Wet deposition

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Description

Precipitation (rain, snow or sleet) can deposit moisture as well as any dissolved salts and pollutants. Wet deposition involves the collection, measurement and identification of all materials collected from any specific moisture collection. Nonpolluted rain has a pH of about 5.6 due to the dissolved carbon dioxide that naturally forms some carbonic acid. Polluted rain can be much more acidic causing deleterious effects to plants, animals, buildings and sculptures.

See also acid rain, and dry deposition.

Synonyms and Related Terms

acid rain

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "hydrosphere." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 26 Oct. 2004 .