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5.  The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains, which straddle the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, are the most visited of the national parks, but that could change as a result of all the smoke and smog drifting into the park. Smokestacks and tailpipes produce pollution that is causing a problem in the park.

The Great Smoky Mountains take their name from a fine blue mist visible rising from valleys, but nowadays you are more likely to see a white haze of smog. Federal officials are working to decrease smog overall, and particularly where it obscures the view from national parks. Still, with increasing car traffic, vehicles have been contributing more, not less, to the problem.

Photo Credit: Chip Bennett

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1:16PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

The way to preserve them is to remind our children of their connectedness with them...that we are part of all that...not meant to destroy it....

2:00AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

There are some really beautiful places in this world, the problem is that we simply take them for granted. Once we have destroyed this world's beauty it will be impossible to get it back.

2:58PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012


5:08PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Noted. Thanks for the update.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

This is terrible news and also very frustrating! Not enough people care about these issues.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

That is sad news indeed. We need to preserve our national parks and other wild lands.

11:27PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

This just makes me very sad. Money for war, but none to preserve our wilderness.

10:14PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Beautiful. And way too good to lose.

8:01PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012


6:14PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

So sad but true.

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