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Why does Clay react with Acid rain?

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May 08, 2009 7:34PM

Clay is a material with a significant number of ionic particles in its make-up. The addition of a low pH material like acid rain alters these balances and destroys the structure of the clay. In addition the low pH materials interact with carbonates in the clay to create carbon dioxide, and allow it to escape from the soil.