Photo of the day – Acid Rain
August 10, 2008
Acid Rain, Washington, D.C., 1981
Photograph by Robert Sisson
In this macro close-up, a bromophemol solution is dripped on raindrops found on a daisy petal to test their acidity. The solution is reddish and has turned one drop yellow. The rain is pH 3, the same as vinegar.
(Text adapted from and photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Acid Rain: How Great a Menace?” November 1981, National Geographic magazine)