain in Guangxi dur- ing 2004 ~ 2011%2004-2011年广西酸雨时空变化特征及影响因素分析

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    蒋芸芸

    2012-01-01

    基于2004-2011年广西14个设区市及部分县的降水监测数据,对降水pH值进行统计和空间插值,分析广西酸雨特征的变化趋势和时空分布状况,并探讨影响广西酸雨形成的主要因素。结果表明,2004~2011年,广西降水pH值年均值均小于5.6,酸雨城市比例自2007年起逐年下降;酸雨发生频率在25%以上的城市比例自2006年起逐年下降;2004-2007年,广西酸雨区域分布格局变化不大,自2008年起,广西酸雨区域面积呈现较大幅度的减少。广西的酸雨污染有所减轻,这与广西近年来对二氧化硫排放量的严格控制有关。%Based on the acid rain monitoring data of 14 cities and some counties in Guangxi Province during 2004-2011,the annual variation trend and temporal-spatial distribution of the acid rain were analyzed, and the influencing factors were explored. The results showed that the annual mean pH value was less than 5.6 during 2004-2011. The proportion of acid rain cities annually had decreased since 2007, and the proportion of acid rain cities with acid rain occurrence frequency being over than 25% had decreased gradually since 2006. During 2004-2007,the distribution pattern of Guangxi acid rain region slightly changed. The area of acid rain region in Guangxi dramatically decreased. The rigid control of the SO2 emission recent years in Guangxi is play an important role in the decrease of pollution caused by acid rain.

  16. Weighing Rain Gauge Recording Charts

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Weighing rain gauge charts record the amount of precipitation that falls at a given location. The vast majority of the Weighing Rain Gauge Recording Charts...

  17. When It Rains, It Pours

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    Mills, Linda

    2012-01-01

    "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring!" "The itsy, bitsy spider crawled up the waterspout, down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain, and the itsy, bitsy spider went up the spout again." What do children's nursery rhymes have to do with the school library? The author begins by telling a…

  18. 模拟酸雨对水芹根部NH4+ NO3- 、H+离子通量的影响%Effects of simulated acid rain on NH4+, NO3-, H + ion fluxes in roots of Oenanthe javanica

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    罗英; 薛建辉; 尹璐; 吴殿鸣

    2012-01-01

    氮素是植物生长发育必需的营养元素,利用水生植物吸收水体中的氮素是富营养化水体生态修复的重要途径.以水芹(Oenanthe javanica)为研究材料,在中富营养和超富营养两种水平下,探讨模拟酸雨对水芹根部H+、NH4+和NO3-离子流及根系活力的影响.结果表明,酸雨对水芹根系吸收水体中氮素产生影响,并随富营养化水平提高其影响加大.分析发现:(1)水芹对NH4+有吸收偏好;(2)与对照相比,模拟酸雨降低了根部H+的外排,相应地减弱了NH4+的内流,增加了NO3-的外排,但对根系活力无显著影响;(3)超富营养水平下,酸雨对水芹离子流的影响增强,并使根系活力显著降低.%Nitrogen is necessary for plant growth of the nutritional elements. To absorb Nitrogen from eutrophicational water by using aquatic plants is important means to ecological restoration. Acid rain has become a serious region environment problem. China is the third acid rain area in the world. It should be further studied that how aquatic plants responded with simulated acid rain, and how acid rain effected on the nutrition cycle of roots. It was significant for the further physiological and ecological studies on the interrelationship between acid rain and aquatic plants in acid rain region. In this study, Oenanthe javanica was selected as research material to study the effects of simulated acid rain on H+ , NH4+ , NO3- fluxes in the roots and root activity among middle eutropher or hyper eutropher. The results showed: (1) 0. javanica preference to absorption of NH4+. (2)Compared with the contrast, simulated acid rain reduced H + effluxes, receded NH4+ influxes, increased NO3- effluxes, and no significant effect on the root activity. (3)The effect of simulated acid rain on ion fluxes in the roots was enhanced and the root activity was significant deceased among hyper eutropher. To conclude that acid rain affected the absorption of Nitrogen ions fluxes and

  19. 广东省春季一次酸雨过程的数值模拟%Numerical simulation of an acid rain event in Spring in Guangdong Province

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    罗栩羽; 吴志权; 邹德龙; 范绍佳; 林文实; 樊琦

    2012-01-01

    采用WRF/Chem模式对2004年4月6—8日发生在广东省一次典型冷锋酸雨过程的气象场和污染物分布进行数值模拟,分析此次酸雨过程中致酸污染物SO2、NOx、硫酸盐气溶胶和硝酸盐气溶胶的主要分布特征,进而探讨此次酸雨的成因.结果表明,冷锋过境前,边界层高度较低,不利于污染物扩散,主要是局地排放致酸;冷锋过境形成了逆温层,污染物在逆温层内成片状均匀分布,使广东省出现大范围的酸雨.污染物浓度分布的模拟结果表明:SO2以本地源为主;NOx扩散范围较S02广,分布更均匀;硫酸盐气溶胶和硝酸盐气溶胶6日主要分布在粤北,7日成大范围片状分布,与pH值的分布特征相似.%The meteorological field and the distribution of air pollutants during a typical cold front acid rain event in Guangdong Province on April 6-8, 2004 were simulated by WRF/Chem model. The spatial distributions of ambient SO2 , NOx, and particulate sulfate and nitrate were investigated, and the formation processes of the acid rain event were then discussed. The results showed that the lowered boundary layer heights before cold front were the main reason for the unfavorable diffusion for air pollutants, and the acid rain was generally a local issue. Along with the advancing of cold front, an inversion layer was developed, in which the air pollutants homogeneously distributed in a large scale, resulting in acid rain episode covering most of Guangdong Province. The model results indicated that the ambient SO2 was mainly due to local emissions. NO~ showed larger scale transportation and hence more evenly distributed than SO2. Particulate sulfate and nitrate, with similar spatial pattern of pH values, showed a hotpot in the northern Guangdong on 6 April 2004, and expanded to cover a wider area on 7 April 2004.

  20. Effects of Acid Rain Stress on Antioxidant Enzyme Activity and Chlorophyll Fluorescence in Leaves of Gazania Hybrids%酸雨对勋章菊保护酶活性及叶绿素荧光参数的影响

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    侯维; 潘远智

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,pot experiments were conducted to study the effect of simulated acid rain that included four different pH values (5.6,4.5,3.5,2.5) on the membrane permeability,malondialdehyde (MDA) content and antioxidant enzyme activity,chlorophyll (Chl) content,and chlorophyll fluorescence in of leaves Gazania Hybrids.The membrane permeability and MDA content increased significantly after acid rain stress and with an extremely significant correlation between them.The dismutase (SOD),catalase (CAT) and peroxidase (POD) activities were showed a single-peak curve which was firstly increased and then decreased,and the maximum activity of SOD,CAT and POD were observed at pH4.5.Chl a,Chl b,total chlorophyll content,Chl a/b,the PS Ⅱ photochemical efficiency (Fv/ Fm) and the PS Ⅱ potential activity (Fv/Fo),actual PS Ⅱ photochemical quantum yield (ΦpsⅡ) and qP decreased accordingly with the decreasing of pH value,while qN increased.The study showed that G.Hybrids has strong resistance to acid rain stress and the visible damage threshold was less than pH 3.5.Therefore,G.Hybrids can be considered as one of the landscaping and vegetation constructing plants in the acid rain-hit areas.%采用盆栽方法,以不同pH值(5.6、4.5、3.5、2.5)的模拟酸雨胁迫试验,探讨其对勋章菊(Gazania Hybrids)叶片质膜透性、MDA含量、保护酶活性、叶绿素含量及叶绿素荧光参数的影响.结果表明,随pH值的降低,勋章菊叶片质膜透性和MDA含量呈逐渐升高的趋势,且二者呈显著正相关;SOD、CAT和POD活性呈先升高后下降的单峰曲线变化,其中SOD、CAT和POD活性最大值均出现在pH4.5处理;叶绿素a、叶绿素b、叶绿素a+b的含量、叶绿素a/b、PSⅡ最大光化学效率(Fv/Fm)、PSⅡ的潜在活性(Fv/Fo)、PSⅡ实际光化学量子产量(Φps.Ⅱ)、光化学淬灭系数(qP)均随pH值的降低而下降,非光化学淬灭系数(qN)随pH值的降低而升高.模拟酸雨对勋章菊叶片

  1. 模拟酸雨对银杏雌雄幼苗生长及生理特性的影响%Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on the Growth and Physiological Features of Female and Male Ginkgo biloba Seedlings

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    蒋雪梅; 戚文华; 肖娟; 胥晓

    2014-01-01

    本试验采用盆栽方法,研究了4种pH值(5.6、5.0、4.0、3.0)条件下的模拟酸雨对银杏雌、雄幼苗生长及叶片主要生理生化特性的影响。结果表明,随着模拟酸雨pH值的不断降低,银杏雌、雄幼苗地上部分可见伤害逐渐出现,其叶片相对含水量、光合色素含量和抗氧化酶活性逐渐降低,而丙二醛、可溶性蛋白质和游离脯氨酸含量逐渐升高。与pH值为5.6的对照相比, pH值5.0和4.0的模拟酸雨对上述测定值的影响并不明显,而在pH值3.0的模拟酸雨处理后,大部分测定值的变化幅度达到了显著水平。尽管在上述4种处理条件下银杏雌、雄幼苗地上部分所表现出的可见伤害并无明显差异,但从叶片相对含水量、比叶面积、抗氧化酶活性、光合色素含量和各种生化物质含量的测定值进行分析发现,银杏雄株内部生理生化过程受到的干扰要大于雌株。由此推测,高浓度的酸雨(pH=3.0)会影响银杏雌、雄幼苗的正常生长,其耐酸阈值应在pH值4.0~3.0间,且银杏雌株幼苗在耐酸性方面强于雄株。%We conducted a series of pot experiments to study the effects of simulated acid rain on the growth and physiological features of 3-year-old seedlings in female and male Ginkgo biloba. The leaves of female and male Ginkgo biloba were sprayed with simulated acid rain (pH=3.0, 4.0, or 5.0), and the treatment with pH 5.6 as the control. The results showed that under simulated acid rain stress, the aerial parts injury of female and male Ginkgo biloba seedlings gradually exposed, and leaf relative water content, photosynthetic pigment con-tent and antioxidase activity decreased simultaneously as the pH of rainwater decreased;while the malondialde-hyde, soluble protein and free proline content increased gradually. Compared with the control of pH 5.6, the above-mentioned values as affected by acid rain of pH 5.0 and 4.0 were inlfuenced

  2. Adaptive rain fade compensation

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    Rautio, J. C.

    1980-01-01

    A large available margin must be provided for satellite communications systems operating near 20 GHz, which occasionally experience fades due to rain attenuation. It is proposed that this margin may be achieved in high-capacity FDMA satellites by dynamically providing a large margin to those links which are experiencing deep fades, while maintaining a small fade margin on all others. Single-beam SCPC operation and multiple-beam, satellite-switched FDMA systems are described, and the optimization of the dynamic FDMA links in a severely fading environment is investigated. A solution is derived which takes into account: (1) transponder intermodulation distortion, (2) cochannel and cross-polarization antenna interference, and (3) rain fade characteristics. The sample system configuration presented shows that such systems reach availability levels approaching 0.9999 at Ka-Band.

  3. Ação do enxofre em chuva ácida simulada sobre parâmetros morfofisiológicos de Phaseolus vulgaris L. (Fabaceae = Sulfur effect by simulated acid rain on morphophysiological parameters of the bean plant

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    Bruna Borba Dias

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve o objetivo de analisar os efeitos do enxofre e da chuva ácida simulada sobre a estrutura foliar do feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris L, nos aspectos morfoanatômicos, teores de clorofila a, b, total e feofitina. As plantas-controle sofreram simulações de chuva com pH 6,0 e as plantas-teste sofreram simulação de chuva ácida com pH 3,0. As concentrações de clorofila a, b e total diminuíram no estádio de floração (R6. Já, no estádio R7, onde surgem as primeiras vagens, os teores aumentaram, indicando possível resistência e/ou adaptação dos espécimes às simulações ácidas. O tratamento ácido afetou a concentração de clorofila que foi degradada por processos oxidativos sem a sua conversão em feofitina. Também se observou diminuição na frequência de tricomas tectores e glandulares, assim como de estômatos. As injúrias visualizadas foram classificadas como de caráter leve, provavelmente pela existência de anexos epidérmicos para proteção foliar e peciolar.The goal of this work was to evaluate the effects of sulfur and simulated acid rain on the leaf of Phaseolus vulgaris. Acid rain (pH 3.0 and an aqueous solution (Ph 6.0 were performed on test and control plants, respectively. A decrease in chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b and total chlorophyll concentrations was observed in theflowering stage (R6. However, increased rates were determined in the maturation stage (R7, which can suggest a resistance and/or adjustment of the plants to the acid simulation conditions. The acid treatment achieved chlorophyll degradation by oxidative processes without conversion to pheophytin. A reduction was also seen in the number of glandular and non-glandular trichomes and stomata on the test plants. Moreover, only small injuries were verified on the blade and peciolar areas of the tested individuals of P. vulgaris, probablydue to the presence of the reported epidermal structures.

  4. Physiochemical properties of soils at Risdalsheia and Sogndal: RAIN project

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    Lotse, E.; Otabbong, E.

    1985-01-01

    The RAIN project investigates the interactions between acid deposition, vegetation, soil and water. This report presents physical and chemical properties of soil samples collected in the fall of 1982. These are background data before the artificial acidification at Sogndal and the exclusion of acid rain at Risdalsheia started. The Risdalsheia soils are strongly acid with ph (H2O) values ranging from 3.7 to 4.7. The Sogndal soils are weakly acid with ph (H2O) values varying between 4.2 and 5.8...

  5. Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on the Migration and Transformation of Hexavalent Chromium in a Water Spinach-soil System%模拟酸雨对空心菜-土壤系统中六价铬迁移转化的影响

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    陈桂葵; 李志鹏; 陈恋; 刘明中; 黎华寿

    2013-01-01

    A pot experiment was conducted to study the effects of acid rain on the distribution, migration and transformation of hexavalent chromium in a water spinach(Ipomoea aquatica) soil system. Results showed that the amount of total chromium in water spinach treated with simulated acid rain was significantly higher than those without acid rain. The content of chromium in the underground part of water spinach was significantly higher than it in the aboveground part in treatments with simulated acid rain. While water spinach could survive and grow normally in soil with 100 mg·kg-1 chromium, they couldn't survive in soil with chromium up to 200 mg·kg-1. Valences of more than 97.0% added hexavalent chromium was changed. The majority portion of the chromium was remained in soil. Only very small portion was absorbed by water spinach. The simulated acid rain could significantly enhance the absorption rate of chromium by water spinach. The amount of absorbed chromium in treatments with acid rain was 2.6 to 5 times as those in the treatments without acid rain. The chromium enrichment coefficients were 2.2 and 4.6 for the aboveground part and the underground part of water spinach respectively by comparing the treatments with and without acid rain. The research result shows that acid rain increases the risk of crop grown in soil contaminated by chromium especially through the absorption of chromium by root system. Hence, agricultural food safety problem in chromium polluted area will be enhanced by acid rain.%通过盆栽试验,研究了模拟酸雨条件下六价铬在土壤和空心菜之间的分布、迁移和转化规律.结果发现,酸雨处理显著提高了空心菜体内铬的含量,其中空心菜地下部的铬含量显著高于其地上部;空心菜在100 mg·kg-1的铬处理下仍然可以正常生长,但当土壤中的铬达到200 mg· kg-1时,空心菜生长数天后即全部死亡;添加到土壤中的六价铬97.0%以上已经转化成其他形态而留

  6. The Effect of Simulated Acid Rain on the Leaching Behavior of Havy Metals from Brick Made in MSWI Lime - ash%模拟酸雨对污泥焚烧灰渣砖中重金属浸出影响

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    刘世宇; 童飞; 陈兴凡

    2012-01-01

    Bricks made in ted acid rain. Effect of soaking municipal sludge waste incineration (MSWI) lime - ash were soaked in kinks of simulatime of brick and pH of simulated acid rain on the leaching behavior of heavy metals from the bricks was investigated. Results showed that under the same dip in times, the total leaching concentration of 4 kinds of heavy metals was Cr, Mn, Cu and Fe, with the simulated acid rain pH accretion and drop. At the pH 4.4 of simulated acid rain, the order to leaching concentration of 4 kinds of heavy metals was Cr 〉 Mn 〉 Cu 〉 Fe, after 8 h dip in times. The total leaching concentration of Cd, Ni and Cu was lower than 0. 1 ppb, at the kinks of simulated acid rain.%用不同pH的模拟酸雨浸泡掺杂污泥焚烧灰渣自制的混凝土路面砖,探讨了相同浸泡时间时,模拟酸雨pH对自制路面砖中重金属浸出的影响。结果表明,在相同浸泡时间时,铬、锰、铜、铁的浸出浓度都随着模拟酸雨pH的增大而下降。在pH为4.4的模拟酸雨中,浸泡时间大于8小时后,铬、锰、铜、铁浸出浓度的大小关系是铬〉锰〉铜〉铁。而镉、镍、铅的浸出浓度在各种模拟酸雨中都小于0.1 ppb。

  7. Experimental study of gypsum composite lightweight concrete in simulated acid rain%石膏复合轻质混凝土模拟酸雨实验研究

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    刘晓红

    2015-01-01

    By experimental study of gypsum composite lightweight concrete which is made of gypsum, cement, sawdust and additives, etc. in simulated acid rain, the impact of durable acidic substances on gypsum composite lightweight concrete was analyzed. This also provided theory of reference for the strengthening and repairing of ancient architecture bucket arch and applying of antique building bucket arch of gypsum composite lightweight concrete.%本文通过对石膏-水泥-锯末以及添加剂等材料制成的石膏复合轻质混凝土模拟酸雨的实验研究,分析了酸性物质对石膏复合轻质混凝土耐久性的影响,为石膏复合轻质混凝土在古建筑斗栱的加固修复和仿古建筑斗栱中的应用提供理论参考。

  8. Soil Chemistry 1983-86 at the Rain Project Catchments

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    Lotse, E.G.; Wright, R.

    1989-01-01

    The aim of the rain project is to explain the effects of changed acid deposition on soils and waters. This report presents results from chemical and physical analyses of soil samples collected yearly 1984-1986 at the rain project catchments at Sogndal and Risdalsheia. Estimates of historical weathering rates based on total elemental analysis of soil and bedrock are 295 and 12 meq/m"/yr at Sogndal and Risdalsheia, respectively. Of the key chemical parameters measured only absorbed sulfate show...

  9. Music after the rain

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    2006-01-01

    The group Home Cooking (left to right: Jean-Marie Planche, Tony Arnold, Serge Waeffler, Django Manglunki) entertains the crowd with a humoristic blues/rock performance. The earth moved in Prévessin on 29 July. This was not an earthquake but an 'international' music event, the seventeenth CERN Hardronic Festival, which saw musicians from many different countries, including Russia, Britain, Spain, France, Belgium and the USA, take to the stage. The audience rocked to music from eight different groups until the early hours. About a thousand people flocked to CERN to hear what the best of its musical talents had to offer. The evening was very nearly a wash-out, though. After a week of scorching hot temperatures, the heavens suddenly opened and the rain didn't stop until a few minutes before the first act came on stage. Thanks to this narrow escape, the organisers can boast a 17-year run of rain-free Hardronic festivals. All the different musical styles were given a warm reception, from traditional Russian folk...

  10. EFFECTS OF SIMULATED ACID RAIN STRESS ON GAS EXCHANGE AND CHLOROPHYLL A FLUORESCENCE PARAMETERS IN LEAVES OF LONGAN%模拟酸雨对龙眼叶片气体交换和叶绿素a荧光参数的影响

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    邱栋梁; 刘星辉; 郭素枝

    2002-01-01

    Longan (Dimorcarpus longana Lour. cv. Wulongling) seedlings of two different ages grown in pots were selected to study the effects of acid rain stress on gas exchange, and chlorophyll a fluorescence parameters and their recovery. Sulfuric acid and nitric acid were selected for the preparation of artificial acid rain, based on the mole ratio 1:5 of sulfuric acid to nitric acid in the precipitation of southern Fujian. Dilution of reagent grade acid was done with distilled water and determined by Phsj-4 acidity analyzer. A series of solutions of simulated acid rains with pH 5.6, 3.0 and 2.5 were prepared. A sprayer was used to apply the acid solution to young trees. At each application, leaves were thoroughly wetted. Sprays were repeated 12 times in 6 h at 30 min intervals. Gas exchange was detected with an open gas analyzer CID-301PS, and chlorophyll a fluorescence parameters with OS5-FL modulated chlorophyll fluorometer.The results showed that photosynthesis was inhibited by acid rain stress, and light compensation point (LCP) of stressed leaves increased. Gas exchange and chlorophyll a fluorescence parameters of leaves were reduced after 6 h stress with acid rain of pH 3.0, and could be recovered to the level of control 72 h after the treatment ended. Net photosynthetic rate (Pn), stomatal conductance (Cs), transpiration rate (Tr), ratio of variable fluorescence to initial fluorescence (Fv/F0), ratio of variable fluorescence to maximum fluorescence (Fv/Fm), quantum yield of PSⅡelectron transport (ΦPSⅡ), ratio of fluorescence decrease (Rfd), nonphotochemical quenching (qN) and photochemical quenching (qP) were reduced after a 6 h stress with acid rain of pH 2.5, and could not be recovered 72 h after the stress ceased. Intercellular CO2 concentration (Ci) decreased under treatment with acid rain of pH 2.5, rose in the first day and surpassed the level of control 72 h after the acid rain spraying stopped. Dark respiration (Rd) was increased by acid rain, and

  11. The Rain Keeps Falling

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    Deborah Rose

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The force of disaster hit me in the heart when, as a young woman, I heard Bob Dylan sing ‘Hard Rain’. In a voice stunned by violence, the young man reports on a multitude of forces that drag the world into catastrophe. In the 1960s I heard the social justice in the song. In 2004 the environmental issues ambush me. The song starts and ends in the dying world of trees and rivers. The poet’s words in both domains of justice are eerily prophetic. They call across the music, and across the years, saying that a hard rain is coming. The words bear no story at all; they give us a series of compelling images, an account of impending calamity. The artistry of the poet—Bob (Billy Boy Dylan—offers sequences of reports that, like Walter Benjamin’s storm from paradise, pile wreckage upon wreckage.

