Is rainwater natrually acidic

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Yes, rainwater is naturally slightly acidic due to the presence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide mixes with rainwater to form carbonic acid, which lowers the pH of the rainwater. However, human activities, such as emissions from burning fossil fuels, can increase the acidity of rainwater to harmful levels, leading to acid rain.

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Not all rain is considered pure water because as rain falls from the atmosphere it collects impurities from particles in the air, such as carbon dioxide, which is a weak acid. Most rainwater, ultimately, has a pH between 5 and 7. Making it slightly acidic.

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