All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

The Balsam Fir trees on Clingmans Dome in the Smokies were killed years ago by a combination of Wooly Balsam Adelgids and acid rain. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants creates nitric acid in the clouds, the change in pH affects the plants, anim...
The Balsam Fir trees on Clingmans Dome in the Smokies were killed years ago by a combination of Wooly Balsam Adelgids and acid rain. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants creates nitric acid in the clouds, the change in pH affects the plants, animals and water in the area. This photo was taken the day after Tropical Storm Cindy came through in July 2005. Sadly, the air is seldom this clear in the summer.

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