BIO 1109 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Sulfur Oxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Volatile Organic Compound

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Nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides contributes a great amount in formation of ground ozones combined with volatile organic compounds and the help of the heat and sunlight form in any type of combustion process. When in air, can easily form acids (acids aerosols), therefore, nitrogen contributes in formation of acid rain acidifies soils and open water. Can form nitrate particles when reacting with solid particles (salts) and can stay in the air or come back to the soil surface through rain and contaminate soil. Regardless of source of nitrogen oxides, nitrogen oxides can travel very far like ozone. A major affect they have on our bodies is harm to our lungs and other breathing organs. The intensity and location of damage to our body depends on the forms of the nitrogen oxides. If it is water soluble, it causes damage to upper areas of our respiratory system (e. g. nose, bronchioles, throat)

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