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Acid Lakes from Natural and Anthropogenic Causes

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Science  30 Jan 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4481, pp. 446-448
DOI: 10.1126/science.211.4481.446

Abstract

Lakes may be acid because of natural ecological conditions or because of anthropogenic activities. Apparently there has been a recent increase in acidity of many lakes in the northeastern United States. Factors that may be contributing to this increase include the use by utilities of precipitators, sulfur scrubbers, and tall stacks; the use of petroleum; and methods of combustion of fossil fuels.