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INCREASES IN SOIL ACIDITY IN NORTH-WEST WALES BETWEEN 1957 AND 1990

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JournalAmbio
DatePublished - May 1991
Issue number3-4
Volume20
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)118-119
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Increases in soil acidity, thought to have resulted from man-made emissions of mainly SO2 and NO(x), are documented for a number of countries in Europe (1-14). Here evidence is presented that suggests acidification has occurred also in one part of Britain, over a 33-year period. The soils investigated (15) occur in a part of Britain having one of the highest recorded rates of wet deposition of acidifying substances (16), and some of the most sensitive ecosystems (17). The extent of acidification appears to be broadly inversely related to the soil acidity value of the initial determination. It is suggested, from other work (18-20), that man's industrial activities have been a substantial factor in causing the increased acidification.

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  • LAKE ACIDIFICATION, GALLOWAY

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