What are the major sources of sulfur dioxide and why is it dangerous?
The major sources of sulfur dioxide are electrical power plants and ore smelting operations.
The major sources of sulfur dioxide are
- Electrical power plants that burn fossil fuels containing sulfur
- Smelting of mineral ores
- Burning of sulfur-containing fuels by locomotives, ships, and large equipment
- Sour gas processing
- Oil sands production
This power plant appears to be a serious emitter of atmospheric pollutants.
The health and environmental effects of acid rain are serious.
- It irritates the nose, throat, and airways, causing coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Sulfur dioxide is a major contributor to acid rain. It
- Decreases the growth rate of crops and turns tree leaves yellow
- Makes lake waters acidic and toxic to aquatic animals
- Depletes soil nutrients
- Corrodes metal, building materials, and statues
Here's an example of what acid rain can do to a statue.