The Effects of Acid Rain on Lakes and Trees Acid rain has long been argued by society's most formidable minds. It indirectly destroys ecosystems that surround forests and lakes (Taylor, 26). People need to make decisions dealing with the destruction of nature and the role acid rain plays in it. Acid rain destroys millions of forests and lakes (Taylor, 26). Studies show that acid rain is one of the largest contributing factors in the death of forests and lakes.
Acid rain indirectly kills millions of acres of forestland each decade. In the 1960 s, people found that acid rain fall was unhealthy and damaging to forests (Baines, 20). Acid rain does not kill the trees directly. Acid rain makes the tree weaken and poisons it with toxic substances that are slowly released from the soil (EPA). When the trees weaken from the acid, it has a harder time fighting off adversaries such as fungi, diseases, and frost so subsequently it dies.
Around the 1970 s the acid rain dilemma got worse, the acid rain has put trees in danger and now they are starting to die off. The effects of acid rain on a tree is shown if it has less foliage, yellow spots and produces many cones (Baines, 22). Secondly, acid rain damages the trees through the soil by releasing metals that harm them even further (Lucas, 72). Acid rain makes the trees lose their leaves, so when the trees try to regrow their leaves, buds come instead, this process is called a panic shoot (M.
15). Large land areas which used to be covered with forests are now gone, dead or dying (Baines, 21). Around the 1980's more than half Kot to 2 of the trees in Germany had signs of acid rain damage (Edmonds, 14). Now it is known that acid rain is one of the biggest contributing factors in the death and deterioration of nature. Lakes support thousands of species of marine life, that's why it's a shame that they are constantly being poisoned by acid rain.
Scientists have studied the effects on acid rain in lakes for several decades (Lucas, 49). Scientist use their observations to determine whether lakes are or not. People can tell if there is acid rain in a lake if the water is clean and crystal clear, but with hardly no life in it (Baines, 16). The acid rain can enter the lakes by way of snow, rain, sleet, hail, dew, and fog. Many fish are depleted due to the effects of acid rain (Lucas, 57). The acid rain that falls in the lakes is making it difficult for fish to reproduce successfully (Edmonds, 18).
When the acid falls in lakes, almost everything in them dies. The only thing that can survive in an acidic lake are the hardest plants and animals (M. 19). Therefore, acid rain is very dangerous to lakes and the life that they support. People must do everything within their power and reach to lower the acid content of the atmosphere, the same atmosphere that surrounds every aspect of their lives. Again, people need to make important decisions that deal with the destruction of nature and the role acid rain plays in that.
Acid rain plays a large role in the death of forests by poisoning the trees and leaving them vulnerable to all other ailments. Acid rain causes the death of the species living in the lakes through the poison acid rain leaves in them. With the help of the general public, the dream of an atmosphere free of acid rain can finally become a reality. Acid rain is one of the largest contributing factors in the death of forests and lakes..