Acid Rain, Weathering, and Erosion

SKU: IS9703

Availability: In stockQuantity:1000


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  • Kit for examining the weathering and erosion effects of acidic rain on rock materials and metals
  • Activities to expose materials and metals to acidic conditions and normal rain (tap water) for comparison of reactions
  • Materials for 15 groups of students for hands-on learning
  • Teacher's manual and student study guide copymasters for instructional use
  • Suitable for age 13 and older with adult supervision


Acid rain is a term used generically to describe any type of acidic moisture, be it rain, snow, or fog. Acid rain can have devastating effects on not only aquatic ecosystems but also terrestrial areas. Acid rain not only affects naturally-occurring surfaces, such as exposed rocky surfaces of mountainous regions, but also human-made surfaces as well. Different stone and metal substances used in the construction of buildings, statues, monuments, etc. may all be affected by acid rain. The rates of erosion and weathering may increase rapidly depending on the degree of acidity in the precipitation. In this activity, students expose many rock materials and metals, both naturally-occurring and common in construction, to an acidic environment and examine the reaction of these materials in contrast to the same materials exposed to “normal” rain (tap water). Kit contains enough materials for 15 groups.

Kit Includes:

1 bag Marble chips Calcium Carbonate
1 bag Brick chips
1 bag Granite chips
1 bag Limestone chips
1 bag Sandstone chips
1 bag Steel shot
1 bag Copper shot
1 bag Zinc shot
3 x 25ml Sulfuric acid concentrate (to make 500ml each)
120 Measuring cups, disposable

Acid Rain, Weathering, and Erosion