More Smoky Mountain Pictures

Last week for Photo Friday, I posted a few picture I had taken on a recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and mentioned that the blue misty “smoke”  always seemed to be there no matter when we visited.  Your comments and questions prompted me to do a little bit more research on where the misty smoke comes from.  The National Park Service website does discuss how the views of the Smokies have been degraded by pollution. 

A Wikipedia entry states “The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. This fog, which is most common in the morning and after rainfall, is the result of warm humid air from the Gulf of Mexico cooling rapidly in the higher elevations of Southern Appalachia.” 

I always told my high school students never to use Wikipedia as a source, but I couldn’t find much else during a quick search on the Internet.  This particular entry references a book by Rose Houk called Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Natural History Guide (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993), page 198, so I decided to share it.

I also dug back into the picture archives to find a few more pictures from our trips to the Smoky Mountains!


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    Thanks for the…um…clarification 🙂

    Nice shots, thanks for sharing.

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      I know…not much info there! It has totally peaked my interest though…I might try to find the book that was referenced.