Why do not lichens occur in Delhi/Mumbai whereas
Question:

Why do not lichens occur in Delhi/Mumbai whereas they commonly grow in Manali/Ooty or Darjeeling?

(CCE 2011, 2012)

Solution:

Lichens are sensitive to sulphur dioxide which occurs in sufficient quantity in the atmosphere of Delhi due to large number of

vehicles, homes and factories using fossil fuels. Moreover, Delhi occurs in semi-arid area where, atmospheric moisture is low. In Manali and Darjeeling, the atmosphere is humid and sulphur dioxide pollution is comparatively low.

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