Date of Award

Fall 1997

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Craig Gilman


The region of the United States with the highest average acidity in its precipitation, corresponds to the regions of heavy industrialization and urbanization where emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides is high. Because acid rain has such as adverse effect on sensitive areas, prior research has tried to link these areas of high emissions of acidic pollutants to an occurrence of lowered pH in the area's precipitation (EPA, 1997). The objective of this research is to look at local emissions and the pH of precipitation in the area to determine if there are any trends in the pH due to local emissions sources taking into account local weather patterns and other sources of pollutants. Georgetown County is a relatively large local polluter so therefore the local area should experience a lower than normal pH due to short-term transport of acidic pollutants.

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