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Effects of acidic deposition on water quality and forest health in Georgia

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Abstract

Biogeochemical studies at the Panola Mountain Research Watershed near Atlanta, Ga., and in the Coastal Plain Province of Georgia have provided an assessment of some of the potential effects of acid deposition on streamwater quality and forest health in Georgia. Historically, "acid rain" has not been considered a potentially serious problem in the southeastern United States; however, recent studies have raised questions about the sensitivity of forest and aquatic resources to chronic pollutant loading. Intensive streamwater-quality monitoring during storms has shown that episodic acidification presently is occurring and likely will become substantially more severe in future decades. Acidic deposition at current rates does not appear to have direct adverse effects on forest health, but does contribute to the chronic loss of nutrient cations.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Title Effects of acidic deposition on water quality and forest health in Georgia
ISBN 9780935835052
Year Published 1997
Language English
Publisher Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia
Contributing office(s) New England Water Science Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the 1997 Georgia Water Resources Conference : March 20-22, 1997, Athens, Georgia
First page 122
Last page 126
Country United States
State Georgia