  12. Evaluation of the behavior of clouds in a region of severe acid rain pollution in southern China: species, complexes, and variations.

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    Sun, Lei; Wang, Yan; Yue, Taixing; Yang, Xueqiao; Xue, Likun; Wang, Wenxing

    2015-09-01

    Cloud samples were collected during the summer of 2011 and the spring of 2012 at a high-elevation site in southern China in an effort to examine the chemical characteristics of acid clouds. In total, 141 cloud samples were collected during 44 cloud events over the observation period. The dominant ionic species were SO4(2-), NH4(+), and NO3(-), contributing approximately 75% of the total inorganic ion concentration. The primary acidifying factors were sulfate and nitrate, and the primary neutralizing factors were ammonium and calcium. The volume-weighted mean (VWM) pH of the cloud water was 3.79, indicating an acidic nature. In these cloud samples, Zn and Al exhibited the highest trace metal concentrations, contributing approximately 60% of the total trace element concentration. Toxic metals, such as Pb, Ba, As, and Cr, were detected at high concentrations, indicating potential hazards for human health, vegetation, and waters in this region. Visual MINTEQ 3.0 results revealed that the majority of Zn(II) and Pb(II) existed in the form of free ions. The behavior of Al, however, differed from the behaviors of zinc and lead. The temporal variation in cloud chemistry indicated that temperature, sandstorms, and long-range transport could affect the concentrations of species. During the lifetime of a cloud event, the concentrations of the chemical species were controlled by the transfer of gases or particles to liquid droplets. PMID:25976330

  13. Effect of simulated acid rain on biomass and physiological index of rape (Brassica napus L.) seedling%模拟酸雨对油菜幼苗生物量及其生理指标的影响

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    张佩; 周琴; 张国正; 王福政; 江海东; 濮梅娟

    2010-01-01

    采用土培的方法研究了不同pH值的模拟酸雨(acid rain,AR)对油菜幼苗生长的影响.结果表明,pH≥4.0的酸雨刺激幼苗生长,生物量和色素含量维持在与对照(pH6.0)相当或更高的水平;抗氧化酶(超氧化物歧化酶SOD、过氧化物酶POD和过氧化氢酶CAT)活性和非酶抗氧化剂(抗坏血酸AsA和谷胱甘肽GSH)含量与对照相比无显著差异.随着酸雨酸度的进一步增强(pH≤4.0),油菜幼苗的生物量、色素含量、抗氧化酶活性和非酶抗氧化剂含量逐渐下降,且下降速度越来越快;膜脂发生过氧化,丙二醛含量和相对电导率显著增加.当pH≤2.5时,幼苗叶片可观察到不同程度的伤斑.

  14. RAIN project. Annual report for 1987

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    Wright, R.

    1988-01-01

    The RAIN project (Reversing Acidification in Norway) is an international research project aimed at investigating the effect on water and soil chemistry of changing acid deposition to whole catchment. The results from 1987 represent 4 years of treatment from Sogndal and 3 1/2 years at Risdalsheia. The original 5-year project period will be extended an additional 3 year through June 1991. Sulfate concentration have increased from about 20-25 µeg/l to 50-57 µeg/l at SOG2 and 35-45 µeg/l at SOG4....

  15. 模拟酸雨对赣南稀土矿淋滤实验研究%Leaching experiments on rare earth ore in Southern Jiangxi under condition of simulated acid rain

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    温春辉; 刘祖文; 张念; 徐春燕; 张旭东

    2016-01-01

    采用模拟土柱淋滤实验研究酸雨条件下浸矿土壤和尾矿土壤中氮化物的迁移.选取有机玻璃管为试验柱,模拟酸雨淋滤液pH为5.4~5.6,测量两类土壤中NH4+-N、NO3--N、有效氮含量,实验结果表明:稀土土壤对铵态氮有一定截留作用,铵态氮流失是导致矿区土壤及周边水环境污染的主要原因;铵态氮在两类土壤的含量随着淋洗量增加而逐渐减少;硝态氮在两类土壤的含量随着淋洗量增加呈现先减少至最低再有所回升,且受土壤pH和土壤埋深影响;有效氮在两类土壤中的迁移特征与铵态氮相似.实验研究为有效控制赣南稀土矿土壤污染和水体污染提供理论基础.%The leaching mine and tailings migration of nitrogen in the soil were studied by simulation of soil column and leaching experiment under the condition of acid rain. The organic glass tube was chosen for testing column, the pH value of acid rain drench filtrate was simulated at 5.4~5.6, and the two types of NH4+-N, NO3--N, and effective nitrogen content in the soil were measured. The experimental results show that the rare earth soil play a certain role in entrapment of ammonia nitrogen and ammonium nitrogen loss, which is the main cause of water pollution in mining area and the surrounding soil. Ammonia nitrogen in the two types of the content of the soil reduce gradually as the elution volume increases. The NO3--N in the two types of the content of soil re-duce to a minimum first then recovered with elution volume rendering increase, and it is affected by soil pH and soil depth. The characteristics of effective nitrogen migration in two kinds of soil are similar to ammonia nitrogen. Experimental study provides the theoretical foundation for the effective control soil pollution and wa-ter pollution of the rare earth ores in Southern Jiangxi.

  16. Automated Rain Sampler for Real time pH and Conductivity Measurements

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    Weerasinghe, R; Jayananda, M K; Sonnadara, D U J

    2015-01-01

    To monitor the acidity of rain water in real time, a rain water sampling system was developed. The rain sampler detects the initial rain after a dry spell and collects a water sample. Before performing the measurements, the pH probe is calibrated using a standard buffer solution whereas the conductivity probe is calibrated using deionized water. After calibrating the probes the pH and the conductivity of the collected rain water sample are measured using the pH and the conductivity probe. Weather parameters such as air temperature, humidity and pressure are also recorded simultaneously. The pH and conductivity measurement data including weather parameters are transmitted to central station using a GSM modem for further analysis. The collected rain water sample is preserved at the remote monitoring station for post chemical analysis. A programmable logic controller controls the entire process.

  17. 模拟酸雨条件下石灰土-碳酸盐岩体系的碳汇效应%Carbon sink effect of simulated acid rain in lime soil and carbonate rock system

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    李春龙; 赵家梅; 龙偲; 陈中吉; 周运超; 张春来

    2014-01-01

    为揭示不同酸度降雨对石灰土-碳酸盐岩体系内岩溶碳汇效应的影响,以贵阳市花溪区历史降水量为参照,选取贵阳市青岩镇纯灰岩发育土壤与贵阳市花溪水库三叠纪大冶组纯灰岩为样本进行淋溶试验。测定了6个月时长内不同酸度降水﹑不同土壤深度下模拟石灰土-碳酸盐岩体系降水淋出液的 HCO-3﹑DOC含量和土壤呼吸速率,研究了模拟酸雨对石灰土-石灰岩体系碳汇的影响。结果表明:(1)在土壤深度10~50 cm 匀质状态的样本中,随着土壤厚度的增加,淋出液中 HCO-3含量逐渐增大﹑DOC含量逐渐减小﹑土壤呼吸速率逐渐增大,显示出土壤厚度对石灰土-碳酸盐岩体系的碳汇效应有着明显的影响;(2)在 pH=3.5~6.8的范围内,降水酸度的增强可以抑制岩溶作用与有机碳的溶解,并降低岩溶碳汇效应;(3)在日降水量90~230 mm 范围内,随着降水量的增大碳汇效应也会随之增强。%In order to investigate the influence of rainfall acidity on the carbon sink in a lime soil and carbonate rock system,a leaching test was conducted using lime soil sample developed in pure limestone in Qingyan town and a pure limestone sample of Triassic Daye formation from Huaxi reservoir,Guiyang,comparing to the historical precipitation in Huaxi district,Guiyang.The influence of simulated acid rain on lime soil and the limestone system carbon sink was studied by measuring the HCO-3 content,DOC in the leachates and the soil respiration rate in the lime soil and carbonate rocks system leached over six-months using a range of pre-cipitation acidities and at various depths in the soil.The results showed that,(1)in the homogeneous sample in the soil of 10-50 cm deep ,the content of HCO-3 increased with increased thickness of soil,however the DOC content decreased and the rate of soil respiration increased,indicating that soil thickness significantly affected the carbon sink in

  18. Effect of Simulated Acid Rain on Physiological and Bio-chemical Characteristics of Ficus elastica cv. Deco-ra%模拟酸雨胁迫对橡胶榕生理生化特征的影响

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    吴中军; 李君可

    2011-01-01

    An experiment was conducted to study the effects of simulated acid rain with different pH (3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 7.0) onthe leaf injury, soluble sugar content, catalase activity, net photosynthetic rate, malondialdehyde (MDA) content and freeproline content of the potted seedlings of Ficus elastica cv. Deco-ra. With the decrease of pH value, the percent of foliardamage gradually increased; soluble sugar content first decreased and then increased, and a maximum is attained at pH of3.0; catalase activity firstly increased and then decreased, and its maximum appeared at pH of 4.0; the proline contentand MDA content both gradually increased, and reached their maximum values at pH of 3.0; the net photosynthetic rateshowed an irregular decrease.%采用盆栽方法研究了4种不同pH值(3.0、4.0、5.0、7.0)的模拟酸雨对榕树幼苗叶片损伤、可溶性糖质量分数、净光合速率(Pn)、过氧化氢酶(CAT)活性、丙二醛(MDA)质量摩尔浓度、游离脯氨酸质量摩尔浓度的影响.结果表明:叶片受害率随着pH值的降低而增高;可溶性糖质量分数随着pH值的降低先减小后增高,在pH=3.0时迭最大值;CAT活性随着pH值的降低先增大后降低,在pH=4.0时达最大值;游离脯氨酸、MDA质量摩尔浓度随着pH值的降低均逐渐增高,且都在pH=3.0时达最大值;净光合速率随着pH值的降低与对照相比,呈现不规律下降.

  19. Large deviations and rain showers

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    Wilkinson, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Rainfall from ice-free cumulus clouds requires collisions of large numbers of microscopic droplets to create every raindrop. The onset of rain showers can be surprisingly rapid, much faster than the mean time required for a single collision. Large-deviation theory is used to explain this observation.

  20. Climate change as a confounding factor in reversibility of acidification: RAIN and CLIMEX projects

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    R. F. Wright; Jenkins, A.

    2001-01-01

    The RAIN and CLIMEX experiments at Risdalsheia, southernmost Norway, together cover 17 years (1984-2000) of whole-catchment manipulation of acid deposition and climate. A 1200 m2 roof placed over the forest canopy at KIM catchment excluded about 80% of ambient acid deposition; clean rain was sprinkled under the roof. A climate change treatment (3.7°C increase in air temperature and increase in air carbon dioxide concentrations to 560 ppmv) was superimposed on the clean rain treatment for...

  1. Rain Altimetry - Past, Present and Future

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    Quartly, G. D.

    2006-07-01

    Although radar altimeters are often considered to have an "all weather" capability , this is not strictly true - rain may severely affect the ocean return signal. This paper charts the progress in understanding and modelling of rain's effect, and the various techniques used to flag rain-affected data, both for main taining the quality of altimetric height data and for studies of rain per se. It finishes with some pointers towards the currently active research areas.

  2. The rain-powered cart

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    Mungan, Carl E.; Lipscombe, Trevor C.

    2016-09-01

    A frictionless cart in the shape of a right triangle (with the vertical side forward) is elastically impacted by vertically falling raindrops. The speed of the cart as a function of time can be analytically deduced as an exercise in the use of trigonometric and hyperbolic functions. A characteristic time defines the approach to a terminal speed which is a sizeable fraction of the speed of the rain. The treatment is accessible to a student in a calculus-based mechanics course.

  3. Chemical and isotopic methods for characterization of pollutant sources in rain water

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    The acid rain formation is related with industrial pollution. An isotopic and chemical study of the spatial and temporary distribution of the acidity in the rain gives information about the acidity source. The predominant species in the acid rain are nitrates and sulfates. For the rain monitoring is required the determination of the anion species such as HCO3, Cl, SO4, NO3 and p H. So it was analyzed the cations Na+ , K+ , Ca2+ and Mg2+ to determine the quality analysis. All of them species can be determined with enough accuracy, except HCO3 by modern equipment such as, liquid chromatograph, atomic absorption, etc. The HCO3 concentration is determined by traditional methods like acid-base titration. This work presents the fundamental concepts of the titration method for samples with low alkalinity (carbonic species), for rain water. There is presented a general overview over the isotopic methods for the characterization of the origin of pollutant sources in the rain. (Author)

  4. Strengthening Effects of LaCl3 Treatment on Resistance of Capsicum Seeds to Acid Rain Stress%镧浸种对辣椒种子抗酸雨胁迫能力的强化作用

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    王锦文; 边才苗

    2012-01-01

    为了检测镧浸种对辣椒种子抗酸雨胁迫能力的影响,对来自辣椒种子经镧处理和酸雨胁迫1,3和7d的幼苗生长状况和活性氧代谢进行了测定.结果显示:经镧溶液浸种后,辣椒种子的抗酸雨能力增强,可抵御中强酸雨(pH 3.5)持续胁迫7d,表现为胚根长和幼苗鲜重均达到对照水平;相对于酸雨组,镧处理组辣椒幼苗中POD活性提高了5.4%,MDA含量降低了6.9%;酸雨组的POD活性和MDA含量均高于对照,分别提高3.9%和25.5%,说明酸雨引发的POD合成是应急,不能有效地限制MDA的积累;基于镧对照的POD活性比对照高,而MDA含量没有相应的提高,说明镧浸种提高了幼苗中POD活性的本底水平.因此,稀土元素是作物的免疫刺激物,镧浸种属于抗胁迫锻炼.%To test the resistance of Capsicum seed soaked by LaCl3 solution (10 mg·L-1) to the acid rain (AR) stress,the growth and activate oxygen metabolism of Capsicum seedlings from the seeds treated with La + AR for 1,3 and 7 days were investigated,respectively. The results showed that the resistance of Capsicum seed to AR stress was improved after the seeds were soaked in LaCl3 solution,i. e. the resistance of the seeds treated with La to the AR stress (pH 3.5) lasted totally for 7 days (7AR) ,while the control seeds without La treatment lasted only AR for 3 days. And the root length and fresh weight showed no significant difference from the seeds without treatment ( CK). Compared with the seedlings from seeds treated with 7AR (pH 3. 5),the activity of POD in the seedlings from seeds treated with La + 7AR increased 5.4%,and the content of MDA decreased 6.9%. POD activity and MDA content were higher in the seedlings from seeds treated with 7AR than the CK seedlings,and increased individually 3. 9% and 25. 5%. It indicated that the formation of POD caused by AR was an emergency reaction,which could not effectively inhibit MDA accumulation. POD activity in seedlings from

  5. The adaptation mechanism of plasma membrane H + -atpase in rice leaves to acid rain stress%水稻叶片质膜H+-ATPase对酸雨胁迫的适应机制∗

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    葛玉晴; 吕霞; 梁婵娟∗∗

    2013-01-01

      采用水培法研究酸雨胁迫对水稻叶片质膜 H +-ATPase 活性的影响,结果表明,高强度酸雨(pH 2.5和 pH 3.0组)胁迫下,pH 2.5组质膜 H +-ATPase 活性显著受抑,胞内 pH 降低,POD 活性受抑,pH3.0组质膜H +-ATPase 活性上升,胞内 pH 降低,POD 活性升高,质膜透性和 MDA 含量均增加,Fv/ Fm 和叶鲜重降低;低强度酸雨(3.0< pH≤5.5)胁迫下,质膜 H +-ATPase 活性应激升高,虽胞内 pH 降低,POD 活性升高,质膜未遭明显损伤,对生长的抑制程度明显低于高强度酸雨胁迫.可见,酸雨胁迫下,质膜功能蛋白 H +-ATPase 能在一定范围内调节胞内 pH,进而缓解大量 H +引发的活性氧积累,减轻质膜损伤,从而增强作物对酸雨胁迫的抗逆性和适应性.%The effect of acid rain( AR) on plasma membrane H + -ATPase activity of rice leaves was investigated under hydroponic conditions in order to explore the relationship between change of H + -ATPase activity and adaptation of plants to AR stress. The results show that AR (pH 2. 5) led to a decrease in plasma membrane H + -ATPase activity, intracellular pH and POD activity,while AR ( pH 3. 0) led to an increase in plasma membrane H + -ATPase activity and POD activity and a decrease in intracellular pH Both groups led to an increase in membrane permeability and MDA content, and reduced Fv / Fm and fresh weight of leaves. AR (3. 0 < pH≤5. 5) caused an increase in the plasma membrane H + -ATPase activity and POD activity, and a decrease in intracellular pH. However, no obvious change was observed for membrane permeability and MDA content, indicating that low intensity of AR did not obviously damage cell membrane. Inhibition of low intensity AR on growth was less than that caused by high intensity AR. Under AR stress, H + -ATPase in plasma membrane can regulate intracellular pH within a certain range, and alleviate the damage caused by excess H + on plasma membrane, thereby showing that crop stress resistance

  6. Study on the Change of Soil Organic Matter Content of Moisture Soil in Pearl River Delta by High Intensity Simulated Acid Rain Leaching Experiment%高强度模拟酸雨淋滤珠江三角洲地区潮土的有机质含量变化研究

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    李展强; 杨晓艳; 曾宇斌; 陈福

    2011-01-01

    采用高强度(平均离子强下10年、20年、30年雨量)模拟酸雨淋滤珠江三角洲地区的潮土,用重铬酸钾滴定法测定淋滤后土壤的有机质含量。研究表明:高强度模拟酸雨对土壤有机质含量的影响不大。各层土有机质含量变化最大的为下降13.04%,最小的为-1.33%。%The moisture soil in Pearl Rivet Delta was leached by high intensity(ten,twenty and thirty years rainfall amount) simulated acid rain and the content of soil organic matter was determined by titration with potassium dichromate.The study showed that the high intensity simulated acid rain had little influence on the change of soil organic matter content.The maximum percent of decrement of soil organic matter content was 13.04 %,and the minimum was-1.33 %.

  7. Quality in the organizations (enterprises and institutions of production and of services). Validation of the determination by atomic absorption of sodium and potassium in acid rain; Calidad de las organizaciones (empresas e instituciones de produccion y de servicios). Validacion de la determinacion por absorcion atomica de sodio y potasio en lluvia acida

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    Arreola T, D.L

    2005-07-01

    The present work is focused to the environmental area and in specific to the validation of an analytical method by means of one of the techniques more used for the determination of metals, the atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Applied to the study of the acid rain and its diverse forms in the nature. As well as their consequences and the role that the man carries out in the contribution toward this phenomenon. To approach the following text it will be mention shortly how is distributed, beginning with the introduction that is about the importance of the role of the acid rain, its effects and repercussions in the environment. In the first chapter the points that we should be evaluated to carry out a validation are analyzed. Being the main ones, the precision, accuracy, lineal interval, among others. Continuing in the second chapter with the foundation study, equipment and interferences of the atomic absorption spectrophotometry technique. The last chapter contains the experimental part, continuing for each evaluated point, from the experimental development, results and its analysis. (Author)

  8. MAP3S/RAINE precipitation chemistry network: quality control

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    1980-10-01

    The participants of the precipitation chemistry network of the Multi-State Atmospheric Power Production Pollution Study/Regional Acidity of Industrial Emissions (MAP3S/RAINE) have developed procedures for maintenance of high quality output from the network operation. The documented procedures-most of which were in place before the network began sampling in 1976-include those for site selection and verification, field equipment, laboratory and data handling, and external laboratory quality testing.

  9. MEASUREMENTS OF RAIN DROP SIZE DISTRBUTION FROM RADAR REFLECTIVITY AND ASSOCIATED RAIN ATTENUATION OF RADIO WAVES

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    A. B. Bhattacharya,

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Radar measurements of rainfall at different climatological conditions have been taken into account emphasizing rain rate and associated radar reflectivity. It is observed from the analysis that thereflectivity measurement is being consistent at high rain intensities. From the knowledge of radar reflectivity, the rain drop size distribution is examined. The most probable drop size diameter and rain rate have been calculated wherefrom it appears that the most probable rain drop size vary exponentially with radar reflectivity and also with rain rate. The theoretical model implemented by using the measured rain drop sizes over the tropical sites also show similar kind of variation. For estimating rain attenuation two important parameters, viz., the point rainfall rates and the vertical and horizontal structures of rain have been considered. The elevation angle we have chosen is ~ 560 as most of the stations in India havethat value of elevation angle with geostationary satellite. Taking the frequencies 11 to 14 GHz separately and 00 C isotherm height as 5.0 km, the effective rain height values are determined. The attenuation of radio waves due to rain are calculated for different rain rates assigning different γ-values. The attenuation is found to vary significantly with the γ-values. Also the attenuation curves are closer when the γ-values are of low order. An increase in attenuation with the γ-values is found to be more prominent for higher rain rates.

