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Chapter 16 Invisible Borders: Transboundary Pollution in Europe

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accidental pollution
Flip card accidental pollutionthe release of harmful substances into the environment as the result of an accident, such as an oil tanker spilling oil into the sea
acid rain
rain that can damage the environment because it contains acid created from chemicals in factory smoke and car exhaust. Acid rain can damage plants, fish, animals, and even buildings.
downwind
in the direction that the wind is blowing
general pollution
Flip card general pollutionthe release of harmful substances into the environment as a result of everyday activities, such as burning coal to make electricity
Industrial Revolution
the huge social and economic change in Europe and the United States that was produced by the shift from hand tools to machines in the 18th and 19th centuries
nuclear radiation
a form of energy that comes from nuclear reactions. Radiation has no smell or taste, but it can be very harmful to living things. Materials polluted with nuclear radiation are said to be radioactive.
pollution
damage to the natural environment caused by harmful substances; also refers to harmful substances
river system
a river and all the streams that flow into it. The streams that flow into a river are called tributaries.
sewage
solid and liquid waste from homes and other buildings that is carried away by sewers or drains
toxic chemical
Flip card toxic chemicala chemical that is poisonous to humans or other living things
toxic waste
waste materials from industry that are poisonous to humans or other living things
transboundary pollution
pollution that starts in one country and crosses boundaries into other countries. Generally, transboundary pollution is carried by wind or water
urban
found or living in a city