Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Rennenberg, H. and Gessler, A. 2001. Acid Rain. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
The term ‘acid rain’ describes the process of wet deposition of acidic compounds (e.g. sulfuric acid, nitrous acid and/or organic acids) in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. In particular, acidic deposition has different, adverse, effects on terrestrial vegetation, mainly due to soil acidification and the uptake of substances which disturb the pH levels within plant cells or produce radicals.
- terrestrial ecosystems;
- cation leaching;
- pH stat;
- sulfite oxidation