  10. Rain from Tropical Storm Noel

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    2007-01-01

    Though not the most powerful storm of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane season, Tropical Storm Noel was among the most deadly. Only Category 5 Hurricane Felix and its associated flooding had a higher toll. The slow-moving Tropical Storm Noel inundated the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas with heavy rain between October 28 and November 1, 2007. The resulting floods and mudslides left at least 115 dead and thousands homeless throughout the Caribbean, reported the Associated Press on November 2, 2007. This image shows the distribution of the rainfall that made Noel a deadly storm. The image shows rainfall totals as measured by the Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from October 26 through November 1, 2007. The analysis is based on measurements taken by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. The heaviest rainfall fell in the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, northeast of Noel's center. Areas of dark red show that rainfall totals over the south-central Dominican Republic and parts of the Bahamas were over 551 millimeters (21 inches). Much of eastern Hispaniola, including both the Dominican Republic and Haiti received at least 200 mm (about 8 inches) of rain, shown in yellow. Rainfall totals over Haiti and Cuba were less, with a range of at least 50 mm (2 inches) to over 200 mm (8 inches).

  11. Effects of simulated acid rain on seed germination and seedling growth of different type corn (Zea mays)%模拟酸雨对不同类型玉米种子萌发和幼苗生长的影响

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    张海艳

    2013-01-01

    以普通玉米、糯玉米、爆裂玉米和甜玉米为材料,研究了不同模拟酸雨(pH 6.0、5.0、4.0、3.0、2.0、1.0)对玉米种子萌发和幼苗生长的影响.结果表明:pH 2.0 ~5.0模拟酸雨对玉米种子萌发和幼苗生长没有显著影响;pH l.0处理的普通玉米、糯玉米、爆裂玉米和甜玉米的种子发芽率分别为91.3%、68.7%、27.5%和11.7%.与pH 6.0处理(CK)相比,pH l.0模拟酸雨显著降低了玉米种子的发芽率、发芽指数、活力指数、发芽速度、苗高、根长、苗和根干物质、贮藏物质运转效率,延长了平均发芽时间.pH l.0模拟酸雨对玉米幼苗生长阶段的影响大于发芽阶段,对幼苗地下部分的影响大于地上部分;受基因型的影响,普通玉米和糯玉米的抗酸雨能力最强,其次为爆裂玉米,甜玉米最差.玉米属于抗酸雨作物,酸雨抑制阈值介于pH1.0~2.0之间.酸雨地区可优先选择种植普通玉米和糯玉米.%Taking normal corn,waxy corn,pop corn,and sweet corn as test materials,this paper studied their seed germination and seedling growth under effects of simulated acid rain (pH 6.0,5.0,4.0,3.0,2.0,and 1.0).Simulated acid rain at pH 2.0-5.0 had no significant effects on the seed germination and seedling growth,but at pH 1.0,the germination rate of normal corn,waxy corn,pop corn,and sweet corn was 91.3%,68.7%,27.5%,and 11.7%,respectively.As compared with those at pH 6.0 (CK),the germination rate,germination index,vigor index,germination velocity,shoot height,root length,shoot and root dry mass,and the transformation rate of stored substances at pH 1.0 had significant decrease,and the average germination time extended apparently.At pH 1.0,the effects of acid rain were greater at seedling growth stage than at germination stage,and greater on underground part than on aboveground part.Due to the differences in gene type,normal corn and waxy corn had the strongest capability against acid rain

  12. Desert Dust and Monsoon Rain

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    Lau, William K. M.; Kim, Kyu-Myong

    2014-01-01

    For centuries, inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent have know that heavy dust events brought on by strong winds occur frequently in the pre-monsoon season, before the onset of heavy rain. Yet scientists have never seriously considered the possibility that natural dust can affect monsoon rainfall. Up to now, most studies of the impacts of aerosols on Indian monsoon rainfall have focused on anthropogenic aerosols in the context of climate change. However, a few recent studies have show that aerosols from antropogenic and natural sources over the Indian subcontinent may affect the transition from break to active monsoon phases on short timescales of days to weeks. Writing in Nature Geoscience, Vinoj and colleagues describe how they have shown that desert dust aerosols over the Arabian Sea and West Asia can strenghten the summer monsoon over the Indial subcontinent in a matter of days.

  13. Rain garden guidelines for southwest Ohio

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    Rain gardens are a unique and practical landscape feature that can enhance the beauty of home gardens. When properly installed, they are one method of limiting the negative effects of rainfall runoff in urban areas. Indeed, rain gardens turn a "negative" into a "positive" by capt...

  14. Non-rain deposition significantly modifies rain samples at a coastal site

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    R. Losno; Colin, J.L.; Spokes, L.; T. Jickells; M. Schulz; Rebers, A.; Leermakers, M.; Meuleman, C.; Baeyens, W.F.J.

    1998-01-01

    Rain water sampling in marine areas was undertaken by four groups working independently at the same lime at the same place. The analytical results of the samples collected exhibit large variations and the main cause of these variations is the "non-rain deposition" as sea salt during the rain itself. The collected water is a mixture of rain water and variable amounts of more concentrated sea salt transported by the wind. This non-rain deposition is influenced by the exposure geometry of the sa...

  15. Chemical Composition of Rain Water in Lebanon

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    Samples of rainfall water were collected from fifteen stations in Lebanon during the period between October 1999 and April 2000 (the rainy season in Lebanon). Nine of these stations are distributed along the urban coastal cities, from the north to the south. The remaining 6 stations which have different altitudes ranging fom 400 m to 1200 m high are distributed in the mountainous rural areas. The concentrations of major cations (H+ ,Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+ and NH+4) and major anions (Cl-, NO-3 , HCO-3 and SO2-4 are determined for the first time in Lebanon. It has been found that the rain water is not acidic, due to the presence of carbonate dust particles in the atmosphere, which arise from the natural carbonate rocks, especially predominance in the mountains and internal regions of Lebanon. The high predominance of Na+ and Cl- in the coastal investigated stations, is attributed to marine aerosol spray. The concentrations of SO-4 and NO-3 are close to the concentrations expected in typical urban areas. The correlation between the concentration of chemical species confirms the influence of natural and anthropogenic sources. (author)

  16. Climate change as a confounding factor in reversibility of acidification: RAIN and CLIMEX projects

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    R. F. Wright; Jenkins, A.

    2001-01-01

    International audience The RAIN and CLIMEX experiments at Risdalsheia, southernmost Norway, together cover 17 years (1984-2000) of whole-catchment manipulation of acid deposition and climate. A 1200 m2 roof placed over the forest canopy at KIM catchment excluded about 80% of ambient acid deposition; clean rain was sprinkled under the roof. A climate change treatment (3.7°C increase in air temperature and increase in air carbon dioxide concentrations to 560 ppmv) was superimposed on the cle...

  17. NESDIS Blended Rain Rate (RR) Products

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The blended Rain Rate (RR) product is derived from multiple sensors/satellites. The blended products were merged from polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite...

  18. Rain Erosion/Measurement Impact Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The FARM Rain Erosion/Impact Measurement Lab develops solutions for deficiencies in the ability of materials, coatings and designs to withstand a severe operational...

  19. Vegetation and pollen rain relationship from the tropical Atlantic rain forest in Southern Brazil

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    Hermann Behling; Raquel R.B. Negrelle

    2006-01-01

    The relationship between the southern Brazilian tropical Atlantic lowland rain forest and modern pollen rain was studied by pollen traps. The study was carried out on a one hectare plot undisturbed rain forest of the reserve Volta Velha and two secondary forests, ± 50 and 7 years old. About 248 identified tree, shrub and herb species (excluding epiphytes) of 50 families were represented by 126 different pollen and spore types (including non-local taxa). The calculated average influx of...

  20. Simulating Rain Fade In A Communication System

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    Shalkhauser, Kurt A.; Nagy, Lawrence A.; Svoboda, James K.

    1994-01-01

    Automated, computer-controlled assembly of electronic equipment developed for use in simulation testing of downlink portion of Earth/satellite microwave digital communication system. Designed to show effects upon performance of system of rain-induced fading in received signal and increases in transmitted power meant to compensate for rain-induced fading. Design of communication system improved iteratively in response to results of simulations, leading eventually to design ensuring clear, uninterrupted transmission of digital signals.

  1. Providing driving rain data for hygrothermal calculations

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    Kragh, Mikkel Kristian

    1996-01-01

    Due to a wish for driving rain data as input for hygrothermal calculations, this report deals with utilizing commonly applied empirical relations and standard meteorological data, in an attempt to provide realistic estimates rather than exact correlations.......Due to a wish for driving rain data as input for hygrothermal calculations, this report deals with utilizing commonly applied empirical relations and standard meteorological data, in an attempt to provide realistic estimates rather than exact correlations....

  2. Raine syndrome: expanding the radiological spectrum

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    Koob, Meriam; Dietemann, Jean-Louis [CHU de Strasbourg Hopital de Hautepierre, Service de Radiologie 2, Strasbourg (France); Doray, Berenice; Fradin, Melanie [CHU de Strasbourg, Hopital de Hautepierre, Laboratoire de Genetique Medicale, Strasbourg (France); Astruc, Dominique [CHU de Strasbourg Hopital de Hautepierre, Service de Neonatologie, Strasbourg (France)

    2011-03-15

    We describe ante- and postnatal imaging of a 1-year-old otherwise healthy girl with Raine syndrome. She presented with neonatal respiratory distress related to a pyriform aperture stenosis, which was diagnosed on CT. Signs of chondrodysplasia punctata, sagittal vertebral clefting and intervertebral disc and renal calcifications were also found on imaging. This new case confirms that Raine syndrome is not always lethal. The overlapping imaging signs with chondrodysplasia punctata and the disseminated calcifications give new insights into its pathophysiology. (orig.)

  3. Killing effects of compound pollution from the simulated acid rain and its activated AI3+ on small and medium-sized soil animals%模拟酸雨及其活化Al3+构成的复合污染对中小型土壤动物的毒杀效果

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    孟磊; 章家恩; 徐华勤; 余家瑜; 秦钟; 谢俊芳; 全国明

    2011-01-01

    酸雨可引起土壤中铝离子的活化而造成铝毒问题,因此酸雨及其活化的金属铝离子势必造成对土壤中小型动物的复合污染与影响.为此,通过室内模拟试验,研究3种优势土壤动物直接暴露在4种不同酸度的模拟酸雨和4种不同铝离子浓度梯度组合而构成的复合污染处理条件下的死亡率,以探明酸雨通过降低土壤酸度同时活化Al3+对土壤动物的叠加影响效应.研究结果表明:弹尾目、线虫、蜱螨目等土壤动物直接暴露在酸水和铝离子的复合溶液中,其死亡率总体上均会随着酸水pH值的降低和Al3+离子浓度的升高而增加.通过单因素和双因素方差分析还发现,不同类群的土壤动物对模拟酸雨pH和溶液中Al3+含量的敏感性各不相同,其中酸水和铝离子复合胁迫对线虫和蜱螨目动物死亡率的影响并没有表现出明显的交互作用,但对弹尾目土壤动物死亡率存在显著的交互作用影响.%Acid rain can activate Al3+ in soil, and hence result in secondary aluminum toxic problems which would bring compound pollution and influences on growth of soil animals. In order to examine the coupling effects of simulated acid rain and its activated Al3+ on three major kinds of small and medium-sized dorminant animals in soil, a lab simulation experiment including sixteen different treatments which were combined four pH simulated acid rain solutions with four Al3+ concentrations was carried to study mortality of three kind of soil animals exposed in above 16 compound solutions. The result showed that mortality rate of the tested soil animals increased with the decrease of pH value and rise of Al3+concentration of the compound solutions. This experiment also showed that different soil animals had different sensitivities to pH and Al3+ concentration of the solutions, integration of acid water and Al3+ concentration had no significant mutual influences on Nematoda and Acarina, but

  4. Regulation functions of Ca^(2+) physiological of Zephyranthes candida under simulated acid rain stress%模拟酸雨胁迫下Ca^(2+)对葱兰(Zephyranthes candida)的调控作用

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    杨慧; 潘远智

    2011-01-01

    探讨不同pH模拟酸雨对葱兰主要生理特性的影响及Ca2+的调控作用。通过盆栽试验,研究10mmol/LCa(NO3)2处理后不同pH(2.0、2.5、3.0、4.0和5.6)模拟酸雨胁迫对葱兰的有机物代谢、膜系统稳定性、抗氧化酶活性、叶绿素(Chl)及气体交换参数的影响。结果表明:随着pH的降低,葱兰叶片相对电导率(γ)、丙二醛(MDA)和超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)逐渐升高,可溶性蛋白、可溶性糖含量和过氧化物酶(POD)逐渐下降;Chl和净光合速率(Pn)随pH的降低而降低,气孔导度(Gs)和胞间CO2浓度(ci)先随pH的降低而升高,当pH 2.0时显著降低;在pH≤4.0时,可溶性糖与pH呈显著正相关,SOD和Pn均与pH呈显著负相关。同一强度酸雨胁迫下,经10mmol/L Ca(NO3)2处理后,葱兰叶片中可溶性蛋白、可溶性糖、POD、SOD、Chl和Pn均有不同程度的升高,γ和MDA显著降低,且各指标的变化随pH的降低变化不明显。模拟酸雨胁迫下,Ca2+能增强葱兰各项生理功能的稳定性,从而减轻酸雨对葱兰的伤害,试验还发现,Ca2+对葱兰的调控作用在强酸度(pH≤3.0)胁迫下,效果更明显。%The objective of this experiment is to study the effect of simulated acid rain at different pH levels on physiological of Zephyranthes candida Herb.and the regulation function of Ca2+.With pot experiments,this paper studies the effect of simulated acid rain that included 5 different pH levels(pH 2.0,2.5,3.0,4.0 and 5.6) and the regulation function of Ca2+ on the organic matter metabolism,and membrane damage,and antioxidant enzyme activity,Chl content,and gas exchange parameters of Zephyranthes candida leaves.With the decrease of the pH,value of REC,MDA and SOD,increased gradually while value of soluble protein,soluble sugar,POD,Chl and Pn decreased gradually,Gs and Ci were firstly increased and then significantly reduced in pH2.0;when pH≤4.0,there was a

  5. Dimethyl sulfide in the Amazon rain forest

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    Jardine, K.; Yañez-Serrano, A. M.; Williams, J.; Kunert, N.; Jardine, A.; Taylor, T.; Abrell, L.; Artaxo, P.; Guenther, A.; Hewitt, C. N.; House, E.; Florentino, A. P.; Manzi, A.; Higuchi, N.; Kesselmeier, J.; Behrendt, T.; Veres, P. R.; Derstroff, B.; Fuentes, J. D.; Martin, S. T.; Andreae, M. O.

    2015-01-01

    Surface-to-atmosphere emissions of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) may impact global climate through the formation of gaseous sulfuric acid, which can yield secondary sulfate aerosols and contribute to new particle formation. While oceans are generally considered the dominant sources of DMS, a shortage of ecosystem observations prevents an accurate analysis of terrestrial DMS sources. Using mass spectrometry, we quantified ambient DMS mixing ratios within and above a primary rainforest ecosystem in the central Amazon Basin in real-time (2010-2011) and at high vertical resolution (2013-2014). Elevated but highly variable DMS mixing ratios were observed within the canopy, showing clear evidence of a net ecosystem source to the atmosphere during both day and night in both the dry and wet seasons. Periods of high DMS mixing ratios lasting up to 8 h (up to 160 parts per trillion (ppt)) often occurred within the canopy and near the surface during many evenings and nights. Daytime gradients showed mixing ratios (up to 80 ppt) peaking near the top of the canopy as well as near the ground following a rain event. The spatial and temporal distribution of DMS suggests that ambient levels and their potential climatic impacts are dominated by local soil and plant emissions. A soil source was confirmed by measurements of DMS emission fluxes from Amazon soils as a function of temperature and soil moisture. Furthermore, light- and temperature-dependent DMS emissions were measured from seven tropical tree species. Our study has important implications for understanding terrestrial DMS sources and their role in coupled land-atmosphere climate feedbacks.

  6. Rain-Shelter Cultivation Modifies Carbon Allocation in the Polyphenolic and Volatile Metabolism of Vitis vinifera L. Chardonnay Grapes

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    Han, Mei-Mei; Yang, Xiao-Fan; Li, Zheng; Wang, Jun; Pan, Qiu-Hong

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the effect of rain-shelter cultivation on the biosynthesis of flavonoids and volatiles in grapes, with an aim of determining whether rain-shelter application could help to improve the sensory attributes and quality of grapes. Vitis vinifera L. Chardonnay grapes, grown in the Huaizhuo basin region of northern China, were selected within two consecutive years. A rain-shelter roof was constructed using a colorless polyethylene (PE) film with a light transmittance of 80%. Results showed that rain-shelter treatment did not affect the accumulation of soluble solids during grape maturation. However, the allocation of assimilated carbon in phenolic and volatile biosynthetic pathways varied significantly, leading to alterations in polyphenolic and volatile profiles. The rain-shelter cultivation enhanced the concentration of flavan-3-ols via the flavonoid-3’5’-hydroxylase (F3’5’H) pathway, but reduced the level of flavonols and flavan-3-ols via the flavonoid-3’-hydroxylase (F3’H) pathway. In addition, the rain-shelter cultivation significantly enhanced the synthesis of fatty acid-derived volatiles, isoprene-derived terpenoids and amino acid-derived branched-chain aliphatics, but led to a decrease in the accumulation of isoprene-derived norisoprenoids and amino acid-derived benzenoids. Principal component analysis revealed some key compounds that differentiated the grapes cultivated under open-field and rain-shelter conditions. Moreover, the effect of the rain-shelter application on the accumulation of these compounds appeared to be vintage dependent. The alteration of their profiles caused by the rain-shelter treatment was significant in the vintage that received higher rainfall, which usually took place in the first rapid growth and veraison phases. PMID:27218245

  7. Rain-Shelter Cultivation Modifies Carbon Allocation in the Polyphenolic and Volatile Metabolism of Vitis vinifera L. Chardonnay Grapes.

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    Gao, Yuan; Li, Xiao-Xi; Han, Mei-Mei; Yang, Xiao-Fan; Li, Zheng; Wang, Jun; Pan, Qiu-Hong

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the effect of rain-shelter cultivation on the biosynthesis of flavonoids and volatiles in grapes, with an aim of determining whether rain-shelter application could help to improve the sensory attributes and quality of grapes. Vitis vinifera L. Chardonnay grapes, grown in the Huaizhuo basin region of northern China, were selected within two consecutive years. A rain-shelter roof was constructed using a colorless polyethylene (PE) film with a light transmittance of 80%. Results showed that rain-shelter treatment did not affect the accumulation of soluble solids during grape maturation. However, the allocation of assimilated carbon in phenolic and volatile biosynthetic pathways varied significantly, leading to alterations in polyphenolic and volatile profiles. The rain-shelter cultivation enhanced the concentration of flavan-3-ols via the flavonoid-3'5'-hydroxylase (F3'5'H) pathway, but reduced the level of flavonols and flavan-3-ols via the flavonoid-3'-hydroxylase (F3'H) pathway. In addition, the rain-shelter cultivation significantly enhanced the synthesis of fatty acid-derived volatiles, isoprene-derived terpenoids and amino acid-derived branched-chain aliphatics, but led to a decrease in the accumulation of isoprene-derived norisoprenoids and amino acid-derived benzenoids. Principal component analysis revealed some key compounds that differentiated the grapes cultivated under open-field and rain-shelter conditions. Moreover, the effect of the rain-shelter application on the accumulation of these compounds appeared to be vintage dependent. The alteration of their profiles caused by the rain-shelter treatment was significant in the vintage that received higher rainfall, which usually took place in the first rapid growth and veraison phases. PMID:27218245

  8. Rain-Shelter Cultivation Modifies Carbon Allocation in the Polyphenolic and Volatile Metabolism of Vitis vinifera L. Chardonnay Grapes.

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    Full Text Available This study investigated the effect of rain-shelter cultivation on the biosynthesis of flavonoids and volatiles in grapes, with an aim of determining whether rain-shelter application could help to improve the sensory attributes and quality of grapes. Vitis vinifera L. Chardonnay grapes, grown in the Huaizhuo basin region of northern China, were selected within two consecutive years. A rain-shelter roof was constructed using a colorless polyethylene (PE film with a light transmittance of 80%. Results showed that rain-shelter treatment did not affect the accumulation of soluble solids during grape maturation. However, the allocation of assimilated carbon in phenolic and volatile biosynthetic pathways varied significantly, leading to alterations in polyphenolic and volatile profiles. The rain-shelter cultivation enhanced the concentration of flavan-3-ols via the flavonoid-3'5'-hydroxylase (F3'5'H pathway, but reduced the level of flavonols and flavan-3-ols via the flavonoid-3'-hydroxylase (F3'H pathway. In addition, the rain-shelter cultivation significantly enhanced the synthesis of fatty acid-derived volatiles, isoprene-derived terpenoids and amino acid-derived branched-chain aliphatics, but led to a decrease in the accumulation of isoprene-derived norisoprenoids and amino acid-derived benzenoids. Principal component analysis revealed some key compounds that differentiated the grapes cultivated under open-field and rain-shelter conditions. Moreover, the effect of the rain-shelter application on the accumulation of these compounds appeared to be vintage dependent. The alteration of their profiles caused by the rain-shelter treatment was significant in the vintage that received higher rainfall, which usually took place in the first rapid growth and veraison phases.

  9. Endangering of the groundwater by acid rain - investigations in the catchment area of a drinking-water gallery of the Wiesbadener Hochtaunus. Pt. 1. Presentation of the investigation area and description of the water section-model

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    A research programme for water- and groundwater-acidification was realized in the catchment-area of the shallow groundwater-gallery ''Kalter Born'', which is part of the public water supply of Wiesbaden. The water chemistry of the sources and galleries shows the strongest acidification in the upper part of the aquifer, whereas the deeper groundwater sections show less acidification symptoms. Therefore the water of the deep gallery ''Kellerskopfstollen'' is nearly free of acidification signs in consequence of its long percolation distance (about 200-300 m) between the infiltration level and the gallery. On the other hand, we get an absolutely acid water with pH-values of about 4 and aluminium-concentrations of about 6 mg/l from the upper sources representing the highest groundwater level in the investigation area. As a whole, the aquifer can at least be separated in 4 levels of well distinguishable acidification rates. An exact analysis of the change of ion-concentrations by the water passage between the different water sections shows, that a considerable part of the acid depositions (H+) is temporarily neutralized by the aluminium puffer close below the infiltration level. So the acid is transported downwards masked as aluminium sulfates. In deeper regions the masked acid is converted and finally neutralized by contact with carbonates. (orig.)

