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Dispatches from the Field: Air & Sky

Looking west from Look Rock.

Prevailing winds from the west bring weather and air pollution to the Smoky Mountains.

NPS photo.

Resource Roundup: Highlights of scientific projects and findings for Fall, 2009

Meet the Managers: Understanding air pollution

Focus On… the air & sky of the Great Smoky Mountains

  • NPS Profile: Air above & beyond the Smokies
  • Partner Profile: NPS Dark Skies Initiative
  • Links to information about air quality, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school information about education & experience needed to become an expert in air quality monitoring

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Did You Know?

Mingus Mill is a turbine-driven grist mill.

Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park. More...