Long-term effects of acid rain: Response and recovery of a forest ecosystem

G. E. Likens, C. T. Driscoll, D. C. Buso

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Abstract

Long-term data from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, suggest that although changes in stream pH have been relatively small, large quantities of calcium and magnesium have been lost from the soil complex and exported by drainage water because of inputs of acid rain and declines in atmospheric deposition of base cations. As a result, the recovery of soil and streamwater chemistry in response to any decreases in acid deposition will be delayed significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-246
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume272
Issue number5259
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 12 1996

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