  10. Relationships between soil moisture and needle-fall in Masson pine forests in acid rain region of Chongqing, Southwest China%重庆酸雨区受害马尾松林土壤水分与针叶凋落的关系

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    王轶浩; 王彦辉; 李振华; 于澎涛; 熊伟; 郝佳; 段健

    2012-01-01

    From March 2009 to November 2011, an investigation was conducted on the spatiotem-poral variation of soil moisture and its effects on the needle-fall in Masson pine (Pinus massoniana) forests in acid rain region of Chongqing, Southeast China, with the corresponding soil moisture thresholds determined. No matter the annual precipitation was abundant, normal or less than average , the seasonal variation of soil moisture in the forests could be obviously divided into four periods , i. e. , sufficient ( before May) , descending ( from June to July) , drought ( from August to September), and recovering (from October to November). With increasing soil depth, the soil moisture content increased after an initial decrease, but the difference of the soil moisture content among different soil layers decreased with decreasing annual precipitation. The amount of monthly needle-fall in the forests in growth season was significantly correlated with the water storage in root zone (0-60 cm soil layer) , especially in the main root zone (20-50 cm soil layer). Soil field capacity (or capillary porosity) and 82% of field capacity (or 80% of capillary porosity) were the main soil moisture thresholds affecting the litter-fall. It was suggested that in acid rain region, Mas-son pine forest was easily to suffer from water deficit stress, especially in dry-summer period. The water deficit stress, together with already existed acid rain stress, would further threaten the health of the Masson forest.%2009年3月-2011年11月,研究了重庆铁山坪酸雨区马尾松林土壤水分的时空变化及其对针叶凋落的影响,并确定了其相应的土壤水分阈值.结果表明:无论是丰水年、平水年还是少水年,马尾松林土壤水分年内变化均明显分为丰富期(5月前)、下降期(6-7月)、伏旱期(8-9月)和恢复期(10-11月);随土层深度增加,土壤含水量先减少后增加,各土层间土壤含水量的差异随年降水量的

  11. Study on Germination Characteristics of Perilla frutescens under Simulation Environment of Acid Rain and Bryophyta%模拟酸雨及苔藓植物化感条件下紫苏种子萌发特性的研究

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    谢天; 江安娜; 王曼君; 颜凤; 方元平; 项俊

    2012-01-01

    通过模拟酸雨胁迫及苔藓化感作用两种不同的生长环境,初步探讨了模拟酸雨及3种苔藓凤尾藓(Fissidens bryoides)、提灯藓(Mnium hornum)、缩叶藓(Ptychomitrium)种植水对紫苏(Perilla frutescens)种子萌发特性的影响.结果表明,pH为5.0及以上的低浓度模拟酸雨环境对紫苏种子的萌发及幼苗生长影响不大,但随着酸化程度的加深,对紫苏种子萌发的抑制作用明显增加,当pH降到1.0时种子不发芽.紫苏幼苗叶片POD活力随胁迫时间的延长呈先升后降的趋势.而叶片MDA含量除pH为5.0处理组与对照组相近外,其他胁迫浓度下均有显著增加,说明pH低于5.0紫苏幼苗生长受到较严重损害.在苔藓种植水培养环境中,与对照组相比,紫苏种子发芽率、发芽指数、活力指数均随苔藓植物种植水浓度的升高而升高,在浓度为100%时对种子萌发的促进效果最为显著.%By simulating two different growth environment, acid rain stress and moss allelopathy, the effects of acid rain and three bryophyte cultivate water (Fissidens bryoides ,Mnium hornum,Ptychomitrium) on Perilla frutescens seed germination was studied. The results showed that the simulated acid rain with pH lower than 5.0 had little effect on P. frutescens seed germination and seedling growth; as the increasing of acidification, there was a significant inhibition of seed germination, and the seed could not germinate under the pH lower than 1.0. The POD activity in P. frutescens blade increased firstly and then decreased as the stress time prolonged, and the MDA content was decreased when pH was lower than 5.0, suggesting that P. frutescens seedling growth was affected by pH lower than 5.0. In the culture water environment, compared to the control, P. frutescens germination rate, germination index, vigor index increased as the bryophyte planting concentration increasing, and the treatment with the most significant effect was 100% bryophyte planting

  12. Climate change as a confounding factor in reversibility of acidification: RAIN and CLIMEX projects

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The RAIN and CLIMEX experiments at Risdalsheia, southernmost Norway, together cover 17 years (1984-2000 of whole-catchment manipulation of acid deposition and climate. A 1200 m2 roof placed over the forest canopy at KIM catchment excluded about 80% of ambient acid deposition; clean rain was sprinkled under the roof. A climate change treatment (3.7°C increase in air temperature and increase in air carbon dioxide concentrations to 560 ppmv was superimposed on the clean rain treatment for four years (1995-1998. Sea-salt inputs and temperature are climate-related factors that influence water chemistry and can confound long-term trends caused by changes in deposition of sulphur and nitrogen. The RAIN and CLIMEX experiments at Risdalsheia provided direct experimental data that allow quantitative assessment of these factors. Run-off chemistry responded rapidly to the decreased acid deposition. Sulphate concentrations decreased by 50% within three years; nitrate and ammonium concentrations decreased to new steady-state levels within the first year. Acid neutralising capacity increased and hydrogen ion and inorganic aluminium decreased. Similar recovery from acidification was also observed at the reference catchment, ROLF, in response to the general 50% reduction in sulphate deposition over southern Norway in the late 1980s and 1990s. Variations in sea-salt deposition caused large variations in run-off chemistry at the reference catchment ROLF and the year-to-year noise in acid neutralising capacity was as large as the overall trend over the period. These variations were absent at KIM catchment because the sea-salt inputs were held constant over the entire 17 years of the clean rain treatment. The climate change experiment at KIM catchment resulted in increased leaching of inorganic nitrogen, probably due to increased mineralisation and nitrification rates in the soils. Keywords: acid deposition, global change, water, soil, catchment, experiment, Norway.

  13. RAINS: Regional Air Pollution Information and Simulation

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    Only one computer model has ever been at the center of major international environmental negotiations. That model is RAINS. Twice it has been central to renegotiation of the Convention of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, the umbrella convention regarding air pollution across all Europe. It also underpins the European Union policy and directives on air pollution. Countries in Southeast Asia are turning to the model for help with their growing air pollution problems. RAINS will be used to determine emission ceilings for emissions of four key pollutants in EU countries - sulphur, ammonia, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. The same four pollutants are also the subject of a parallel negotiation in Geneva under the convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. The article and illustrations outline the model`s development and its structure in 1998, the historic role it has played in negotiations and some examples of its output. They highlight the central role of IIASA`s Transboundary Air Pollution project where a team of 12 works on the RAINS model and related issues. IIASA`s next goal is to develop a model of particulates pollution and incorporate it into RAINS. The information needed (such as particle sizes and chemical properties) and at what geographical scale must be identified to create an inventory of emissions suitable for RAINS modelling. 6 figs., 1 tab.

  14. MULTIDIMENSIONAL MODELING OF CORONAL RAIN DYNAMICS

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    Fang, X.; Xia, C.; Keppens, R. [Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, Department of Mathematics, KU Leuven, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2013-07-10

    We present the first multidimensional, magnetohydrodynamic simulations that capture the initial formation and long-term sustainment of the enigmatic coronal rain phenomenon. We demonstrate how thermal instability can induce a spectacular display of in situ forming blob-like condensations which then start their intimate ballet on top of initially linear force-free arcades. Our magnetic arcades host a chromospheric, transition region, and coronal plasma. Following coronal rain dynamics for over 80 minutes of physical time, we collect enough statistics to quantify blob widths, lengths, velocity distributions, and other characteristics which directly match modern observational knowledge. Our virtual coronal rain displays the deformation of blobs into V-shaped features, interactions of blobs due to mostly pressure-mediated levitations, and gives the first views of blobs that evaporate in situ or are siphoned over the apex of the background arcade. Our simulations pave the way for systematic surveys of coronal rain showers in true multidimensional settings to connect parameterized heating prescriptions with rain statistics, ultimately allowing us to quantify the coronal heating input.

  15. Propagating Characteristics of Pulsed Laser in Rain

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To understand the performance of laser ranging system under the rain weather condition, we need to know the propagating characteristics of laser pulse in rain. In this paper, the absorption and attenuation coefficients were calculated based on the scattering theories in discrete stochastic media, and the propagating characteristics of laser pulse in rain were simulated and analyzed using Monte-Carlo method. Some simulation results were verified by experiments, and the simulation results are well matched with the experimental data, with the maximal deviation not less than 7.5%. The results indicated that the propagating laser beam would be attenuated and distorted due to the scattering and absorption of raindrops, and the energy attenuation and pulse shape distortion strongly depended on the laser pulse widths.

  16. Multidimensional modeling of coronal rain dynamics

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    Fang, X; Keppens, R

    2013-01-01

    We present the first multidimensional, magnetohydrodynamic simulations which capture the initial formation and the long-term sustainment of the enigmatic coronal rain phenomenon. We demonstrate how thermal instability can induce a spectacular display of in-situ forming blob-like condensations which then start their intimate ballet on top of initially linear force-free arcades. Our magnetic arcades host chromospheric, transition region, and coronal plasma. Following coronal rain dynamics for over 80 minutes physical time, we collect enough statistics to quantify blob widths, lengths, velocity distributions, and other characteristics which directly match with modern observational knowledge. Our virtual coronal rain displays the deformation of blobs into $V$-shaped like features, interactions of blobs due to mostly pressure-mediated levitations, and gives the first views on blobs which evaporate in situ, or get siphoned over the apex of the background arcade. Our simulations pave the way for systematic surveys o...

  17. Rain in the U.S. Midwest

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    The powerful storms that moved across the U.S. Midwest during the first week of May 2007 brought wind, hail, tornadoes, and drenching rain. This image shows rainfall totals over parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska between May 1 and May 8, based in part on measurements made by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. More than 400 millimeters (15.7 inches) of rain fell over some regions, corresponding with locations where the National Weather Service reported severe weather. A wide swath of red and orange (between 240 and 400 millimeters of rain) arcs in a clockwise direction from western Oklahoma, through central Kansas, and into southeastern Nebraska. The reddish-orange bull's-eye over southeastern Louisiana is evidence of the torrential rains that pounded visitors to the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival. South-central Texas' Edward Plateau was soaked with more than 240 millimeters of rain during the period, as well. From May 4 to May 8, the National Weather Service received approximately 683 reports of severe weather, 140 of which were reports of tornadoes, including the massive F5 tornado that devastated the city of Greensburg, Kansas. Beyond the damaging winds and tornadoes, the torrential rain triggered extensive flooding throughout the Central Plains. On the evening of May 7, flood warnings were in effect from South Dakota to southern Texas, and by May 8, the Hydrologic Information Center reported moderate to major flooding at 53 stream gauge sites in South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas. The floods could be as severe as the 1993 flood, one of the costliest floods in U.S. history, reported the Associated Press.

  18. Study on the Characteristics of Climatic Change and the Formation of Acid Rain in Xiamen%厦门市气候特征变化与酸雨形成研究

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    2014-01-01

    对地面风场的研究表明,厦门存在局地和海陆风环流,自1955年以来年平均风速、混合层厚度均呈现下降趋势,大气污染物的水平和垂直扩散能力也呈下降趋势。降水酸度随海拔高度的变化情况表明,海陆风环流有利于酸性污染物的积累,且锋面降水过程中的光化学污染加重了降水的酸化程度。%Research on surface wind field indicated the presence of local circulation and sea and land breeze circulation in Xiamen.Since 1955 the annual average wind speed and the mixed layer thickness showed the downtrend,which indicated that the horizontal and vertical diffusion capacity of atmospheric pollutants were also declined.The acidity of precipitation changed with the altitude indicated that the sea and land breeze circulation was beneficial to the accumulation of acidic pollutants, the photochemical pollution in the frontal precipitation process increased the degree of acidification of precipitation.

  19. Rain initiation time in turbulent warm clouds

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    Falkovich, G; Vucelja, M

    2004-01-01

    We present a mean-field model that describes droplet growth due to condensation and collisions and droplet loss due to fallout. The model allows for an effective numerical simulation. We study how the rain initiation time depends on different parameters. We also present a simple model that allows one to estimate the rain initiation time for turbulent clouds with an inhomogeneous concentration of cloud condensation nuclei. In particular, we show that over-seeding even a part of a cloud by small hygroscopic nuclei one can substantially delay the onset of precipitation.

  20. A slight recovery of soils from Acid Rain over the last three decades is not reflected in the macro nutrition of beech (Fagus sylvatica) at 97 forest stands of the Vienna Woods.

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    Berger, Torsten W; Türtscher, Selina; Berger, Pétra; Lindebner, Leopold

    2016-09-01

    Rigorous studies of recovery from soil acidification are rare. Hence, we resampled 97 old-growth beech stands in the Vienna Woods. This study exploits an extensive data set of soil (infiltration zone of stemflow and between trees area at different soil depths) and foliar chemistry from three decades ago. It was hypothesized that declining acidic deposition is reflected in soil and foliar chemistry. Top soil pH within the stemflow area increased significantly by 0.6 units in both H2O and KCl extracts from 1984 to 2012. Exchangeable Ca and Mg increased markedly in the stemflow area and to a lower extent in the top soil of the between trees area. Trends of declining base cations in the lower top soil were probably caused by mobilization of organic S and associated leaching with high amounts of sulfate. Contents of C, N and S decreased markedly in the stemflow area from 1984 to 2012, suggesting that mineralization rates of organic matter increased due to more favorable soil conditions. It is concluded that the top soil will continue to recover from acidic deposition. However, in the between trees areas and especially in deeper soil horizons recovery may be highly delayed. The beech trees of the Vienna Woods showed no sign of recovery from acidification although S deposition levels decreased. Release of historic S even increased foliar S contents. Base cation levels in the foliage declined but are still adequate for beech trees. Increasing N/nutrient ratios over time were considered not the result of marginally higher N foliar contents in 2012 but of diminishing nutrient uptake due to the decrease in ion concentration in soil solution. The mean foliar N/P ratio already increased to the alarming value of 31. Further nutritional imbalances will predispose trees to vitality loss. PMID:27344089

  1. The litter-fall characteristics and their response to drought stress in the Masson pins forests damaged by acid rain at Chongqing, China%重庆酸雨区马尾松林凋落物特征及对干旱胁迫的响应

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    王轶浩; 王彦辉; 于澎涛; 熊伟; 李振华; 郝佳; 段健

    2013-01-01

    The health condition of forests especially those already damaged in the acid rain region will be increasingly influenced by the increasing extreme drought events caused by climate change.Understanding the forest health response to multiple stresses is a new challenge.The characteristics of litter-fall can be used as an important indicator to reflect forest health condition and its response to environmental stresses.The aim of this study is to detect how drought stress affect the litter-fall characteristics of forests for a better understanding and more precise prediction of the forest health decline in the acid rain region of south China.Masson pine (Pinus massoniana) is a native and widely distributed tree species in south China, it is also one of the most important tree species used for forestation and widely damaged by acid rain.The litter-fall quantity and its components ( dead needles, green needles, twigs, debris, bark and cones, and broad leaves of other tree species) in the Masson pine forest stands were monitored at Tieshanping of Chongqing in 2010, and their responses to soil moisture was analyzed through Pearson correlation.The results showed that the monthly variation of litter-fall presented a "two-peak" pattern.The highest peak appeared in the dry-summer period of August-September with the lowest soil moisture and amounted to 2.30 t/hm2 ; the second peak appeared during the dormancy period of December and was only 0.65 t/ hm ; the amount of litter-fall in the two peak periods accounted for 49.56% of the annual total (5.96 t/hm ) in 2010.The annual dead needle was 2.89 t/hm ; it accounted for 48.42% of the annual total of litter-fall.The order of weight percentage of the litter-fall components was; needles > twigs > broad leaves > debris > bark and cones.The variation of monthly dead needle amount well presented the variation of total litter-fall amount.The monthly proportion of dead needle to total litter-fall was almost the highest in the whole year

  2. The use of permit markets for incorporating source location. The case of acis rain in Europe

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    Steiner, U.; Tinggaard Svendsen, G.

    1997-12-31

    The paper shows that cost-effective involvement of the source location involves utmost difficulty in practice. Based on the RAINS model, it is recommended that source location should be ignored in a European market for SO{sub 2}, as is the case in the US Acid Rain Program. The RAINS-model predicts a cost-saving of 37 percent but an average loss of 2 percent in ecological protection. To overcome this reduction in protection, we recommend that some of the large cost-savings should be reallocated in further overall reduction and that the countries suffering the most from introducing the permit-market should be compensated by receiving extra permits in the initial distribution. (au)

  3. A heterogeneous chemistry model for acid rain`s effect on ozone

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    Ye, Tao [Univ. of New York, Stonybrook, NY (United States)

    1995-11-01

    A computer model for simulating heterogeneous reactions in cloud is developed to determine the S(IV) species` effect on ozone. Crutzen claims that NO{sub x}, HO{sub x} families and H{sub 2}CO in the troposphere can decrease ozone by 5 to 10%. However, is this claim valid for a SO{sub x} polluted atmosphere? The SO{sub x} family reacts with the ozone destroyers. These reactions seem to be significant enough to reduce the H{sub 2}CO`s destructive effect on ozone.

  4. Fog and rain water chemistry at Mt. Fuji: A case study during the September 2002 campaign

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    Watanabe, Koichi; Takebe, Yusaku; Sode, Nobuhiro; Igarashi, Yasuhito; Takahashi, Hiroshi; Dokiya, Yukiko

    2006-12-01

    Measurements of fog and rain water chemistry at the summit of Mt. Fuji, the highest peak in Japan, as well as at Tarobo, the ESE slope of Mt. Fuji in September 2002. The pH of fog and rain water sampled at Mt. Fuji varied over a range of 4.0-6.8. Acidic fogs (pH industrial regions on the Asian continent. The ratio of [SO 42-]/[NO 3-] in the fog water was lower at Tarobo than at the summit. High concentrations of Na + and Cl - were determined in the rain water sampled at the summit, possibly because of the long-range transport of sea-salt particles raised by a typhoon through the middle troposphere. The vertical transport of sea-salt particles would influence the cloud microphysical properties in the middle troposphere. Significant loss of Mg 2+ was seen in the rain water at the summit. The concentrations of peroxides in the fog and rain water were relatively large (10-105 μM). The potential capacity for SO 2 oxidation seems to be strong from summer to early autumn at Mt. Fuji. The fog water peroxide concentrations displayed diurnal variability. The peroxide concentrations in the nighttime were significantly higher than those in the daytime.

  5. Study of the Chemical Characteristics of Dry Deposition in Typical Acid Rain Areas of China%中国典型酸雨区大气干沉降化学特征研究

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    向仁军; 柴立元; 曾光明; 漆燕; 肖劲松; 赵大为

    2011-01-01

    以湖南蔡家塘、贵州雷公山和重庆铁山坪3个小流域长年大气干沉降的监测数据为基础,对三地大气和气溶胶的化学成分的分布特征进行了分析研究.结果表明:三地大气干沉降中主要的酸性物质均为SO2,SO42-,NO2;主要的碱性物质均为NH+4,Ca2+,K+,NH3.SO2的干沉降跟当地S的来源有密切的关系,且具有季节性变化.三地的NH3+NH4+浓度均大于HNO3+NO3-浓度.NO2,NH3的年平均浓度大小均为铁山坪>蔡家塘>雷公山.蔡家塘、雷公山、铁山坪铵态氮年平均浓度在气相和固相中的比率均小于1,蔡家塘硝态氮年平均浓度在气相和固相中的比率接近1;雷公山年硝态氮平均浓度在气相和固相中的比率大于1;铁山坪硝态氮年平均浓度在气相和固相中的比率小于1.%To study the chemical composition characteristics of dry deposition is very important to the understanding of their influence on forest ecosystem. They are the key factors to grasp the formation, transportation and deposition mechanisms of the acidic matters in the air and the aerosol. This paper studied the chemical composition characteristics of air and aerosol based on the monitor data of three typical acidic catchments, including Cai Jia Tang (CJT) in Hunan, Lei Gong Shan (LGS) in Guizhou and Tie Shan Ping (TSP) in Chongqing. The research results have indicated that the dominant acidic materials are SO2, SO4- and NO2, and the dominant basic ones are NHL+ ,Ca2+ ,K+ and NH3. The dry deposition ratio of SO2 has a close relationship with the local sources of sulfur (S) and has seasonal variations as well. The mean seasonal concentration of (NH3 +NH4+ )-N is higher than ( HNO3 +NO3- )-N in all of the three areas. The order of annual mean concentration of NO2-N and NH3-N in the three sections are TSP>CJT>LGS. Furthermore, the gas/particle ratio for the ammonia compounds is less than 1: 1 in the three areas, and that for the nitrogen compounds is close to 1 : 1

  6. Promoting nitrate removal in rain gardens

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    Rain gardens are vegetated surface depressions, often located at low points in landscapes, designed to receive stormwater runoff from roads, roofs, and parking lots. The gardens’ sandy soils allow stormwater to drain quickly to the native soils below and eventually to groundwate...

  7. Corrosion stability of different bronzes in simulsted urban rain: Korozijska stabilnost različnih bronov v umetnem kislem dežju:

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    Kosec, Tadeja; Kuhar, Viljem; Legat, Andraž; Švara Fabjan, Erika

    2011-01-01

    Copper and high copper alloys tend to passivate in humid air. In clean humid air, cuprite slowly transforms to black tenorite. If atmosphere contains aggressive species, acid rain might effect the formation of different corrosion products. The patina that forms upon exposure to urban acid rain also depends of the composition of the base alloy. In the present study three different alloys were investigated: leaded bronze, usually used for sculptures, unleaded bronze as an alloy without an impac...

