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Originally posted by inbound
I guess a good place to start a little research would be the spill in Iraq. Plenty of oil, and plenty of burning oil. I wonder if they experienced any oil rain?
Iraq's burning oil wells will likely cause black rain in Iran's Khuzestan province
Director-General of Khuzestan province Department of Environment Kazem Sepehrfar on Wednesday predicted the possible black acidic rainfalls across the province, following the gustly wind in Ahvaz, IRNA reported.
He told IRNA that according to Khuzestan Meteorological Department, the windblow originated from the Saudi Arabian desert area and a low weather front suspending over eastern Iraq.
"The gustly wind consisting of heavy hydrocarbons and circular compounds mainly account for the acid rainfalls, while a mixture of the gases resulting from Iraq's burning oil wells and dust have penetrated Iran's air space.
Sepehrfahr noted that the black rain can severely pollute the water ecosystems, damage the air-generating micro-organisms in the soil, reduce the fertility of the agricultural lands and interfere with the growth of the planted seeds.
The environmental official also referred to the circular compounds of the acidic rain as the main cause for the air pollution and a threat against the human health and the early death of the patients.
Acid Rain Phenomenon in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: Economic, Biodiversity, and Public Health Concern
Environmental pollution, a known feature of the crude oil–producing area of Nigeria, has led to social agitation, claims, and counter claims. We have measured the acidity of rainwater in two major cities within the oil-producing areas and compared it with Awka, a city not connected with oil exploration activities. Our results suggest that oil exploration may contribute to the precipitation of acid rain.
Rain samples were collected from Warri and Port Harcourt, two major oil-producing cities of Nigeria in April-June, July-August, and September-October 2005 and 2006. Awka, a “non-oil” city was used as control. Samples were collected from three points, using clean plastic basins fastened to a table, 2 m above ground level and 115 m away from tall buildings and trees. Water samples were filtered and acidity determined using digital pH meter. The results show that the rain samples were acidic. The pH values for the 2 years under study show that the rainfall in Warri was more acidic than that of Port Harcourt. Oil exploration and other anthropogenic sources may be responsible for the acid rain in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Gas flaring causes acid rain in Nigeria, says university don
As Nigerians worry about the effects of the predicted acid rain in the country by a foreign agency, a don at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in south-eastern Nigeria, Professor Raymond Anyadike, has attributed gas flaring by oil companies in Nigeria as a major cause of acid rain.
Anyadike, a professor of climatology at the Department of Geography of UNN, told journalists on Thursday in Nsukka, about 460km from Abuja that acid rain could only fall within the Niger Delta region because of the huge quantity of sulphuric dioxide and methane in the air as a result of gas flaring.
“There is no way other parts of the country will experience acid rain, even if there is a wind shift, it will dilute the acid before it reaches any other part of the country.
“Acid rain is not new to those living in areas in Niger Delta where there has been oil exploration for years,’’ he said.
Originally posted by justadood
reply to post by loam
Awesome research, but that seems to be referring to acid rain. Acid Rain will OF COURSE occur anywhere there are suspended particles int hr air from burning, etc.
Wasnt the question whether or not it could rain oil?