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Env. Science ch 12

precipitation, such as rain, sleet, or snow, that contains a high concentration of acids, often because of the pollution of the atmosphere acid precipitation
the sudden runoff of large amounts of highly acidic water into lakes and streams when snow melts in the spring or when heavy rains follow a drought acid shock
the contamination of the atmosphere by wastes from sources such as industrial burning and automobile exhausts air pollution
any of six silicate minerals that form bundles of minute fibers that are heat resistant, flexible, and durable asbestos
the most common unit used to measure loudness (abbreviation, dB) decibel
a value that is used to express the acidity or alkalinity (basicity) of a system; each whole number on the scale indicates a tenfold change in acidity; a pH of 7 is neutral, a pH of less than 7 is acidic, and a pH of greater than 7 is basic pH
a pollutant that is put directly into the atmosphere by human or natural activity primary pollutant
a pollutant that forms in the atmosphere by chemical reaction with primary air pollutants, natural components in the air, or both secondary pollutant
a set of symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, eye irritation, and dizziness, that may affect workers in modern, airtight office buildings; believed to be caused by indoor pollutants sick-building syndrome
urban air pollution composed of a mixture of smoke and fog produced from industrial pollutants and burning fuels smog
the atmospheric condition in which warm air traps cooler air near Earth's surface temperature inversion
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