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Acid Rain: Taj Mahal
ABOUT THE TAJ MAHALLocation Agra, IndiaCoordinates 27.174799°N 78.042111°EElevation 171 m (561 ft)Built 1632–1653Architect Ustad Ahmad LahauriArchitectural style MughalVisitation approx 3 million WORLD HERIATAGE SITEType CulturalCriteria iDesignated 1983 (7th session)Reference # 252State Party IndiaRegion Asia-Pacific
The Taj Mahal "The Crown of Palaces"is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."
Prevention To help control the pollution, the Indian government has set up the Taj Trapezium Zone, a 10,400-square-kilometre area around the monument where strict emissions standards are in place.Polluting traffic is not allowed near the complex and tourists must either walk from parking lots or catch an electric bus.Only corrective measures to make the nearby environment eco-friendly and shifting hazardous industries away can help in restoring the lost glory of the Taj Mahal.
Acid rain is damaging India's famed Taj Mahal but is becoming less of a threat to Europe's cultural monuments, scientists reported on Thursday at an international conference in Prague."The milky white marble of the Taj Mahal is turning pale," said SK Sharma of India's Geological Research Institute at the International Conference on Acid Deposition."This one-time marvel is now being subjected to all types of industrial and garbage pollution," he said.