The Mortality of the Red Spruce and Fraser Fir in the Appalachians due to Air Pollution

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On the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, there are spruce fir forests, which are predominately made up of Red Spruce and Fraser Fir (Smith and Nicholas 1998). In the past several decades scientists have been noticing an unusually large number of Red Spruce and Fraser fir dying, much more than what should be. This finding was a cause for concern, therefore, over the past two decades there has been rigorous research done on these trees; …

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…weather, it has slowly destroyed these trees through acid deposition. It would be a good idea for people to realize the harmful affects that using electricity and driving their cars has on the environment. Once people realize this and begin using less air conditioning in the summer and taking public transportation, which are just two of the many things that need to be done, then maybe these trees will stand a chance of continued existence.