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The multiple choice questions have five answer choices — one (and only one) is correct in each case.

As rain mixes with chemicals such as sulfur dioxide in the air, acid rain is produced. This may result in

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lowering the pH in ponds, thus limiting the survival of many organisms

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Yes

lowering the pH in ponds, thus affecting water temperature

Correct Answer: 
No

raising the pH in ponds, thus encouraging the growth of organisms

Correct Answer: 
No

raising the pH in ponds, thus limiting animal development

Correct Answer: 
No

depleting atmospheric carbon dioxide available for photosynthesis

Correct Answer: 
No

The correct answer is that it lowers the pH in ponds and limits the survival of many organisms (A). Choice (B) correctly identifies the lower pH, but incorrectly couples it with water temperature. Choices (C) and (D) incorrectly state that acid rain will raise the pH. Choice (E) suggests that somehow carbon dioxide will be removed from the air when acid rain is formed. Carbon dioxide within bodies of water is at equilibrium with carbon dioxide in the air.

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