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the precipitation of dilute solutions of strong mineral acids, formed by
the mixing in the atmosphere of various industrial pollutants — primarily
sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides — with naturally occurring oxygen and water

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Acid Rain — EPA info

How Acid Rain is felt through the food chain

Chemistry of Acid Rain

A mechanical system that actively collects, concentrates, and stores solar energy.

Minute particles or liquid droplets suspended in the air.

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Atmospheric Aerosols: What Are They, and Why Are They So Important? – NASA —

Abbreviation for Animal Feeding Operation, which is an agricultural business where animals
are raised in confined situations and fed an unnatural diet, instead of
allowing them to roam and graze. The EPA determines whether an agricultural
business is an AFO based on regulations created by the Clean Water Act.

More info in the following links:

 Legal Issues with Animal Agriculture

Animal Feeding Operations — Related to Water Programs

A fairly new term that combines agriculture and business. In the past,
agriculture has been treated as something completely separate from other types
of business. Over the past 50 years, factory farm companies have been replacing
traditional agriculture, so now we need new words and new ways of thinking
about agriculture to describe where our food comes from.



Energy that is not popularly used and is usually environmentally sound,
such as solar or wind energy (as opposed tofossil fuels ).

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Planting Wind Energy on Farms May Help Crops

How Alternative Energies Work?

Fuels derived from resources other than petroleum, as defined by the
Energy Policy Act of 1992, current alternative fuels include ethanol, natural
gas, propane, hydrogen, biodiesel, electricity, methanol, and p-series fuels.

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Examples of Alternative Fuels

The air immediately around us.

a forest that is typically older than 200 years with large trees, dense
canopies and an abundance of diverse wildlife.


The belief that humans hold a special place in nature; being centered primarily on humans and human affairs.

or fish farming– controlled rearing of fish or shellfish by people or corporations
who own the harvestable product, often involving the capture of the eggs or
young of a species from wild sources, followed by rearing more intensively than
possible in nature.

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9 Facts on Aquaculture

More info on Aquaculture — everything you need to know

Porous, water-bearing layers of sand, gravel, and rock below the earth’s surface; reservoirs for groundwater.

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Florida aquifer Information

The result of a pressurized aquifer intersecting the surface or being penetrated by a pipe or conduit, from which water gushes without being pumped; also called a spring.

Period of restoration of atmospheric composition following a small
increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, may cover
very large periods of time (recovery from a large input of CO2 will take tens
of thousands of years).

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Atmospheric Lifetimes Explained

Energy released in nuclear reactions. When a
neutron splits an atom’s nucleus into smaller pieces it is called fission. When
two nuclei are joined together under millions of degrees of heat it is called

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Nuclear 101