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View Resource Acid Rain

Due to the presence of dissolved gases such as carbon dioxide, rainfall is naturally acidic. The release of other gases and chemicals such as sulfur dioxide during the combustion of coal and oil can cause rainfall to become even more acidic, sometimes to the point of toxicity. In this activity, students will measure the pH of local rainfall to see what effect these gases have in their region....

View Resource Rainfall Runoff

This is a resource from the Geological Survey of the United States dealing with rainfall and runoff. The resource provides a description of runoff and the factors that impact the amount of rainfall runoff for a particular area.

View Resource Precipitation Type Applet

This applet provides a simulation of the type of precipitation that results from adjusting the temperature (dry bulb and wet bulb) at different altitudes. An updraft in the cloud can be produced in order to see its influence on precipitation. The precipitation types that are simulated include snowflakes/ice crystals, supercooled droplets, raindrops, drizzle, sleet, snow grains, and freezing rain...

View Resource Rain and Precipitation

This is a USGS Water Science for School's web page. It describes rain and who gets it and who get very little. A table shows the amounts some cities across the U.S. received last year. Also explains what can happen to all that water once it hits the earth's surface.

View Resource City of Maplewood: Rain Gardens

The City of Maplewood, Minnesota created this site, which promotes the use of rain gardens in their community. The site features a 10-page, downloadable "Creating your own Rain Garden," and a list of recommended plants. Although the site is designed for Minnesota residents, it is also an excellent resource for anyone interested in rain gardens, and rain harvesting.

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