Acid Rain May Have Caused Deadly Landslide

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Friday, April 20, 2018

A new report released on what caused a 2009 landslide in China has named acid rain as the most likely cause.

The landslide killed 74 people.

Known as the Jiweishan Mountain landslide, there is no other probable cause.

There was no earthquake activity in the area at the time.

The composition of the mountain is partially limestone, which can be damaged by acid rain.

Acid rain is rain that is made acidic by atmospheric pollution that it causes environmental harm, typically to forests and lakes. The main cause is the industrial burning of coal and other fossil fuels, the waste gases from which contain sulfur and nitrogen oxides, which combine with atmospheric water to form acids.



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