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Volume 8 (2008), Pages 811-818
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2008.47
Research Article

Acid Rain Phenomenon in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: Economic, Biodiversity, and Public Health Concern

1Pure and Industrial Chemistry Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
2Toxicology Unit, Department of Pharmacology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, College of Health Sciences, Nnewi Campus, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria
3Chemistry Department, Anambra State University, Uli, Nigeria
4Department of Environmental Management, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

Received 2 November 2007; Revised 12 August 2008; Accepted 18 August 2008

Academic Editor: Richard Brown

Copyright © 2008 J. K. C. Nduka et al.

Abstract

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 pHmeter. 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.