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    What additional measures are there to insure the preservation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park What is lost if intrusion goes unchecked? Appeal to the biological diversity.

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    1. What additional measures to insure the preservation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

    Great Smoky Mountain National Park represents the heart of the Southern Appalachian ecosystem. The park contains more species of trees than all of northern Europe, half of the old growth forest in the eastern United States, three-fourths of the spruce-fur forests in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and more wildflower species than any other U.S. national park. Unfortunately over the past twenty years, the Smokey Mountain Parks have been beset by numerous problems caused by increased visitation and nearby urbanization. The fragile natural site is slowly fading away. In order to minimize the destruction to the environment,and ensure the preservation of Great Smoky Mountains, air and water pollution and urbanization must be controlled in this area.

    Air Pollution:

    Researchers in the park have documented damage to 30 different species of plants from ground-level ozone and observed another 60 species with ozone-like damage. Air pollution is choking the life out of this national landmark. The Great Smokies receive some of the highest levels of nitrate and sulfur deposition of anywhere in North America. Under the 1977 amendments to the Clean Air Act, national parks are considered Class I areas, meaning any existing or future pollution sources negatively affecting these areas should be regulated and remedied. ...

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