Acid Rain in the Adirondacks: An Environmental History

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Comstock Pub. Associates/Cornell University Press, 2007 - History - 246 pages
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Acid rain has changed the face of the Adirondacks, created political tensions between the Northeast and the Midwest, and served as both a harbinger of global climate change and a "fire drill" for public- and private-sector responses to environmental crises. The history of acid rain research is a striking case in which a large-scale and long-term environmental problem was addressed in part through scientifically motivated changes in public policy.

In the 1970s, acid rain was viewed as a simple problem that was limited in scope and characterized by "dead," fishless lakes. Scientists now have broader insights into the processes by which acid rain sets off a cascade of adverse effects in ecosystems as its components move through air, soil, vegetation, and surface waters. Written and designed to appeal to both scientists and lay readers, this book is a landmark example of scientific communication that provides a comprehensive scientific history of the phenomenon, from its discovery to the full understanding of the scope of its effects and the ultimate responses that have mitigated some of the damage to the region's lakes and forests.

This book is published in association with the Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation with the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society, United States Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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About the author (2007)

Jerry Jenkins directs the Northern Forest Atlas Project and is a researcher for the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is author of Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability and The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park and coauthor of Acid Rain in the Adirondacks: An Environmental History.

Karen M. Roy is a Research Scientist in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Charles T. Driscoll is University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering, Syracuse University, author of Experimental Watershed Liming Study, and coauthor of Context and Case Studies of Forest Soils in the Southeastern U.S.

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