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CHAPTER I NATURE OF THE STUDY INTRODUCTION Scientists firsts discovered acid rain in 1852, when the English Chemist

Robert Agnus invented the term. From then until now, acid rain has been an issue of intense debate among scientists and policy member. Acid rain, one of the most important environmental problems of all, cannot be seen. The invisible gasses that cause acid rain usually come from automobiles or coal burning power plants. Acid rain moves easily, affecting locations far beyond those that let out the pollution. As a result, this global pollution issue causes great debates between countries that fight over polluting each others environment. For years, science studied the true causes of acid rain. Some scientists concluded that human production was primarily responsible, while others cited natural causes as well. Recently more intensive research has been done so that countries have the information they need to prevent acid rain and its dangerous effect. (http://library.thinkquest.org/26026/Environmental_Problems/acidrain.html) Statement of the Problem The main focus of this study is to find out causes, effects, and solutions on how to prevent acid rain from harming the environment and the people. Specifically, it aims to: 1. What can acid rain do to non-living things? 2. What is acid rain caused by? 3. What effect does acid rain have on sea life? 4. What effect does acid rain have on the forests of the world? 5. What effect does acid rain have on the air, us, and our health? Significance of the Study The results obtained and required from this study would be of value to the society in such a way that it will serve as a guide and a hint to help prevent acid rain form harming the environment and the people. DEFINITION OF TERMS Acid

Acid is a chemical compound with a sour or bitter taste that usually unites with a base to form a salt. (Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus 2005) Environment Environment is all of the surrounding things, conditions, and influences affecting the growth of development of living things. (Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus 2005) Nitric Acids Nitric acids are a clear, colorless, fuming liquid that eats into flesh, clothing metal, and other substances. (Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus 2005) Pollution Pollution is the act or process of polluting; defiling; uncleanliness. (Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus 2005) Precipitation Precipitation is the act or condition of precipitating; throwing dowing or falling headlong. (Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus 2005) Phenomenon Phenomenon is a fact, event, or circumstances that can be observed. (Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus 2005)