Great Smokies National Park
Great Smokies National Park: The Great Smokies covers 200,000 hectares encompassing a ridge of forest cover between Tennessee and North Carolina. The park is globally notable for its unique biodiversity, ancient mountains as well as its deep Appalachian mountain culture and history. It is one of the America’s most toured national park in America.
The Great Smokies is host to plants and animals that survived aft r the Pleistocene glaciations. Besides having spectacular displays of animal and plant life, the park has 80 historic buildings as well as the world’s the largest variety of salamanders. It is no wonder that that the park is the place to have a visit and enjoy nature’s unique. In this essay, the geological features will be highlighted; the ecosystems studied and the looming threats discussed.
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Streams that flow through the mines are usually highly contaminated with heavy metals that in turn destroy fish and other water plants (Parker, 2009). Further, the development and human habitation outside the park contribute to contamination and sedimentation in the park due to land clearing activities.
Considering the ecological and economical importance of the Great Smokies Mountains, it is crucial that the efforts to preserve the ecosystem be heightened and investments increased. Preservation involves both restorations through affirmative actions to correct the human settlement detrimental effects, as well as protection of further environmental degradation.
Hamilton, J. (2005). Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Edina, MN: ABDO Pub. Co.
Parker, A. (2009). Forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Retrieved from http://www.gsmit.org/download/ForestsOfTheSmokies.pdf