Acid Rain: Neutralization Within the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem and Regional Implications

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Science  04 May 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4392, pp. 497-499
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4392.497


The neutralization of strong acids from precipitation is largely accomplished (75 percent) in the soil zone by rapid reaction with basic aluminum salts and biologic matter. On a regional basis, acidified and aluminum-rich lakes and streams in New England are confined mainly to low-order watersheds.