Experiments reveal that not only is it just water and acids that would catalyze the formation of sulfuric acid in the atmosphere, however ammonia, a colourless and alkaline gas, was found to be a good neutralizing agent of sulfuric acid. Because of this, the experimenters are able to make masses of acid rain not just as carbonic acid, but also sulfuric acid as well.
Tums are interesting to me as when we get heartburn, it's the stomach acid just coming up from our stomach into our esophagus, and tums are a pretty weak base, so I was wondering how much of an effect it'd have on me, and that its point wasn't to neutralize my stomach acid but just to weaken it.
This article talks about acid rain and its causes and effects, primarily on the environment and ways of reducing the amounts of acid rain created.
As discussed in class, the sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides created with fossil fuels are released into the atmosphere, and often react with the hydrogen, oxygen, and other things to form mild solutions of sulfuric and nitric acid. Although they do not do much on their own, when combined in rainstorms and other forms of precipitation over many many years, the damage shows through damaged forests and soils all across the world due to the lasting effects of humans.
Acid rain is a phenomenon when CO2 emissions come into contact with the moisture in the air and undergo a chemical reaction (H2O (l) + CO2 (g) ⇌ H2CO3 (aq)). Acid rain has many ecological effects, for example, its impact on lakes, streams, wetlands, and other aquatic environments. Acid rain makes waters acidic, this causes the death of many organisms in the ecosystem while also, speeding up erosion. This is a major environmental problem that us as a human race, need to solve.
This article talks about the health issue of acidosis which is when the pH levels in the blood is too low. According to the article it is best to have a pH in the blood at 7.4 pH however humans can end up with a pH in the blood of 7.35 and 7.45 however these health problems can cause fatigue, confusion, headaches, shortness of breath, and other symptoms as well as possibly death, according to this article. According to this article acidosis is caused by the lungs not filtering enough CO2 or because the kidneys fail to filter out acids from the blood or the kidneys filter too many bases from the blood. While acidosis is when blood has a low pH there is also alkalosis which is when the blood has too high of a pH however besides mentioning this the article does not go into detail on alkalosis. These problems with the blood can be diagnosed by a doctor with blood tests.
This article talks about the worlds strongest acid. which is over a million times stronger than sulferic acid. It’s interestig though because it’s not corrosive. It’s called carborrane acid and it’s a superacids that can be stored in a bottle. There is no base that can neutralize this!
The site called the cartoonist group has a whole page for acids. Most of them use word play to discuss real world experience and still make reference to acids. One of my favorites was the one of the old lady and her husband, in which the old lady is angry that fatty acids are called fatty acids and not plump acids.
Sinkholes can be caused by acid rain. The article explains the whole process a bit better, but in summary the acidic rain is soaked into the ground, and then becomes acidic groundwater. This slowly dissolves and weakens the limestone in the ground, causing the soil to loosen and give way.
This articles talks about how after acid rain, the lakes are turning to "Jelly." Tiny, jelly-clad crustaceans -Holopedium- are growing in Canadian lakes after years of acid rain, threatening the food chain and “jellifying” the waters, say biologists. Unlike other “water fleas,” Holopedium can survive on very little calcium. But their hard, jelly-protected bodies cause problems for others, clogging up filtration systems, removing nutrients from the food chain and washing up in the form of “goo balls.”
This is funny because NaCl is a salt and NaOH is a base, saying that the base is under a salt is meant literally but also it means that a base (a structure) is under attack.
The inorganic bases market is expected to increase its revenues by the year 2020. Inorganic bases are widely used in industries for a variety of reasons. Inorganic bases are bases that are derived from inorganic compounds or mineral compounds. Some common examples are ammonium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, sodium-bicarbonate etc.
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