Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #4: Acid Rain


Effects of Acid Rain on Forest Land
Mt. Mitchell State Park, NC - February 2002 (Click to embiggen)

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21 comments:

Diesel said...

Whoa, I'd heard that acid can mess you up.

SandyCarlson said...

Wow! That's some serious damage.

smarmoofus said...

I was going to suggest that that was from a forest fire that swept through not-quite-burning everything in its wake. But then I guess the remains would be black, not grey. So, yeesh... acid rain.

-smarmoofus

Gallicissa said...

That's an eye opener.
Looks a desolate place.

Mojo said...

This was taken at Mt. Mitchell State Park -- highest point east of the Mississippi River. I guess the elevation made it more susceptible to acid rain. If you look, you can see where the forest is making a comeback, but my understanding is that it got pretty desolate before the EPA started clamping down on sulfur dioxide emissions from coal burning furnaces/power plants.

Takes a long time to regrow a forest.

Red Lotus Mama said...

Dang ... I have never seen anything like that. Happy WW: http://tinyurl.com/627uhc

BNS said...

That's more than a bit frightening. Good grief!

Bobbie

Symphony of Love said...

This is one of the many reasons why we should protect planet Earth. The damages will affect our future generation too.

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Charlene said...

wow ~~ great ww post

smarmoofus said...

Takes even longer to refreeze polar icecaps.

(I'm really just commenting to see if my profile picture appears now...)

-smarmoofus

Urban Thought said...

Nice mountain view.

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Shelia said...

Wow, I've never seen that before.

Karen said...

Wow. How sobering.

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Cindy Swanson said...

That's a sad one.

tiff said...

Thank goodness the forest does seem to be coming back. It would be an utter shame to lose it...in more ways than being bereft of its beauty.

Think oxygen.

Raven said...

Tragic. When will we wake up, I wonder and take action to correct our foolish ways?

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Mojo said...

Well here in the US, the EPA had imposed slightly tighter standards for sulfur emissions. Coal fired factories, power plants and the like were a big part of the problem, and there's been much improvement -- as evidenced by the regrowth of the forest in this photo. But the EPA's reach doesn't extend beyond our borders, so coal fired plants in other countries aren't subject to the same rules. This is why conventions like Kyoto are so important. By some estimates, China and India have or will build a combined 800 new coal-fired power plants between 2006 and 2012. The resulting CO2 emissions will be five times that saved by the Kyoto Accord. If sulfur emissions are on the same level, expect to see more of this kind of scene -- and worse -- over the next four years.

Vhiel said...

takes forever to grow anything... the destruction is really bad..

Gord Harrison: Crooner said...

mojo, your stark photo reminds me of the 'hills of sticks' I saw in Northern Ontario beside the Trans-Canada highway while biking to Thunder Bay. a careless cigarette, I believe, was the cause.

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Wayfaring Wanderer said...

A lot of those dead spruces are due to the wooly aldelgid......