  8. Acid Rain Resistant Property of Hydrophobic Silica Coating for Stone%疏水二氧化硅涂层对石材的抗酸保护性能

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    徐飞高; 李丹; 袁艳丽; 林娜

    2012-01-01

    采用溶胶-凝胶法、辅以超声的作用,制备疏水二氧化硅粒子:所用的前躯体为端羟基的聚二甲基硅氧烷(PDMS-OH)和正硅酸乙酯(TEOS)、催化剂为氨水(NH3·H2O),制备过程中添加或不添加修饰剂3-缩水甘油丙基三甲氧基硅烷(GPTMS).其反应物的摩尔比为(TEOS):(乙醇):(H2O):CNH3·H2O):(PDMS—OH)=1:73:192:7.6:0.27~0.675.扫描电镜观察表明,所制备的二氧化硅粒子平均粒径为167nm.GPTMS的修饰通过FT-IR证实,它的添加导致疏水二氧化硅复合物的稳定性下降.以(PDMS-OH):(TEOS)=0.675时制得的疏水二氧化硅配制的涂料施涂于石材表面,所形成涂层的接触角最高达152°、有良好的耐酸性能.%By means of sol-gel process coupled with ultrasonic, hydrophobic silica particles have been synthesized by using hydroxyl-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS-OH) and tetraethoxyorthosilicate (TEOS) as precursor and ammonium hydroxide as catalyst, with and without addition of a crosslinking agent, 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS). The molar ratio of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), ethanol, basic water, H2O was kept constant at 1 : 73 : 192 : 7.6 and the molar ratio of PDMS-OH/TEOS (M) varied from 0.27 to 0.675. The particle size of the synthesized silica is 167 nm measured by SEM and the organic GPTMS modification was confirmed by infrared spectroscopic studies, incorporation of which leads to decrease of the stability of the composite. Then samples of limestone were coated with a paint consisted of the hydrophobic silica particles synthesised with a precursor (PDMS-OH) : (TEOS)=0.675, that coating showed a contact angle up to 152° and a satisfied corrosion resistance to cyclic spraying with dilute sulfuric acid.

  9. Identity crisis in "The Rain Child"

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    赵亭亭

    2008-01-01

    In the short story "The Rain Child" , Canadian Margaret Laurence gives a clear outline of encounters between the European culture and the African culture. This thesis analyzes the meaning of culture and cultural identity. It focuses on the different psychological states of Ruth, the heroine, under different social circumstances. It explains how her cultural identity crisis is generated. As the final analysis, fierce cultural conflicts and contradictions are caused by the misunderstanding of different cultural groups.

  10. Rain rituals and hybridity in Southern Africa

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    R M�ller

    2008-01-01

    This article discusses the persistence and transformation of rain rituals in contemporary African Christianity. It argues that the concept �hybridity� might be a useful addition to the vocabulary of scholars studying contemporary global Christianity. The use of hybridity could replace ideologically loaded terms, such as syncretism, while still describing the interaction between different religious traditions on the phenomenological level. In Africa, as elsewhere, there are ongoing internal di...

  11. Rain Sensor with Stacked Light Waveguide Having Tilted Air Gap

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    Kyoo Nam Choi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Vehicle sensor to detect rain drop on and above waveguide utilizing light deflection and scattering was realized, keeping wide sensing coverage and sensitivity to detect mist accumulation. Proposed sensor structure under stacked light wave guide consisted of light blocking fixture surrounding photodetector and adjacent light source. Tilted air gap between stacked light waveguide and light blocking fixture played major role to increase sensitivity and to enhance linearity. This sensor structure eliminated complex collimating optics, while keeping wide sensing coverage using simple geometry. Detection algorithm based on time-to-intensity transformation process was used to convert raining intensity into countable raining process. Experimental result inside simulated rain chamber showed distinct different response between light rain and normal rain. Application as automobile rain sensor is expected.

  12. Rain-Flow and Reverse Rain-Flow Counting Method for the Compilation of Fatigue Load Spectrum

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    宋玉普; 李朝阳; 王立成

    2001-01-01

    The rain-flow counting method is widely used to compile the fatigue load spectrum. The second stage counting of the rain-flow method is a troublesome process. In order to overcome this drawback, the rain-flow and reverse rain-flow counting method is proposed in this paper. In this counting method, the rule for counting of the rain-flow method is modified, so that the sequence of load-time need not be adjusted. This is a valid and useful method to count cycles and compile the load spectrum and it can be widely used in ocean engineering.

  13. Acid Deposition Phenomena

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    Acid deposition, commonly known as acid rain, occurs when emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels and other industrial processes undergo complex chemical reactions in the atmosphere and fall to the earth as wet deposition (rain, snow, cloud, fog) or dry deposition (dry particles, gas). Rain and snow are already naturally acidic, but are only considered problematic when less than a ph of 5.0 The main chemical precursors leading to acidic conditions are atmospheric concentrations of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). When these two compounds react with water, oxygen, and sunlight in the atmosphere, the result is sulfuric (H2SO4) and nitric acids (HNO3), the primary agents of acid deposition which mainly produced from the combustion of fossil fuel and from petroleum refinery. Airborne chemicals can travel long distances from their sources and can therefore affect ecosystems over broad regional scales and in locations far from the sources of emissions. According to the concern of petroleum ministry with the environment and occupational health, in this paper we will discussed the acid deposition phenomena through the following: Types of acidic deposition and its components in the atmosphere Natural and man-made sources of compounds causing the acidic deposition. Chemical reactions causing the acidic deposition phenomenon in the atmosphere. Factors affecting level of acidic deposition in the atmosphere. Impact of acid deposition. Procedures for acidic deposition control in petroleum industry

  14. Trend analysis of weekly acid rain data, 1978-83

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    Schertz, Terry L.; Hirsch, Robert M.

    1985-01-01

    There are 19 stations in the National Atmospheric Deposition Program which operated over the period 1978-83 and were subsequently incorporated into the National Trends Network in 1983. The precipitation chemistry data for these stations for this period were analyzed for trend, spatial correlation, seasonality, and relationship to precipitation volume. The intent of the analysis was to provide insights on the sources of variation in precipitation chemistry and to attempt to ascertain what statistical procedures may be most useful for ongoing analysis of the National Trends Network data. The Seasonal Kendall test was used for detection of trends in raw concentrations of dissolved constituents, pH and specific conductance, and residuals of these parameters from regression analysis. Forty-one percent of the trends detected in the raw concentrations were downtrends, 4 percent were uptrends, and 55 percent showed no trends at a = 0.2. At a more restrictive significance level of a = 0.05, 24 percent of the trends detected were downtrends, 2 percent were uptrends, and 74 percent showed no trends. The two constituents of greatest interest in terms of human generated emissions and environmental effects, sulfate and nitrate, showed only downtrends, and sulfate showed the largest decreases in concentration per year of all the ions tested.

  15. Incentive mechanisms as a strategic option for acid rain compliance

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    Title IV of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 (P.L. 101--549) establishes the use of flexible emission compliance strategies for electric utilities to reduce the emissions of add precursors (SO2, NO2). To control SO2 emissions, tradeable emission allowances will be used; NO2 emissions will be controlled by an emission standard, but a utility is permitted to average NO2 emissions systemwide to meet the standard. Both of these policies promote flexibility and cost savings for the utility while achieving the prescribed emission reduction goals of P.L. 101--549. The use of SO2 emission allowances has two notable benefits: A utility has the choice of a wide range of compliance methods allowing it to minimize compliance costs and second; the use of transferable emission allowances promote technological innovation with respect to emissions reduction/control. This report discusses the use of regulatory incentives towards the achievement of a Title IV goal of cost reduction of SO2 emissions

  16. Optimal Acid Rain Abatement Strategies for Eastern Canada

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    Mariam, Yohannes; Smith, W.B.G.

    1998-01-01

    In the past environmental management practices have been based on disparate analysis of the impacts of pollutants on selected components of ecosystems. However, holistic analysis of emission reduction strategies is necessary to justify that actions taken to protect the environment would not unduly punish economic growth or vice versa. When environmental management programs are implemented, it would be extremely difficult for the industry to attain the targeted emission reduction in a sing...

  17. Acid rain, eutrophication and ozone, italian international cooperation

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    The convention on long-range transboundary air pollution, is one of the central means for protecting environment. The main elements are: collection of data emission, measurement of air and precipitation quality and modelling of atmospheric dispersion

  18. An Economic Interpretation of the Compensation Mechanism in the RAINS Model

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    Forsund, F.R.

    2000-01-01

    In 1999 the optimization mode of the Regional Air Pollution Information and Simulation (RAINS) model was used to support international environmental negotiations on the Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone of the UN/ECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution and on the Directive for National Emission Ceilings of the Commission of the European Union. The optimization determines the cost-minimal set of emission reductions that bring acid depositio...

  19. How mosquitoes fly in the rain

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    Dickerson, Andrew; Shankles, Peter; Madhavan, Nihar; Hu, David

    2011-11-01

    Mosquitoes thrive during rainfall and high humidity. If raindrops are 50 times heavier than mosquitoes, how do mosquitoes fly in the rain? In this combined experimental and theoretical study, we measure the impact force between a falling drop and a free-flying mosquito. High-speed videography of mosquitoes and custom-built mimics reveals a mosquito's low inertia renders it impervious to falling drops. Drops do not splash on mosquitoes, but simply push past them allowing a mosquito to continue on its flight path undeterred. We rationalize the force imparted using scaling relations based on the time of rebound between a falling drop and a free body of significantly less mass.

  20. Water Conversations: Pearls of Rain, Mongolia

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    MacLeod, Anna

    2012-01-01

    Water Conversations: Pearls of Rain. Mongolia 2012 LAM 360º – 2nd Land Art Mongolia Biennial curated by Anna Brietzke, Orna Tsultem, Fumio Nanjo Locations: Ikh Gazriin Chuluu (Dundgobi) (45°29'33.24"N, 107°13'28.50"E) and National Mongolian Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Participation in LAM 360º was funded through a Travel and Training Award in Visual Arts from The Arts Council, Ireland. The project ‘Pearls of Rain’ takes as its starting point survival techniques of...

  1. Composition, distribution and neutralization of “acid rain” derived from Masaya volcano, Nicaragua

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    Johnson, Noye; Parnell, R. A.

    2011-01-01

    Acid rain (pH 2.5-5.0) from the volcanic plume of Masaya Caldera, Nicaragua, is composed of HCI and H2SO4 in systematically varying proportions. The dominance of HCl in volcanic acid rain makes it distinctly different from anthropogenic acid rain. The pH of volcanic acid rain is largely controlled by its HCl concentration. Volcanic acids are locally damaging, killing vegetation with the conspicuous exception of the shrubs Malanthora and Lantana. These shrubs have the ability to rapidly and co...

  2. Spatial and temporal characteristics of rain intensity in the peninsular Malaysia using TRMM rain rate

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    Varikoden, Hamza; Samah, A. A.; Babu, C. A.

    2010-06-01

    SummaryThe present study is focused on the intensity distribution of rainfall in different classes and their contribution to the total seasonal rainfall. In addition, we studied the spatial and diurnal variation of the rainfall in the study areas. For the present study, we retrieved data from TRMM (Tropical Rain Measuring Mission) rain rate available in every 3 h temporal and 25 km spatial resolutions. Moreover, station rainfall data is used to validate the TRMM rain rate and found significant correlation between them (linear correlation coefficients are 0.96, 0.85, 0.75 and 0.63 for the stations Kota Bharu, Senai, Cameron highlands and KLIA, respectively). We selected four areas in the Peninsular Malaysia and they are south coastal, east coastal, west coastal and highland regions. Diurnal variation of frequency of rain occurrence is different for different locations. We noticed bimodal variation in the coastal areas in most of the seasons and unimodal variation in the highland/inland area. During the southwest monsoon period in the west coastal stations, there is no distinct diurnal variation. The distribution of different intensity classes during different seasons are explained in detail in the results.

  3. Effects of simulated acidic rainfalls on yields of field-grown radishes and garden beets

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    Evans, L S; Cunningham, E A; Lewin, K F

    1981-01-01

    The effects of small additions of simulated acidic rain on radishes and garden beets grown under standard agronomic practices was determined. Only the foliage of plants was sprayed with simulated rain. The composition of the simulated rainfall approximated that of rain falling in the Long Island, NY area. (ACR)

  4. Review and Discussion on the Plum Rain Research in China

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    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The research aimed to review the research progresses and the research achievements of plum rain in China.[Method] By using the precipitation,the sunshine data in the related observatories during 1961-2009 and the daily height field data of NCEP/DOE2 in 1996,which were provided by the National Meteorological Information Center,the prior researches about the plum rain in China were reviewed from the division of plum rain,the range of plum rain area and the space distribution.[Result] The formulati...

  5. Effect of Rain Leaching on Chemical Composition of Alfalfa Hay

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    Garcia de Hernandez, Mercedes M.

    1981-01-01

    Yield and chemical changes of second-cutting alfalfa hay treated with artificial rain were determined in a 2 x 3 x 2 factorial experiment. Factors were 2 stages of maturity (1 late vegetative; 2 early bloom), 3 levels of artificial rain applied (1 =no rain; 2 =low or approximately 5 mm; 3 =high or approximately 20 mm), and 2 times of applying artificial rain (1 = when drying forage was 40-60% dry matter; 2 =when drying forage was 60-75% dry matter). Thirty samples of alfalfa were collected at...

  6. Rain height statistics for satellite communication in Malaysia

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    Mandeep, J. S.

    2008-09-01

    The calculation of fade margin required for 99.99% of the time availability of satellite link requires the knowledge of rain height. There is a shortage of results on rain height over Malaysian equatorial stations. The results on rain height in relation to 0 °C isotherm height (Hi) over four stations are presented. The variations of 0 °C isotherm heights for two monsoon seasons have been studied based on an analysis of radiosonde. The exceedence probability statistics of rain height are compared between the two seasons.

  7. RAIN INTENSITY DISTRIBUTION IN THE SPLASH REGION OF ATOMIZED FLOW

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    DUAN Hong-dong; LIU Shi-he; LUO Qiu-shi; HUANG Wei

    2006-01-01

    Atomized flow is an unnatural two-phase flow produced while water discharges in water release structures. This flow might threaten the normal operation of hydraulic and hydroelectric installations owing to the unnatural and high-density rain as well as the unnatural and dirty mist. The splash region, the region with the highest rain intensity, hence should receive much attention during the design and operation of the hydraulic and hydroelectric installations. In this paper rain intensity distribution in the splash region of the atomized flow is investigated experimentally, and the method of random simulation is used to predict the rain intensity distribution in the splash region.

  8. Rain Rate-Radar Reflectivity Relationship for Drop Size Distribution and Rain Attenuation Calculation of Ku Band Signals

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    Govardhani.Immadi

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available With the increased demand for long distance Tele communication day by day, satellite communication system was developed. Satellite communications utilize L, C, Ku and Ka bands of frequency to fulfil all the requirements. Utilization of higher frequencies causes severe attenuation due to rain. Rain attenuation is noticeable for frequencies above 10ghz. Amount of attenuation depends on whether the operating wave length is comparable with rain drop diameter or not. In this paper the main focus is on drop size distribution using empirical methods, especially Marshall and Palmer distributions. Empirical methods deal with power law relation between the rain rate(mm/h and radar reflectivity(dBz. Finally it is discussed about the rain rate variation, radar reflectivity, drop size distribution, that is made for two rain events at K L University, Vijayawada on 4th September 2013 and on 18 th August 2013.

  9. Fog and rain in the Amazon.

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    Anber, Usama; Gentine, Pierre; Wang, Shuguang; Sobel, Adam H

    2015-09-15

    The diurnal and seasonal water cycles in the Amazon remain poorly simulated in general circulation models, exhibiting peak evapotranspiration in the wrong season and rain too early in the day. We show that those biases are not present in cloud-resolving simulations with parameterized large-scale circulation. The difference is attributed to the representation of the morning fog layer, and to more accurate characterization of convection and its coupling with large-scale circulation. The morning fog layer, present in the wet season but absent in the dry season, dramatically increases cloud albedo, which reduces evapotranspiration through its modulation of the surface energy budget. These results highlight the importance of the coupling between the energy and hydrological cycles and the key role of cloud albedo feedback for climates over tropical continents. PMID:26324902

  10. Stellar mixing length theory with entropy rain

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    Brandenburg, Axel

    2015-01-01

    Stellar mixing length theory is modified to include the effects of a nongradient term that originates from the motion of convective elements with entropy perturbations of either sign. It is argued that such a term, first studied by Deardorff in the meteorological context, represents the effects of thin intense downdrafts caused by the rapid cooling in the granulation layer at the top of the convection zone. They transport heat nonlocally, as originally anticipated by Spruit in the 1990s, who describes the convection in the strongly stratified simulations of Stein & Nordlund as entropy rain. Although our model has ill-determined free parameters, it demonstrates that solutions can be found that look similar to the original ones, except that the deeper layers are now Schwarzschild stable, so no giant cells are produced and the typical convective scale is that of granules even at larger depth. Consequences for modeling solar differential, the global dynamo, and sunspots are briefly discussed.

  11. Microorganisms in the Coloured Rain of Sri Lanka

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    Samaranayake, Anil; Wickramarathne, K.; Wickramasinghe, N. C.

    2013-02-01

    A variety of pigmented microorganisms have been identified in the red, yellow, blue and black rain that fell over Sri Lanka in December 2012 and January 2013. There is tentative evidence for the presence of similar organisms, including diatoms, in meteorites falling over the same time period. These microorganisms are likely to have served as nuclei for the condensation of rain drops.

  12. Mechanics of interrill erosion with wind-driven rain

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    Erpul, G.; Gabriels, D.; Norton, L.D.; Flanagan, D.C.; Huang, C.; Visser, S.M.

    2013-01-01

    The vector physics of wind-driven rain (WDR) differs from that of wind-free rain, and the interrill soil detachment equations in the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model were not originally developed to deal with this phenomenon. This article provides an evaluation of the performance of the

  13. Rain Garden Research at EPA's Urban Watershed Research Facility

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    I have been invited to give a presentation at the 2009 National Erosion Conference in Hartford, CT, on October 27-28, 2009. My presentation discusses the research on sizing of rain gardens that is being conducted using the large, parking lot rain gardens on-site. I discuss the ...

  14. A Rain Garden for Our School: Becoming Environmental Stewards

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    McFadyen, Joy

    2012-01-01

    In this article, the author talks about a rain garden project at Hampton Elementary School in Bay City, Michigan. The goal of the project was to slow and filter silt-laden runoff (from parking lots, sidewalks, and playground) on its path to Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron. In addition, doing so, the rain gardens would demonstrate to the township, city,…

  15. Mechanics of interrill erosion with wind-driven rain

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    The vector physics of wind-driven rain (WDR) differs from that of wind-free rain, and the interrill soil detachment equations in the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model were not originally developed to deal with this phenomenon. This article provides an evaluation of the performance of the...

  16. Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for Tropical Rain Forest

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    Kamaruzaman Jusoff

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Sensing, mapping and monitoring the rain forest in forested regions of the world, particularly the tropics, has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years as deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 30% of anthropogenic carbon emissions and are now included in climate change negotiations. Approach: We reviewed the potential for air and spaceborne hyperspectral sensing to identify and map individual tree species measure carbon stocks, specifically Aboveground Biomass (AGB and provide an overview of a range of approaches that have been developed and used to map tropical rain forest across a diverse set of conditions and geographic areas. We provided a summary of air and spaceborne hyperspectral remote sensing measurements relevant to mapping the tropical forest and assess the relative merits and limitations of each. We then provided an overview of modern techniques of mapping the tropical forest based on species discrimination, leaf chlorophyll content, estimating aboveground forest productivity and monitoring forest health. Results: The challenges in hyperspectral Imaging of tropical forests is thrown out to researchers in such field as to come with the latest techniques of image processing and improved mapping resolution leading towards higher precision mapping accuracy. Some research results from an airborne hyperspectral imaging over Bukit Nanas forest reserve was shared implicating high potential of such very high resolution imaging techniques for tropical mixed dipterocarp forest inventory and mapping for species discrimination, aboveground forest productivity, leaf chlorophyll content and carbon mapping. Conclusion/Recommendations: We concluded that while spaceborne hyperspectral remote sensing has often been discounted as inadequate for the task, attempts to map with airborne sensors are still insufficient in tropical developing countries like Malaysia. However, we demonstrated this with a case

  17. Quality control of rain data used for urban runoff systems

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    Jørgensen, H. K.; Rosenørn, S.; Madsen, Henrik;

    1998-01-01

    for collection and quality control of rain data from a network of tipping bucket rain gauges in Denmark carried out by the Danish Meteorological Institute. During rain, the RIMCO gauge counts the number of tips teach of 0.2 mm of precipitation) every minute, The quality control of the rain data includes......When improving software packages such as MOUSE and SAMBA for designing sewers and storage basins, and simulating overflows and flooding the quality of the input becomes important. The essential input to these modelling tools are the historical rain series. This paper presents the procedures...... Hellmann gauges. Shortcomings and improvements of the quality control are discussed. Although, it is possible to improve the efficiency of the quality control, long term corrections will always be necessary. (C) 1998 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved....

