Real World Applications of Chemistry / Environmental Chemistry

Chemical reactions abound in the soil beneath our feet, the air we breathe, and the water we drink.



Buffering of Lakes

An “acid rainfall” is poured through a column of marble chips to illustrate the formation of a buffer in lakes or streams with a limestone bed.

Kathleen Dombrink


Small-Scale Acid Rain Lab

Observe the effects of the gaseous precursors of acid rain on chalk, metal, a leaf, and an apple.

Steve Long


The Brown Cloud

Indicator color changes reveal the properties of the brown cloud of gas. Safe microscale reaction in a zipper-lock bag!

Peg Convery


Instant Smog

Generate small amounts of ozone in a flask and observe its reaction with a natural organic compound to form smog.

DeWayne Lieneman

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