  18. Alleviative Effect and Its Evaluation of LaCl3 Treatment on Acid Rain Stresses for Capsicum Seed Germination%LaCl3对辣椒种子酸雨胁迫的缓解效应及其评价

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    边才苗; 王锦文

    2011-01-01

    Alleviative effects of LaCl3 on acid rain (AR) stresses for capsicum seed were analyzed using two evaluation systems. The results showed that the damage of AR (pH 3.5, 3.0 and 2.0) were alleviatedby treating the seeds with LaCl3 solution ( 10 mg·L-1 ).The alleviative effects were 14.48%, 19.24%,15.14% and 13.48% as a relative rate of vigor index. However, the vigor index in seeds treated with LaCl3 and AR (pH 3.5 and 3.0 ) was significantly higher than with only AR as its increment. Meanwhile, the destructions of superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD) and catalase (CAT) reduced notably, and accumulation of malondialdehyde (MDA) reduced at pH ≤ 2.5; whereas these indexes did not change obviously at pH ≥ 3.0. This indicated that LaCl3 probably alleviated AR damage by improving the seed resistance at pH ≤2.5 and the seed tolerance at pH ≥3.0. The growth index was an indirect indicator of the resistance, so should not be used as main evaluation system. The activate oxygen metabolic indices had their threshold values, but should be evaluated based on possibility which the index felt within its threshold value range. This method just gave an approximate threshold values, but could show inner causes for improving growth of crop species.%采用两种评价系统分析了镧对酸雨胁迫下辣椒种子萌发的影响.结果表明,经10 mg·L-1的LaCl3浸种,可显著缓解酸雨(pH 3.5,3.0,2.5和2.0)对辣椒种子的伤害,以活力指数的增幅为标准,缓解能力依次为14.48%,19.24%,15.14%和13.48%;以指标值的增量为标准,只有pH 3.5和3.0时显著提高.同时,镧处理可提高酸雨胁迫下超氧化物歧化酶、过氧化氢酶和过氧化酶的活性,减少丙二醛的积累,在pH≤2.5时,与酸雨处理差异显著,而pH≥3.0时没有明显变化,说明镧处理分别提高种子的抗性和耐受性.基于生长指标是间接的抗逆性指标,不宜作为评价的主体.活性氧代谢指标都有一个阈值,可依据

  19. Corrosion of Concrete Under Acid Environment

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    Kawahigashi, Tatsuo

    2004-01-01

    Natural phenomena such as weather conditions, as well as living organisms, including humans, all create various influences on the earth environment. Regarding environmental processes, acid rain has a deleterious effect on forest growth; consequently, it destroys the balance of natural environment. Similarly, the degrading influence of acid rain on the environment can be seen to affect the durability of concrete structures. This study specifically addresses a method to estimate corrosion and d...

  20. The Multithermal and Multi-stranded Nature of Coronal Rain

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    Antolin, P.; Vissers, G.; Pereira, T. M. D.; Rouppe van der Voort, L.; Scullion, E.

    2015-06-01

    We analyze coordinated observations of coronal rain in loops, spanning chromospheric, transition region (TR), and coronal temperatures with sub-arcsecond spatial resolution. Coronal rain is found to be a highly multithermal phenomenon with a high degree of co-spatiality in the multi-wavelength emission. EUV darkening and quasi-periodic intensity variations are found to be strongly correlated with coronal rain showers. Progressive cooling of coronal rain is observed, leading to a height dependence of the emission. A fast-slow two-step catastrophic cooling progression is found, which may reflect the transition to optically thick plasma states. The intermittent and clumpy appearance of coronal rain at coronal heights becomes more continuous and persistent at chromospheric heights just before impact, mainly due to a funnel effect from the observed expansion of the magnetic field. Strong density inhomogeneities of 0\\buildrel{\\prime\\prime}\\over{.} 2-0\\buildrel{\\prime\\prime}\\over{.} 5 are found, in which a transition from temperatures of 105 to 104 K occurs. The 0\\buildrel{\\prime\\prime}\\over{.} 2-0\\buildrel{\\prime\\prime}\\over{.} 8 width of the distribution of coronal rain is found to be independent of temperature. The sharp increase in the number of clumps at the coolest temperatures, especially at higher resolution, suggests that the bulk distribution of the rain remains undetected. Rain clumps appear organized in strands in both chromospheric and TR temperatures. We further find structure reminiscent of the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) thermal mode (also known as entropy mode), thereby suggesting an important role of thermal instability in shaping the basic loop substructure. Rain core densities are estimated to vary between 2 × 1010 and 2.5× {{10}11} cm-3, leading to significant downward mass fluxes per loop of 1-5 × 109 g s-1, thus suggesting a major role in the chromosphere-corona mass cycle.

  1. Tempered by Winds and Rains of Nature

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    1996-01-01

    A few years ago, a popular TV program Animal World produced by China Central Television (CCTV), was well received by men and women, old and young, and people from all circles. Sun Qiuping, a reporter from CCTV, led her colleagues to film the section about wild animals in China.For six years, Sun and her colleagues sought those nearly extinct wild animals in the virgin forests and barren hills. They experienced many hardships, and even the trial of death.In 1992, Sun won first prize in the First National TV Program Contest for her first TV program Oasis in the Mist about the tropical rain forest and its wild life. She also won awards for photography and music. Sun edited the TV program Mongoose and won a first prize for programs on special topics. Because of her accomplishments, she has been awarded the prize of the CCTV director’s special fund, and was named a national "March 8 Pacesetter’ by the All-China Women’s Federation.

  2. NOS CO-OPS Meteorological Data, Rain Fall, 6-Minute

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset has Rain Fall data from NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). WARNING: These preliminary data have not been...

  3. Rain Garden Research at EPA's Urban Watershed Research Facility

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    Rain gardens are vegetated depressions designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, parking lots, and roads. The potential benefits compared to traditional curb and gutter drainage systems include peak flow attenuation in receiving...

  4. Rain Garden Research of EPA's Urban Watershed Research Facility (Poster)

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    Rain gardens are vegetated depressions designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, parking lots, and roads. The potential benefits compared to traditional curb and gutter drainage systems include peak flow attenuation in receiving ...

  5. Memoirs of a Survivor: Masuji Ibuse's Black Rain

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    Peter Messent

    2005-01-01

    This paper examines the motif of survival in Masuji Ibuse's Hiroshima novel Black Rain (1969). It explores narrative technique, figurative language, voice and tone, and the gap between thought and feeling, to show how the novel achieves its artistic effects.

  6. Winter stream temperature in the rain-on-snow zone

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    Leach, J. A.; Moore, R. D.

    2012-12-01

    Stream temperature is a principal determinant of aquatic ecosystem composition and productivity. There are increasing concerns that changes in land cover and climatic conditions could produce changes in stream thermal regimes that would be deleterious to existing aquatic communities. Most stream temperature research has focused on summer periods and few studies have examined winter periods despite the growing recognition of its biological importance. The winter thermal regimes of Pacific Northwest headwater streams, which provide vital winter habitat for salmonids and their food sources, may be particularly sensitive to changes in climate because they can remain ice-free throughout the year and are often located in rain-on-snow zones. This study examined winter stream temperature patterns and controls in small headwater catchments within the rain-on-snow zone at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Two working hypotheses were addressed by this study: (1) winter stream temperatures are primarily controlled by advective fluxes associated with runoff processes and (2) stream temperatures should be depressed during rain-on-snow events, compared to rain on bare ground, due to the cooling effect of rain passing through the snowpack prior to infiltrating the soil or being delivered to the stream as saturation-excess overland flow. These hypotheses were tested statistically using historical stream temperature data and modelled snowpack dynamics for a forested headwater catchment. When snow was not present, daily stream temperature during winter rain events tended to increase with increasing air temperature. However, when snow was present, stream temperature was capped at about 5 °C, regardless of air temperature. This historical analysis was complemented with detailed field data collected during the winter of 2011-2012 from an ongoing field study in a partially logged catchment. Stream temperature response to a large rain

  7. Results of Dynamic Calibration of Tipping-Bucket Rain Gauges

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    Kvicera, V.; Grabner, M.

    2009-04-01

    Experimental research in the Department of Frequency Engineering in the Czech Metrology Institute (CMI) in Prague, the Czech Republic, is focused on stability of received signal on terrestrial radio and optical paths. Rain can cause serious attenuation of electromagnetic waves in the frequency bands over 10 GHz. Therefore, our experimental research is also focused on our own meteorological measurement in the vicinity of experimental radio and optical paths. The heated tipping-bucket raingauge MR3H manufactured by Meteoservis, the Czech Republic, with the collector area of 500 cm2 and the rain amount per tip of 0.1 mm is used at CMI for the measurement of rainfall intensities. The time of tips is recorded with uncertainty of 0.1 second. The obtained time of tips are stored by PC and recorded on CD-ROM. It is generally known higher rainfall intensities measured by tipping-bucket rain gauges are underestimated. Therefore, after static calibration the tipping-bucket rain gauge was dynamically calibrated by water flowmeters. The Brooks FLOMEGA Flow Meters models 5882 and 3750 were used for the rain gauge calibration in the range from 2.6 mm/h to 530 mm/h. The used method of dynamic calibration of raingauges and our experience obtained will be described. The dependence of the measured rain intensity on the reference rain intensity (calibration curve) will be presented. Both the results obtained and the influence of dynamic calibration on our results concerning attenuation of electromagnetic waves due to rain will be discussed. Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic under the Project No. OC09076 supported the described work.

  8. Rain waves-wind waves interaction application to scatterometry

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    Kharif, C.; Giovanangeli, J. P.; Bliven, L.

    1989-01-01

    Modulation of a rain wave pattern by longer waves has been studied. An analytical model taking into account capillarity effects and obliquity of short waves has been developed. Modulation rates in wave number and amplitude have been computed. Experiments were carried out in a wave tank. First results agree with theoretical models, but higher values of modulation rates are measured. These results could be taken into account for understanding the radar response from the sea surface during rain.

  9. Ostwald ripening and the kinetics of rain initiation

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    Wilkinson, Michael

    2011-01-01

    A central problem in cloud physics is understanding the kinetics of the growth of water droplets. It is believed that there exists a 'condensation-coalescence bottleneck' in the growth of intermediate size droplets. Here the Lifshitz-Slezov theory of Ostwald ripening is applied to the kinetics of the growth of rain drops. The analysis shows that kinetic barriers to rain initiation are not significant. It is also shown that Ostwald ripening can greatly enhance the apparent collision efficiency...

  10. Rain Lõhmus toob mängu kupeldaja / Priit Pullerits

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    2005-01-01

    Investeerimispanga Lõhmus, Haavel & Viisemann (LHV) nõukogu esimees on seotud teleäriga ja püüab käivitada uut telekanalit. Vt. samas: Rain Lõhmus vastab küsimustele, mis puudutavad LHVga seotud skandaali mõju panga tegevusele ja käimasolevatele äriasjadele. Lisa: Rain Lõhmus. Vt. samas: Mida Lõhmus teleärist teab?

  11. Performance of a Rain Barrel Sharing Network under Climate Change

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    Seong Jin Noh; Eun-Sung Chung; Yongwon Seo

    2015-01-01

    Rain barrels can be technically shared through social practices or mutual agreement between individual households. This study proposes the evaluation system for a rain barrel sharing network (RBSN) considering three performance criteria of reliability, resiliency, and vulnerability, under plausible climate change scenarios. First, this study shows how the system can be improved in terms of the performance criteria using historical daily rainfall data based on the storage-reliability-yield rel...

  12. Characterization of rain fields for UK satellite networks

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    Yang, Guangguang; Gremont, Boris; Ndzi, David; Brown, David J

    2011-01-01

    High frequency satellite links are significantly affected by rain-induced attenuation in the satellite footprint. The detailed planning and performance prediction of satellite systems networks (a group of links) requires a detailed understanding of the space-time characteristics of rain fields. This paper presents results of key empirical properties of rainfall rate relevant to developing a UK space-time stochastic model. In particular, we assess the impact of integration time and spatial sca...

  13. Rain radars for earth science geostationary platforms: Some possibilities

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    Gogineni, S. P.; Moore, R. K.

    1989-01-01

    Results of a feasibility study for a geostationary rain radar are presented. A 2-cm wavelength radar with a 15 to 20 mm antenna will be useful for general scale meteorology. The transmitter power of 500 W with a pulse compression ratio of 200 will provide adequate signal-to-noise ratio for a rain rate of 1 mm/hour. Various problems associated with a geostationary radar and solutions are also discussed.

  14. Suppression of warm rain by aerosols in rain-shadow areas of India

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    M. Konwar

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Aircraft observations of clouds and aerosols were conducted during the Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX executed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology over the Indian subcontinent during the period of May–September 2009. Existence of aerosol layer with large concentrations of cloud drop condensation nuclei extended up to heights of 4 to 5 km was observed over the rain shadow areas to the east of the Western Ghats over central India. The thick aerosol layers were observed to suppress the formation of warm rain in convective clouds up to heights of about 7 km, where mixed phase precipitation formed. This prevented clouds that did not exceed this height from precipitating significantly. This might invigorate the very deep clouds on expense of the smaller clouds. The aerosol radiative effects are suspected to decrease the surface heating and hence the available energy for propelling the convection. The net effect of the aerosols on the rainfall amounts is unknown due to the complexity of the effect, but it is suspected to be detrimental in an area where the rainfall is critical to the livelihood of the inhabitants. This requires continuation of this research.

  15. Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day. Weather Preferences of Summer Tourists in Mountain Environments

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    Robert Steiger

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Weather and climate are important factors for travel decision-making and overall tourist satisfaction. As central motivators for destination choice, they directly and indirectly influence demand patterns and can be a resource and limitation for tourism at the same time. In this paper, results of an in-situ survey of mountain summer tourists (n = 733 in the Alps in Southern Germany are presented. Respondents rated ‘rain’ as the most important aspect of weather during their holiday. During a 7-day holiday, 2.1 days of continuous rain are accepted, and 3.1 days of days with thunderstorms. The ideal temperature range is between 21 and 25 °C, thus lying 4–7 degrees lower than for beach tourism. Temperatures below 15 °C and above 30 °C are perceived as unacceptable. Statistically significant differences were found for several tourist types: Older tourists are more sensitive to heat, tourists with sports activities are more tolerant to cool temperatures, first-time visitors are more sensitive to rain and families with children prefer higher temperatures. From the results, some implications for mountain destinations arise: mountain destinations could be promoted as a heat refuge, and attracting sports tourists might be a promising way to reduce weather sensitivity; however, some variety of well-promoted weather independent attractions seems to be mandatory.

  16. Improved Gradation for Rain Garden of Low Impact Development

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    Lee, Sandra; Chang, Fu-Ming

    2016-04-01

    With rapid urban and economic development, living standard improves in urban areas but urban ecological environments deteriorate rapidly. Urban waterlogging and flooding have become a serious problem for urban water security. As urbanization continues, sustainability is the key to balance between urban development and healthy environment. Rain garden is recommended to be one of the best ways to reduce urban pollutants. It not only diminishes runoff flooding but also purify water in the urban area. The studies on rain gardens are mainly about how to incorporate rain garden to purify water quality, but lack of researches on runoff control. This project focuses on rain garden under Low Impact Development using indoor laboratory to test and quantify the water holding capacities of two different Taiwan indigenous rain garden plants, Taiwan Cyclosorus and Sour Grass. The results show that the water holding capacity of Sour Grass (10%-37%) is better than that of Taiwan Cyclosorus (6.8%-17.3%). The results could be a helpful reference for Low Impact Development in urban flood prevention and urban planning. Keywords: Low Impact Development; rain garden; indoor laboratory experiments; water holding capacity; porosity

  17. Rain Attenuation Prediction for Terrestrial Microwave Link in Bangladesh

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    HOSSAIN Sakir

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Rain attenuation is a major shortcoming of microwave transmission. As a subtropical country, Bangladesh is one of the highest rainy areas of the world. Thus, designing a terrestrial microwave link is a serious challenge to the engineers. In this paper, the annual rain rate and monthly variation of rate are predicted for different percentage of time of the year from the measured rainfall data. Using ITU rain model for terrestrial microwave communication, the rain attenuation is predicted for five major cities of Bangladesh, namely Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Khulna. It is found that rain attenuation is the most severe in Sylhet and least in Rajshahi. The attenuation is estimated for different frequency and polarization. A horizontally polarized signal encounters 15% more rain attenuation than that of vertically polarized signal. It is also found that attenuation in Rajshahi is about 20% lesser than that in Sylhet. Thus, the horizontally polarized transmission in Rajshahi experiences about 5% less attenuation than the vertically polarized transmission in Sylhet.

  18. Development of a Visualization Rain Table: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

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    Kirkby, K. J.; Svistula, D.; Currier, R. M.; Morin, P. J.; Campbell, K.; Leigh, J.; Johnson, A.

    2007-12-01

    At first glance, water flow seems like such a deceptively simple concept. Water flows downhill, so what could be easier to understand? But the movement of water across the Earth's surface is among the most misunderstood and underestimated concepts in earth science. A host of misconceptions bound concerning water flow, from rivers always flowing south or curving due to the Earth's spin, to deeply held ideas about rivers" immutable nature. The one consistent aspect is that students almost always underestimate the complexity of water flow. The movement of water across the Earth is the integrating connection between its physical and biological systems. Combine these misconceptions with the realization that water use issues will be among the most crucial and complex social and political issues facing the next generation and it is difficult to overstate the importance of being able to teach a good understanding of natural water flow. Without a doubt, the best way to understand water flow is to watch the movement of water across the Earth's surface, but this has not been possible in past classroom settings. Physical models help, but are a poor substitute for the complexities of real world flow. In addition, it can be extraordinarily difficult for students to scale up from small physical models to real life stream flow. Rain Table is a tiled display system that uses six 30" flat panel monitors to display a large image of a region of the Earth's surface. This large image is co-registered with digital elevation data, so as students generate rainfall, the water will "flow" across the area, following the topography of the visualized region. Students move small disc-shaped devices across the panel surface to determine where rain should fall. The rain is displayed as small blue dots that flow down across the surface in accordance with the digital elevation data. Mathematical algorithms determine the water flow velocity based on the slope of the visualized surface and from the

  19. Mixing model approaches to estimate storm flow sources in an overland flow-dominated tropical rain forest catchment

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    Elsenbeer, Helmut; Lorieri, Daniel; Bonell, Mike

    2008-01-01

    Previous hydrometric studies demonstrated the prevalence of overland flow as a hydrological pathway in the tropical rain forest catchment of South Creek, northeast Queensland. The purpose of this study was to consider this information in a mixing analysis with the aim of identifying sources of, and of estimating their contribution to, storm flow during two events in February 1993. K and acid-neutralizing capacity (ANC) were used as tracers because they provided the best separation of the pote...

  20. The Role of DSD and Radio Wave Scattering in Rain Attenuation

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    Fiser, Ondrej

    2010-01-01

    The applicability, importance and properties of the rain drop size distribution was demonstrated in this chapter. It was also shown that DSD determines rain rate, radar reflectivity and rain attenuation of microwave signal. A part of this chapter describes scattering functions describing radiowave reflection from rain drop. One of the important results of this study is the following one: the radar reflectivity factor derived from the rain rate through the Z-R relation could be incorrect throu...

  1. Quantification of Water Erosion on Subalpine Grassland with Rain Simulators

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    Schindler, Y.; Alewell, Ch.; Burri, K.; Bänninger, D.

    2009-04-01

    Intensive land use and increasing storm events trigger rain erosion, thus its quantification is important. The aim of this study was to asses the influence of the vegetation on runoff and water erosion in an alpine grassland area. Further, we estimated the influence of vegetation on the soil characteristics matrix stability and C/N ratio and assessed the relationship between those parameters as well as the grain size distribution with erosion and runoff rate. To test the above hypotheses a field spray nozzles drop former hybrid simulator, consisting of a full-core Lechler nozzle and a meshed fixed below to improve the rain drop distribution, was used. Prior to the field experiment, we compared this simulator with a drop former simulator in the laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) in terms of drop size distribution and kinetic energy. Thereby, we could estimate the accuracy of the field simulator. The rain drop size distribution and the total kinetic energy of the drops at a rain intensity of 60 mm h-1 were measured with a Joss-Waldvogel distrometer. To compare the effect of the two rain simulators as well as the influence of the soil texture on erosion and runoff rate, we used 6 silty soil monoliths and 6 clayish monoliths. To get comparable initial conditions, every soil monolith was irrigated only one time, starting at field capacity. The soil moisture was continuously recorded by TDR probes during the simulation. The comparison of the two rain simulators showed a close similarity in the drop size distributions. For both simulators, the most frequent drop size class is in the range of 1 mm in diameter. Natural rain typically shows a larger mean drop size at an intensity of 60 mm h-1. In comparison to the natural rain, the total kinetic energy of the simulated rain of both of the simulators was too small as well. These results lead to the conclusion, that the true simulation of a natural rain is hardly realizable

  2. Physical and Chemical Components of Cuba’s Rain: Effects on Air Quality

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    Margarita Préndez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to analyze the influence of the physical and chemical components of rain affecting air quality in Cuba. Samples were obtained from pollution monitoring stations throughout Cuba. Different chemical analyses including elements and ions were conducted. Meteorological data was also included for the analysis. Results show that the pH was slightly basic for most stations, except those of the eastern region which exhibit pH values below 5.6. The major anthropogenic sources of ions are the burning of fossil fuel by power plants, cement factories, and nickel-processing industries and the burning of biomass through poor agricultural practices. The western region exhibited increased concentrations of NO3- and SO42- during the dry season, most likely due to the long-range transport of pollutants from the northeastern United States as well as local pollutants. Marine aerosols clearly influence Cuba’s rain. Only a small fraction of the potentially acidic ions contributes to the free acidity of Cuba’s rainwater, mainly due to the neutralizing capacity of some ions such as Cl-, Na+, Ca+2, and NH4+. The implementation of abatement techniques for SO2 and NOX and some elements emissions from major stationary sources will be an effective measure to improve air quality in Cuba.

  3. Rain Fade Compensation for Ka-Band Communications Satellites

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    Mitchell, W. Carl; Nguyen, Lan; Dissanayake, Asoka; Markey, Brian; Le, Anh

    1997-01-01

    This report provides a review and evaluation of rain fade measurement and compensation techniques for Ka-band satellite systems. This report includes a description of and cost estimates for performing three rain fade measurement and compensation experiments. The first experiment deals with rain fade measurement techniques while the second one covers the rain fade compensation techniques. The third experiment addresses a feedback flow control technique for the ABR service (for ATM-based traffic). The following conclusions were observed in this report; a sufficient system signal margin should be allocated for all carriers in a network, that is a fixed clear-sky margin should be typically in the range of 4-5 dB and should be more like 15 dB in the up link for moderate and heavy rain zones; to obtain a higher system margin it is desirable to combine the uplink power control technique with the technique that implements the source information rate and FEC code rate changes resulting in a 4-5 dB increase in the dynamic part of the system margin. The experiments would assess the feasibility of the fade measurements and compensation techniques, and ABR feedback control technique.

  4. A conditional simulation model of intermittent rain fields

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    L. G. Lanza

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available The synthetic generation of random fields with specified probability distribution, correlation structure and probability of no-rain areas is used as the basis for the formulation of a stochastic space-time rainfall model conditional on rain gauge observations. A new procedure for conditioning while preserving intermittence is developed to provide constraints to Monte Carlo realisations of possible rainfall scenarios. The method addresses the properties of the convolution operator involved in generating random field realisations and is actually independent of the numerical algorithm used for unconditional simulation. It requires only the solution of a linear system of algebraic equations the order of which is given by the number of the conditioning nodes. Applications of the methodology are expected in rainfall field reconstruction from sparse rain gauge data and in rainfall downscaling from the large scale information that may be provided by remote sensing devices or numerical weather prediction models. Keywords: Space-time rainfall; Conditioning; Stochastic models

  5. A review of rain erosion problems for aerogenerators

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    Mortimer, A. R.

    Erosive mechanisms and protective measures available for windpowered generators exposed to rain are examined. Rain erosion is modeled in two stages: an incubation phase, when plastic deformation and crack formation occur with no loss of weight; and a phase of actual material loss. Raindrop impact causes a progressive tearing action, which is significant in the erosion of soft, compliant elastomers; light rain over a long time period is noted to cause fatigue. Choosing a protective surface necessitates consideration of both surface impact and the effects on the substrate. Metal, polymeric, and composite coatings are discussed, and it is found that softness reduces impact damage, and fine weaves in composites enhances stress concentration corrosion resistance. Continued studies specifically dealing with wind turbine blades are recommended, as current knowledge is derived from existing helicopter and propeller driven airplane data.

  6. Estimation of Water Vapour Attenuation And Rain Attenuation

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    K.Kalyana Srinivas

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Attenuation due to and water vapour and rain can severely degrade the radio wave propagation at centimeter or millimeter wavelengths. It restricts the path length of radio communication systems and limits the use of higher frequencies for line-of-sight microwave links and satellite communications. The attenuation will pose a greater problem to communication as the frequency of occurrence of heavy rain increases.In a tropical region, like Malaysia, where excessive rainfall is a common phenomenon throughout the year, the knowledge of the rain attenuation at the frequency of operation is extremely required for the design of a reliable terrestrial and earth space communication link at a particular location.

  7. Statistical Prediction of Heavy Rain in South Korea

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    This study is aimed at the development of a statistical model for forecasting heavy rain in South Korea. For the 3-hour weather forecast system, the 10 km× 10 km area-mean amount of rainfall at 6 stations (Seoul, Daejeon, Gangreung, Gwangju, Busan, and Jeju) in South Korea are used. And the corresponding 45 synoptic factors generated by the numerical model are used as potential predictors. Four statistical forecast models (linear regression model, logistic regression model, neural network model and decision tree model) for the occurrence of heavy rain are based on the model output statistics (MOS) method. They are separately estimated by the same training data. The thresholds are considered to forecast the occurrence of heavy rain because the distribution of estimated values that are generated by each model is too skewed.The results of four models are compared via Heidke skill scores. As a result, the logistic regression model is recommended.

  8. New biology of red rain extremophiles prove cometary panspermia

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    Louis, G; Louis, Godfrey

    2003-01-01

    This paper reports the extraordinary biology of the microorganisms from the mysterious red rain of Kerala, India. These chemosynthetic organisms grow optimally at an extreme high temperature of 300 degrees C in hydrothermal conditions and can metabolize inorganic and organic compounds including hydrocarbons. Stages found in their life cycle show reproduction by a special multiple fission process and the red cells found in the red rain are identified as the resting spores of these microbes. While these extreme hyperthermophiles contain proteins, our study shows the absence of DNA in these organisms, indicating a new primitive domain of life with alternate thermostable genetics. This new biology proves our earlier hypothesis that these microbes are of extraterrestrial origin and also supports our earlier argument that the mysterious red rain of Kerala is due to the cometary delivery of the red spores into the stratosphere above Kerala.

  9. Ostwald ripening and the kinetics of rain initiation

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    Wilkinson, Michael

    2011-01-01

    A central problem in cloud physics is understanding the kinetics of the growth of water droplets. It is believed that there exists a 'condensation-coalescence bottleneck' in the growth of intermediate size droplets. Here the Lifshitz-Slezov theory of Ostwald ripening is applied to the kinetics of the growth of rain drops. The analysis shows that kinetic barriers to rain initiation are not significant. It is also shown that Ostwald ripening can greatly enhance the apparent collision efficiency of droplets falling under gravity.

  10. Determination of Cs-134 and Cs-137 rain water samples

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    In order to setting an environmental monitoring program at IPEN, was developed a fast and simple methodology for concentration of Cs-134 and Cs-137 in rain water. This procedure consists in the precipitation of cesium and others cathions of its family (NH4+, K+ and Rb+) by ammonium molybdophosphate. The measures of the desintegration rates of Cs-134 and Cs-137 was done by gamma spectrometry in a Ge(Li) detector. After setting up the ideal experimental conditions, the procedure was used to analyze four samples of rain water. (author)

  11. Coastal and rain-induced wind variability depicted by scatterometers

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    Portabella, M.; Lin, W.; Stoffelen, A.; Turiel, A.; Verhoef, A.; Verspeek, J.; Ballabrera, J.; Vogelzang, J.

    2012-04-01

    A detailed knowledge of local wind variability near the shore is very important since it strongly affects the weather and microclimate in coastal regions. Since coastal areas are densely populated and most activity at sea occurs near the shore, sea-surface wind field information is important for a number of applications. In the vicinity of land sea-breeze, wave fetch, katabatic and current effects are more likely than in the open ocean, thus enhancing air-sea interaction. Also very relevant for air-sea interaction are the rain-induced phenomena, such as downbursts and convergence. Relatively cold and dry air is effectively transported to the ocean surface and surface winds are enhanced. In general, both coastal and rain-induced wind variability are poorly resolved by Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models. Satellite real aperture radars (i.e., scatterometers) are known to provide accurate mesoscale (25-50 km resolution) sea surface wind field information used in a wide variety of applications. Nowadays, there are two operating scatterometers in orbit, i.e., the C-band Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) onboard Metop-A and the Ku-band scatterometer (OSCAT) onboard Oceansat-2. The EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) delivers several ASCAT level 2 wind products with 25 km and 12.5 km Wind Vector Cell (WVC) spacing, including a pre-operational coastal wind product as well as an OSCAT level 2 wind product with 50 km spacing in development status. Rain is known to both attenuate and scatter the microwave signal. In addition, there is a "splashing" effect. The roughness of the sea surface is increased because of splashing due to rain drops. The so-called "rain contamination" is larger for Ku-band scatterometer systems than for C-band systems. Moreover, the associated downdrafts lead to variable wind speeds and directions, further complicating the wind retrieval. The C-band ASCAT high resolution wind processing is validated under rainy

  12. Potential health implications for acid precipitation, corrosion, and metals contamination of drinking water.

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    Sharpe, W E; DeWalle, D R

    1985-01-01

    Potential health effects of drinking water quality changes caused by acid precipitation are presented. Several different types of water supply are discussed and their roles in modifying acid rain impacts on drinking water are explained. Sources of metals contamination in surface water supplies are enumerated. The authors present some results from their research into acid rain impacts on roof-catchment cisterns, small surface water supplies, and lead mobilization in acid soils. A good correlat...

  13. Whether or Not to Run in the Rain

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    Bocci, Franco

    2012-01-01

    The problem of choosing an optimal strategy for moving in the rain has attracted considerable attention among physicists and other scientists. Taking a novel approach, this paper shows, by studying simple shaped bodies, that the answer depends on the shape and orientation of the moving body and on wind direction and intensity. For different body…

  14. Rain Tolk : "Jan Uuspõld on asendamatu" / Greta Kaupmees

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    2006-01-01

    Kanal 2 saate "TOP 10" naljameeste pingereas platseerus näitleja Jan Uuspõld 4. kohale. Teda iseloomustades pole üks komöödiafilmi "Jan Uuspõld läheb Tartusse" autoreid Rain Tolk kiitusega kitsi

  15. Large Deviation Analysis of Rapid Onset of Rain Showers

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    Wilkinson, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Rainfall from ice-free cumulus clouds requires collisions of large numbers of microscopic droplets to create every raindrop. The onset of rain showers can be surprisingly rapid, much faster than the mean time required for a single collision. Large-deviation theory is used to explain this observation.

  16. Observing the formation of flare-driven coronal rain

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    Scullion, E; Antolin, P; Wedemeyer, S; Vissers, G; Kontar, E P; Gallagher, P

    2016-01-01

    Flare-driven coronal rain can manifest from rapidly cooled plasma condensations near coronal loop-tops in thermally unstable post-flare arcades. We detect 5 phases that characterise the post-flare decay: heating, evaporation, conductive cooling dominance for ~120 s, radiative / enthalpy cooling dominance for ~4700 s and finally catastrophic cooling occurring within 35-124 s leading to rain strands with s periodicity of 55-70 s. We find an excellent agreement between the observations and model predictions of the dominant cooling timescales and the onset of catastrophic cooling. At the rain formation site we detect co-moving, multi-thermal rain clumps that undergo catastrophic cooling from ~1 MK to ~22000 K. During catastrophic cooling the plasma cools at a maximum rate of 22700 K s-1 in multiple loop-top sources. We calculated the density of the EUV plasma from the DEM of the multi-thermal source employing regularised inversion. Assuming a pressure balance, we estimate the density of the chromospheric componen...

  17. Disturbance, diversity and distributions in Central African rain forest

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    Gemerden, van B.S.

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study is to gain insight in the impact of human land use on plant community composition, diversity and levels of endemism in Central African rain forest. Human disturbance in this region is causing large-scale habitat degradation. The two most widespread forms of land use are selecti

  18. Household response to environmental incentives for rain garden adoption

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    Newburn, David A.; Alberini, Anna

    2016-02-01

    A decentralized approach to encourage the voluntary adoption of household stormwater management practices is increasingly needed to mitigate urban runoff and to comply with more stringent water quality regulations. We analyze the household response to a hypothetical rebate program to incentivize rain garden adoption using household survey data from the Baltimore-Washington corridor. We asked respondents whether the household would adopt a rain garden without a rebate or when offered a randomly assigned rebate. An interval-data model is used to estimate household demand on the willingness to pay (WTP) for a rain garden as a function of demographic factors, gardening activities, environmental attitudes, and other household characteristics. Estimation results indicate that mean WTP for a rain garden in our sample population is approximately $6.72 per square foot, corresponding to almost three-fourths of the installation cost. The expected adoption rate more than tripled when comparing no rebate versus a government rebate set at one-third of the installation cost, indicating that economic incentives matter. There is substantial heterogeneity in the WTP among households. Higher levels of WTP are estimated for households with higher environmental concern for the Chesapeake Bay and local streams, garden experience, higher income, and non-senior citizen adults. We conclude that a cost-share rebate approach is likely to significantly affect household adoption decisions, and the partial contributions paid by households can assist with lowering the substantial compliance costs for local governments to meet water quality requirements.

  19. Light Reflection from Water Surfaces Perturbed by Falling Rain Droplets

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    Molesini, Giuseppe; Vannoni, Maurizio

    2009-01-01

    An account of peculiar light patterns produced by reflection in a pool under falling rain droplets was recently reported by Molesini and Vannoni (2008 Eur. J. Phys. 29 403-11). The mathematical approach, however, only covered the case of a symmetrical location of a light source and the observer's eyes with respect to the vertical of the falling…

  20. Splash : the dispersal of fungal plant pathogens in rain events

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    Pielaat, A.

    2000-01-01

    Models were developed to study splash dispersal of fungal plant pathogens in space and time. The models incorporate the main mechanisms involved in splash dispersal, that is 1. A raindrop hits the thin water film on the crop surface containing spores and spores are dispersed in the splashing rain dr

  1. Canopy dynamics of a tropical rain forest in French Guiana.

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    Meer, van der P.J.

    1995-01-01

    The canopy dynamics (i.e. the formation and closure of canopy gaps) of a tropical rain forest in French Guiana are described. The formation of canopy gaps is investigated. The difficulties with gap size measurements are studied, and causes and consequences of treefalls and branchfalls are examined.

  2. Characterization and morphology of solids suspended in rain water

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    This work presents the results obtained from the analysis of rain water in Mexico. The study treats over the characterization and morphology of the solids suspended in form of particles in the atmosphere. The solids suspended were obtained of the pluvial precipitations after these have been centrifuged. Subsequently of the separation, the particulate matter was analysed by Sem and X-ray dispersive energy

  3. 14 CFR 33.78 - Rain and hail ingestion.

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    2010-01-01

    ....78 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: AIRCRAFT ENGINES Design and Construction; Turbine Aircraft Engines § 33.78 Rain and... aircraft operating in rough air, with the engine at maximum continuous power, may not cause...

  4. Large Deviation Analysis of Rapid Onset of Rain Showers.

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    Wilkinson, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Rainfall from ice-free cumulus clouds requires collisions of large numbers of microscopic droplets to create every raindrop. The onset of rain showers can be surprisingly rapid, much faster than the mean time required for a single collision. Large-deviation theory is used to explain this observation. PMID:26799046

  5. Dew, fog, drizzle and rain water in Baku (Azerbaijan)

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    Meunier, D.; Beysens, D.

    2016-09-01

    Dwindling supplies of fresh water and climate changes have drawn attention to the need to find alternative sources of water globally. This study examines the potential of the semi-arid region of Baku (Azerbaijan) to exploit in particular dew, but also fog, drizzle and rain water. The Absheron Peninsular suffers from scarceness of water and non-hazardous water sources. Measurements were taken in this region on a 30° inclined plane passive condenser over a year (1/4/2010-31/3/2011) to determine the contribution and validity of using these alternative sources of water. The results show a significant relative contribution from these sources during this period (rain: 84 mm; dew: 15 mm; fog: 6 mm; drizzle: 13 mm). The fact that rain was measured within 23 km from the main station leads to uncertainties in its relative contribution. However, at least for the year under study, there are fair indications that collecting dew, fog and drizzle in addition to rain can significantly increase the collected atmospheric water with value estimated on order 40% ± 20%.

  6. Rain Forests(高一适用)

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    2004-01-01

    More than 50,000,000 people of the world live in rain forests andmost of them do not hurt the forests theylive in. They eat the fruits that grow onthe trees, but they do not cut them down.They kill animals for food, but they do notdestroy them.

  7. Lightning-based propagation of convective rain fields

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    S. Dietrich

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a new multi-sensor approach for continuously monitoring convective rain cells. It exploits lightning data from surface networks to propagate rain fields estimated from multi-frequency brightness temperature measurements taken by the AMSU/MHS microwave radiometers onboard NOAA/EUMETSAT low Earth orbiting operational satellites. Specifically, the method allows inferring the development (movement, morphology and intensity of convective rain cells from the spatial and temporal distribution of lightning strokes following any observation by a satellite-borne microwave radiometer. Obviously, this is particularly attractive for real-time operational purposes, due to the sporadic nature of the low Earth orbiting satellite measurements and the continuous availability of ground-based lightning measurements – as is the case in most of the Mediterranean region. A preliminary assessment of the lightning-based rainfall propagation algorithm has been successfully made by using two pairs of consecutive AMSU observations, in conjunction with lightning measurements from the ZEUS network, for two convective events. Specifically, we show that the evolving rain fields, which are estimated by applying the algorithm to the satellite-based rainfall estimates for the first AMSU overpass, show an overall agreement with the satellite-based rainfall estimates for the second AMSU overpass.

  8. Rain Erosion Behavior of Silicon Dioxide Films Prepared on Sapphire

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    Liping FENG; Zhengtang LIU; Wenting LIU

    2005-01-01

    Silicon dioxide (SiO2) films were prepared on sapphire (α-Al2O3) by radio frequency magnetron reactive sputtering in order to in crease both transmission and rain erosion resistant performance of infrared domes of sapphire. Composition and structure of SiO2 films were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD),respectively. The transmittance of uncoated and coated sapphire was measured using a Fourier transform infrared(FTIR) spectrometer. Rain erosion tests of the uncoated and coated sapphire were performed at 211 m/s impact velocity with an exposure time ranging from 1 to 8 min on a whirling arm rig. Results show that the deposited films can greatly increase the transmission of sapphire in mid-wave IR. After rain erosion test, decreases in normalized transmission were less than 1% for designed SiO2 films and the SiO2 coating was strongly bonded to the sapphire substrate. In addition, sapphires coated with SiO2 films had a higher transmittance than uncoated ones after rain erosion.

  9. Prosthesis, Surrogation, and Relation in Arturo Islas's "The Rain God"

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    Cutler, John Alba

    2008-01-01

    This essay seeks to intervene in critical discussions about Arturo Islas's 1984 novel "The Rain God", as well as to suggest the potential for synthesizing discourses heretofore deployed in disparate conversations about disability, sexuality, and ethnicity. I first demonstrate how the novel's queer characters, Miguel Chico and Felix, pose critical…

  10. Mechanics of Interrill Erosion with Wind-Driven Rain (WDR)

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    This article provides an evaluation analysis for the performance of the interrill component of the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model for Wind-Driven Rain (WDR) events. The interrill delivery rates (Di) were collected in the wind tunnel rainfall simulator facility of the International Cen...

  11. Plant diversity after rain-forest fires in Borneo

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    Eichhorn, Karl August Otto

    2006-01-01

    In the last two decades El-Niño-induced fires have caused widespread destruction of forests in East Kalimantan. The 1997-98 fires were the most extensive yet. The post-fire situation was studied in detail by field assessments and high-resolution SAR-images. My results show that rain forests are bett

  12. Rain Fade Compensation Alternatives for Ka Band Communication Satellites

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    Acosta, Roberto J.

    1997-01-01

    Future satellite communications systems operating in Ka-band frequency band are subject to degradation produced by the troposphere which is much more severe than those found at lower frequency bands. These impairments include signal absorption by rain, clouds and gases, and amplitude scintillation's arising from refractive index irregularities. For example, rain attenuation at 20 GHz is almost three times that at 11 GHz. Although some of these impairments can be overcome by oversizing the ground station antennas and high power amplifiers, the current trend is using small (less than 20 inches apertures), low-cost ground stations (less than $1000) that can be easily deployed at user premises. As a consequence, most Ka-band systems are expected to employ different forms of fade mitigation that can be implemented relatively easily and at modest cost. The rain fade mitigation approaches are defined by three types of Ka-band communications systems - a low service rate (less than 1.5 Mb/s), a moderate service rate (1.5 to 6 Mb/s) system and a high service rate (greater than 43 Mb/s) system. The ACTS VSAT network, which includes an adaptive rain fade technique, is an example of a moderate service rate.

  13. Rain-induced subsurface airflow and Lisse effect

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    Guo, H.; Jiao, J.J.; Weeks, E.P.

    2008-01-01

    Water-level increase after rainfall is usually indicative of rainfall recharge to groundwater. This, however, may not be true if the Lisse effect occurs. This effect represents the water-level increase in a well driven by airflow induced by an advancing wetting front during highly intensive rains. The rainwater, which may behave like a low-permeability lid, seals the ground surface so that the air pressure beneath the wetting front is increased because of air compression due to downward movement of the wetting front. A rapid and substantial rise of the water level in the well screened below water table, which bears no relationship to groundwater recharge, can be induced when various factors such as soil properties and the rain-runoff condition combine favorably. A transient, three-dimensional and variably saturated flow model was employed to study the air and groundwater flows in the soil under rain conditions. The objectives of this paper are two-fold: to evaluate the reliability of the theory of the Lisse effect presented by Weeks to predict its magnitude in modeled situations that mimic the physical complexity of real aquifers, and to conduct parametric studies on the sensitivity of the water-level rise in the well to soil properties and the rain event. The simulation results reveal that the magnitude of the Lisse effect increases with the ponding depth. Soil permeability plays a key role in generating the Lisse effect. The water-level rise in the well is delayed relative to the air-pressure rise in the unsaturated zone when the soil permeability is low, and the maximum water-level rise is less than the maximum air pressure induced by rain infiltration. The simulation also explores the sensitivity of the Lisse effect to the van Genuchten parameters and the water table depth. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

  14. The Role of Ecologists in Designing Rain Gardens: Enhancing Nitrate removal Performance

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    Rain gardens are vegetated surface depressions designed to receive stormwater runoff from roads, roofs, and parking lots. Stormwater infiltration through rain gardens’ sandy soils is intended to have both water quantity and quality benefits, through stream peak flow reduction and...

  15. 长沙黄雨的观测分析及其形成机制的探讨%Survey and Analysis of Yellow Rain in Changsha and the Research of Its Forming Process

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    尹沙林

    2001-01-01

    Yellow rain is caused by pine-tree pollen according to investigation of many years in Changsha. The discussion was given on how the yellow rain is formed and what the material source is in Changsha. It analyzed the relationships of air particulates enrichment effect,ain pollution and acid rain pollution,pointing out the harm of pollen rain to sensitive people.%根据对长沙黄雨的多年观测,确定黄雨是松树花粉所致。进而探讨了长沙地区黄雨的物质来源及其形成机制,并分析了大气颗粒物富集效应与大气污染、酸雨污染的关系,还指出了花粉雨对敏感人群可能造成的危害。

  16. Statistical and neural classifiers in estimating rain rate from weather radar measurements

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    C. I. Christodoulou; S. C. Michaelides

    2007-01-01

    International audience Weather radars are used to measure the electromagnetic radiation backscattered by cloud raindrops. Clouds that backscatter more electromagnetic radiation consist of larger droplets of rain and therefore they produce more rain. The idea is to estimate rain rate by using weather radar as an alternative to rain-gauges measuring rainfall on the ground. In an experiment during two days in June and August 1997 over the Italian-Swiss Alps, data from weather radar and surrou...

  17. Nitrogen and phosphorus resorption in a neotropical rain forest of a nutrient-rich soil.

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    Martínez-Sánchez, José Luis

    2005-01-01

    In tropical forests with nutrient-rich soil tree's nutrient resorption from senesced leaves has not always been observed to be low. Perhaps this lack of consistence is partly owing to the nutrient resorption methods used. The aim of the study was to analyse N and P resorption proficiency from tropical rain forest trees in a nutrient-rich soil. It was hypothesised that trees would exhibit low nutrient resorption in a nutrient-rich soil. The soil concentrations of total N and extractable P, among other physical and chemical characteristics, were analysed in 30 samples in the soil surface (10 cm) of three undisturbed forest plots at 'Estaci6n de Biologia Los Tuxtlas' on the east coast of Mexico (18 degrees 34' - 18 degrees 36' N, 95 degrees 04' - 95 degrees 09' W). N and P resorption proficiency were determined from senescing leaves in 11 dominant tree species. Nitrogen was analysed by microkjeldahl digestion with sulphuric acid and distilled with boric acid, and phosphorus was analysed by digestion with nitric acid and perchloric acid. Soil was rich in total N (0.50%, n = 30) and extractable P (4.11 microg g(-1) n = 30). As expected, trees showed incomplete N (1.13%, n = 11) and P (0.11%, n = 1) resorption. With a more accurate method of nutrient resorption assessment, it is possible to prove that a forest community with a nutrient-rich soil can have low levels of N and P resorption. PMID:17354446

  18. Verification of wind fields by means of rain cell tracking

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    Herbort, F.

    2009-09-01

    VERIFICATION OF WIND FIELDS BY MEANS OF RAIN CELL TRACKING Herbort, F., Knigge, C. and Etling, D, Institute of Meteorology and Climatology, Leibniz University Hannover,Germany herbort@muk.uni-hannover.de The regional weather forecast model COSMO-DE of the German weather service is run at a spatial resolution of 2.8 km. This results in rather detailed simulations of meteorological fields like pressure, temperature and wind. In contrast, for verification of those NWP products outside the atmospheric surface layer, only a few radiosonde stations can provide the necessary observations. In order to improve the spatial and temporal resolution of observed wind fields we propose a new method based on the motion of rain cells as observed by the German rain radar network. The radar product consist of the radar reflectivity over Germany caused by hydrometeors with a spatial resolution of about 1 km and a temporal resolution of 5 minutes. The tracking of localised radar echoes caused by post frontal showers has been used for statistical analysis of rain showers in earlier work at our institute (Weusthoff and Hauf,2008). The fields of radar reflectivity are analysed in our work by the so-called PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) method as used in experimental fluid mechanics for obtaining velocity fields of flow phenomena. Instead of solid particles as used as tracking objects in laboratory flows we use the localised radar reflectivities caused by the rain showers as tracer particles for the PIV method. The PIV algorithm provides two dimensional wind fields in the area of Germany with a few kilometres spatial resolution. The observed wind fields are compared to the wind fields obtained by the COSMO-DE model at several vertical levels in the lowest 4 kilometres of the atmosphere. By this way we could not only obtain some estimates for the skill of the wind field forecasts of the model but also could provide information on the most suitable model level for wind forecast

  19. Proceedings of the international workshop on the effects of acid precipitation on vegetation, soils, and terrestrial ecosystems, Brookhaven National Laboratory, June 12 to 14, 1979

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    Evans, L.S.; Hendrey, G.R. (eds.)

    1979-01-01

    The objectives of the workshop were to determine the levels of current knowledge of the effects of acid precipitation on vegetation, soils, and terrestrial ecosystems; research needed in these areas to understand the environmental impacts of acid rain; and to help coordinate research groups to avoid excessive duplication of research. The workshop was designed so that researchers in the areas of effects of acid precipitation on vegetation, soils, and whole ecosystem approaches could communicate effectively. There was a general consensus that acid rain at extreme ambient levels, or in artificial systems that simulate extreme ambient levels, causes injury to plant tissues. A major area of concern of acid rain injury was thought to be plant reproduction. The overall levels of significance of plant injury among various plant species remain unknown. The most important priorities in the area of effects of acid rain on crops were an evaluation of effects on crop yields and interaction of acid rain in combination with pollutants on various plants. Few participants thought that ambient acid rain loadings have altered soils to such a degree that plants are affected at present, but many thought that acid rain could cause some alterations in soils. The most important research priorities were in the areas of the effects of acid rain on increased leaching of exchangeable plant nutrients and alterations in phosphorous availability. All participants agreed that there are alterations in terrestrial ecosystems from acid precipitation. However, no demonstrated harmful effects were presented from natural ecosystems. Further research on the effects of acid rain on terrestrial ecosystems should be directed mostly toward the interaction of acid rain with toxic elements such as Al, Fe, and Mn and on the effects on nutrient cycling, especially that of nitrogen.

  20. Discovery of Uranium in Outer Coat of Sri Lankan Red Rain Cells

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    Miyake, Nori; Matsui, Takafumi; Wallis, Jamie; Wallis, Daryl H.; Samaranayake, Anil; Wickramarathne, Keerthi; Wickramasinghe, N. Chandra

    2013-03-01

    The microbial content of the red rain that fell over central Sri Lanka in November/December 2012 shows generic similarities to that of the Kerala red rain. Light microscope examination of the Sri Lankan red rain indicates that the defining red rain cells exist in the presence of other microorganisms including diatoms. We report the results of a preliminary TEM study of the red rain cells that shows them to have outer cell walls unusually rich in uranium, and a nuclear region with a strong deficit or absence of phosphorus.

  1. Fungus-Growing Termites Originated in African Rain Forest

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    Aanen, Duur Kornelis; Eggleton, Paul

    2005-01-01

    are consumed (cf. [ [1] and [2] ]). Fungus-growing termites are found throughout the Old World tropics, in rain forests and savannas, but are ecologically dominant in savannas [ 3 ]. Here, we reconstruct the ancestral habitat and geographical origin of fungus-growing termites. We used a statistical model......Fungus-growing termites (subfamily Macrotermitinae, Isoptera) cultivate fungal crops (genus Termitomyces, Basidiomycotina) in gardens inside their colonies. Those fungus gardens are continuously provided with plant substrates, whereas older parts that have been well decomposed by the fungus...... of habitat switching [ 4 ] repeated over all phylogenetic trees sampled in a Bayesian analysis of molecular data [ 5 ]. Our reconstructions provide strong evidence that termite agriculture originated in African rain forest and that the main radiation leading to the extant genera occurred there. Because...

  2. Small Scale Variability of Rain: Impact On Radar Measurement

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    Gosset, M.; Delrieu, G.

    Most retrieval algorithmes used to convert radar data assume (at least implicitely) that the field observed, rain for example, is uniform within the radar beam. In this presentation we use simple models and simulations tools to analyse some effects of nonuniform beamfilling (NUBF) This study focuses specially on NUBF effects at attenuating frequencies. We find that a combination of non uniform rain and accumulated attenuation can affect the param- eters measured with a radar operating at attenuating wavelength. We analyse how the apparant attenuation is affected and analyse the practical conse- quences on attenuation correction scheme. A second point of interest is polarimetric parameters. We focus in particular on differ- ential polarimetric propagation parameters such as propagation phase shift, which are potentially useful for attenuation correction. We found some interesting and surprising results.

  3. The structure of convective rain cells at mid-latitudes

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Rain cells are structures which represent an important component of convective precipitation and a study of their properties represents a necessary step both towards improved stochastic models of small-scale precipitation and for the verification of deterministic high resolution local-area models. The case of intense convective precipitation in the tropics has been analysed in a recent study (von Hardenberg et al., 2003. Here we extend the analysis to mid-latitudes and we present results on the structure of convective rain cells observed by radar measurements in Italy. In particular we consider the average shape of precipitation cells and its dependence on radar resolution and the distributions of ellipticities.

  4. Cometary panspermia explains the red rain of Kerala

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    Louis, G; Louis, Godfrey

    2003-01-01

    Red coloured rain occurred in many places of Kerala in India during July to September 2001 due to the mixing of huge quantity of microscopic red cells in the rainwater. Considering its correlation with a meteor airbust event, this phenomenon raised an extraordinary question whether the cells are extraterrestrial. Here we show how the observed features of the red rain phenomenon can be explained by considering the fragmentation and atmospheric disintegration of a fragile cometary body that presumably contains a dense collection of red cells. Slow settling of cells in the stratosphere explains the continuation of the phenomenon for two months. The red cells under study appear to be the resting spores of an extremophilic microorganism. Possible presence of these cells in the interstellar clouds is speculated from its similarity in UV absorption with the 217.5 nm UV extinction feature of interstellar clouds.

  5. Fluoride contamination in rain water of Sigrauli region

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    Chaurasia, S.; Mishra, S.K. [Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya, Chitrakoot (India)

    2007-07-01

    In this paper fluoride was monitored in rain water during rainy season at seven locations of Sigrauli region in 2004. The sampling location covered the impact of industrial complex of the area, and its impact on surface water sources monitored for the fluoride, pH, and electrical conductivity. The higher concentration of fluoride in rain water was observed 2.03 mg/L at Dudhar and in ponds water highest value was 3.14 mg/L. This suggested that serious fluoride pollution is occurring in Singrauli region posing a threat to the health and livelihood of the people of the region. Fluoride transported by the air route from coal burning emissions of large thermal power plants concentrate in small geographical area, and industries. Fluoride pollution in Singrauli area deserve intensive scientific studies and urgent attention. 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. Threatened bryophytes of the neotropical rain forest : a status report

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    Gradstein, Stephan Robbert

    1992-01-01

    Tropical deforestation, inevitably, leads to the local loss of bryophyte species. Recent studies show that the degree of species loss may vary considerably and depends on the scale or amount of habitat change that has occurred. Predictably, the shade epiphytes are most seriously affected by disturbance. An estimated 10% of the bryophyte species of neotropical rain forests are under threat. Based on data from recent monographs, a first list of 19 endangered and 27 rare species of these forests...

  7. Attenuation of 3CM Microwaves Due to Artificial Rain

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    J. K. Singh

    1966-04-01

    Full Text Available Observations to study the variation of attenuation of 3cm waves due to falling of water or artificial rain are confined to the high rates of precipitation and short distance between the transmitter and receiver, due to low power of the microwave generator. A comparison of these observations and those recorded by others shows that the attenuation increases nonlinearly with the intensity of artificial rainfall which is generally assumed to be linear for the observations at lower rates of precipitation.

  8. Whether or not to run in the rain

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    Bocci, Franco

    2012-09-01

    The problem of choosing an optimal strategy for moving in the rain has attracted considerable attention among physicists and other scientists. Taking a novel approach, this paper shows, by studying simple shaped bodies, that the answer depends on the shape and orientation of the moving body and on wind direction and intensity. For different body shapes, the best strategy may be different: in some cases, it is best to run as fast as possible, while in some others there is an optimal speed.

  9. THE ENERGETIC AGGREGATION AND RELEASE IN THE HEAVY RAIN REGION

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    ZHOU Hai-guang; LIU Hai-tao; LIU Yan-ying

    2006-01-01

    Using the new formula of moist available energy (MAE), the value of the MAE's key terms of three heavy rainfall cases in Guangdong province in 1998 was calculated. The energetic aggregation and energetic discharge are analyzed. It shows that the value of the key terms in the formula appears different feature clearly in the different precipitation period, as well as the function of each term presents in the heavy rain region.

  10. Interpretation of SoilData from the Rain Project

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    Reuss, J. O.

    1989-01-01

    Process-oriented models for prediction of soil and water acidification at the catchment scale require soil chemical and physical data as input parameters. Choice of soil properties characteristic for an entire catchment poses a major dilemma. This report deals with the interpretation of analyses from about 200 soils samples collected 1983-86 from the 7 catchments included in the RAIN project (Reversing Acidification In Norway). Various statistical techniques are used to derive characteristic ...

  11. Disturbance, diversity and distributions in Central African rain forest

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    Gemerden, van, E.

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study is to gain insight in the impact of human land use on plant community composition, diversity and levels of endemism in Central African rain forest. Human disturbance in this region is causing large-scale habitat degradation. The two most widespread forms of land use are selective logging and shifting cultivation. Assessment of the long-term effects of these land uses on plant species composition will provide elements for the identification of effective conservation measu...

  12. Canopy gap colonization in the Atlantic Montane Rain Forest

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    Renato A. Ferreira de Lima; Leila Cunha de Moura

    2006-01-01

    In the Atlantic Montane Rain Forest of South-eastern Brazil, a study was carried out to describe and evaluate canopy gap colonization. Gap composition by herb species was assessed through their soil coverage and woody species by measuring and identifying all individuals taller than one meter. Gap structure (gap size, number and diameter of treefalls), topographic position and surrounding vegetation were also measured. Two genera of Marantaceae were markedly frequent and abundant inside gaps. ...

  13. [Characteristics of seed rain on abandoned slopes in the hilly-gullied Loess Plateau, Northwest China].

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    Yu, Wei-jie; Chen, Yu; Jiao, Ju-ying; Wang, Dong-li; Wang, Zhi-jie; Wei, Yan-hong; Kou, Meng; Yin, Qiu-long

    2015-02-01

    The objective of this study was to analyze the dynamic characteristics of seed rain on abandoned slopes in the hilly-gullied Loess Plateau region and identify the relationship between seed rain and standing vegetation. Three abandoned slopes were chosen as sampling sites in Zhifanggou watershed. Thirty traps were installed at each site to collect seed rain from October 2010 to April 2013. Standing vegetation was surveyed to identify dominant species in August 2011 and 2012, respectively. Thirty-seven species belonging to seventeen families were identified in the seed rain, and the dominant species, i.e., Lespedeza davurica, Astragalus scaberrimus, Setaria viridis, Cleistogenes squarrosa, Stipa bungeana, Bothriochloa ischcemum, Artemisia scoparia, A. gmelinii, and Heteropappus altaicus, took up to 95.8% of the total seed rain. Three species in seed rain were not found in the standing vegetation. The Sorensen similarity index between seed rain and standing vegetation was 0.77. Seed rain densities were 3737 and 6449 seeds · m(-2) in May 2011-April 2012 and May 2012-April 2013, respectively, and alternate bearing existed. During the study period, seed rain from different positions varied from 3853 to 37923 seeds · m(-2) and belonged to 7-15 species. The results indicated the space limitation of seed dispersal. Seed rain densities were in the middle of the pack compared with similar ecosystems in other studies. High temporal and spatial heterogeneity of seed rain was observed because of rainfall, microtopography and so on. PMID:26094452

  14. Speciation of 129I in sea, lake and rain waters

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    Lehto, Jukka; Räty, Tero; Hou, Xiaolin;

    2012-01-01

    11.1±4.3μg/l and 3.9±4.1×10−9 at/l. In rain and lake waters the concentration of 129I was more or less identical and almost one order of magnitude lower than in sea water. Based on these observations, and data from the literature, it is assumed that the source of 129I in lakes is precipitation and......Concentrations of the very long-lived fission product 129I and stable iodine (127I) in the Baltic Sea and lake and rain waters from Finland, were measured as well as their occurrence as iodide (I−) and iodate (IO3−). The highest concentrations of both 127I and 129I occurred in sea water, on average...... sea and lake waters by 92–96% and in rain water by 75–88%. Compared to 127I the fraction of iodide was slightly higher in case of 129I in all waters....

  15. Phenomena associated with rain deposition of radon daughters

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    Fujitaka, Kazunobu [National Inst. of Radiological Sciences, Chiba (Japan)

    1997-02-01

    Since Rn daughter nuclides generated from Rn gas in the air are generally absorbed on aerosol, its radioactivities are apt to deposit onto the ground with raindrop. Here, the effects of raining on the radiation level were investigated. The amount of precipitation was determined using a highly sensitive rain gauge (the nominal sensitivity of 0.0043 mm) and air radioactive level was measured using a scintillation monitor of 2``{phi}x2``NaI(Tl) which was set at 1.5 m height above the ground. The rising of {gamma}-radiation level associated with rainfall was expressed as percentage of the base line activity. The radiation level increased depending on the intervals between the successive rainfalls and the increase of radioactivity from base line was greater when the rainfall interval was less than 12 hours. Therefore, the amount of radiation deposit was suggested to be small when the rainfall interval is short. Ordinarily, the increase of air radiation level caused by rain deposition was thought to be within a range of 20-50%. (M.N.)

  16. Surface response to rain events throughout the West African monsoon

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    F. Lohou

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available This study analyses the response of the continental surface to a rain event, taking advantage of the long-term near-surface measurements over different vegetation covers at different latitudes, acquired during the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA experiment. The simulated surface response by nine land surface models involved in AMMA Land Model Intercomparison Project (ALMIP, is compared to the observations. The surface response, described via the evaporative fraction, evolves in two steps: the immediate surface response and the surface recovery. The immediate surface response corresponds to an increase in the evaporative fraction occurring immediately after the rain. For all the experimental sites, the immediate surface response is strongest when the surface is relatively dry. From the simulation point of view, this relationship is highly model and latitude dependent. The recovery period, characterized by a decrease of the evaporative fraction during several days after the rain, follows an exponential relationship whose rate is vegetation dependent: from 1 day over bare soil to 70 days over the forest. Land surface models correctly simulate the decrease of EF over vegetation covers whereas a slower and more variable EF decrease is simulated over bare soil.

  17. A rain splash transport equation assimilating field and laboratory measurements

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    Dunne, T.; Malmon, D.V.; Mudd, S.M.

    2010-01-01

    Process-based models of hillslope evolution require transport equations relating sediment flux to its major controls. An equation for rain splash transport in the absence of overland flow was constructed by modifying an approach developed by Reeve (1982) and parameterizing it with measurements from single-drop laboratory experiments and simulated rainfall on a grassland in East Africa. The equation relates rain splash to hillslope gradient, the median raindrop diameter of a storm, and ground cover density; the effect of soil texture on detachability can be incorporated from other published results. The spatial and temporal applicability of such an equation for rain splash transport in the absence of overland flow on uncultivated hillslopes can be estimated from hydrological calculations. The predicted transport is lower than landscape-averaged geologic erosion rates from Kenya but is large enough to modify short, slowly eroding natural hillslopes as well as microtopographic interrill surfaces between which overland flow transports the mobilized sediment. Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union. Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.

  18. Physical initialization using SSM/I rain rates

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    Krishnamurti, T. N.; Bedi, H. S.; Ingles, Kevin

    1993-01-01

    Following our recent study on physical initialization for tropical prediction using rain rates based on outgoing long-wave radiation, the present study demonstrates a major improvement from the use of microwave radiance-based rain rates. A rain rate algorithm is used on the data from a special sensor microwave instrument (SSM/I). The initialization, as before, uses a reverse surface similarity theory, a reverse cumulus parameterization algorithm, and a bisection method to minimize the difference between satellite-based and the model-based outgoing long-wave radiation. These are invoked within a preforecast Newtonian relaxation phase of the initialization. These tests are carried out with a high-resolution global spectral model. The impact of the initialization on forecast is tested for a complex triple typhoon scenario over the Western Pacific Ocean during September 1987. A major impact from the inclusion of the SSM/I is demonstrated. Also addressed are the spin-up issues related to the typhoon structure and the improved water budget from the physical initialization.

  19. Millimeter wave propagation modeling of inhomogeneous rain media for satellite communications systems

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    Persinger, R. R.; Stutzman, W. L.

    1978-01-01

    A theoretical propagation model that represents the scattering properties of an inhomogeneous rain often found on a satellite communications link is presented. The model includes the scattering effects of an arbitrary distribution of particle type (rain or ice), particle shape, particle size, and particle orientation within a given rain cell. An associated rain propagation prediction program predicts attenuation, isolation and phase shift as a function of ground rain rate. A frequency independent synthetic storm algorithm is presented that models nonuniform rain rates present on a satellite link. Antenna effects are included along with a discussion of rain reciprocity. The model is verified using the latest available multiple frequency data from the CTS and COMSTAR satellites. The data covers a wide range of frequencies, elevation angles, and ground site locations.

  20. Rain Characteristics and Large-Scale Environments of Precipitation Objects with Extreme Rain Volumes from TRMM Observations

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    Zhou, Yaping; Lau, William K M.; Liu, Chuntao

    2013-01-01

    This study adopts a "precipitation object" approach by using 14 years of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Precipitation Feature (PF) and National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) reanalysis data to study rainfall structure and environmental factors associated with extreme heavy rain events. Characteristics of instantaneous extreme volumetric PFs are examined and compared to those of intermediate and small systems. It is found that instantaneous PFs exhibit a much wider scale range compared to the daily gridded precipitation accumulation range. The top 1% of the rainiest PFs contribute over 55% of total rainfall and have 2 orders of rain volume magnitude greater than those of the median PFs. We find a threshold near the top 10% beyond which the PFs grow exponentially into larger, deeper, and colder rain systems. NCEP reanalyses show that midlevel relative humidity and total precipitable water increase steadily with increasingly larger PFs, along with a rapid increase of 500 hPa upward vertical velocity beyond the top 10%. This provides the necessary moisture convergence to amplify and sustain the extreme events. The rapid increase in vertical motion is associated with the release of convective available potential energy (CAPE) in mature systems, as is evident in the increase in CAPE of PFs up to 10% and the subsequent dropoff. The study illustrates distinct stages in the development of an extreme rainfall event including: (1) a systematic buildup in large-scale temperature and moisture, (2) a rapid change in rain structure, (3) explosive growth of the PF size, and (4) a release of CAPE before the demise of the event.