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Haze in Montana 2010

Western Montana is a wonderful place. Mountains, streams, rivers, wildlife - all in goodly numbers. But particulate-related haze often is present and arises from various sources.

Indeed, my impression of Montana is tempered by the fact that visual images are often hazy due to particulates from dusty roads, agriculture, and wood burning - whether during wildfires or prescribed burns.

Consider a comment in a Missoula newspaper:

Controlled burns: Constant smoke is not healthy
http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_092b9704-61bb-11df-87e0-001cc4c03286.html

Consider also a clean-air activist's summary:

Dealing with a Wood Smoke Problem
Dec 9, 2008 ...according to US EPA data, “wood smoke emits over 9600% more lead than natural gas!”
It also emits arsenic, formaldehyde, mercury...
http://www.shirleybrandie.com/car_newsletter_jan2009.pdf

Or enjoy some of my smog photos:

Smog in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park & other places
https://pbase.com/aspergerian/smog_in_colorado_rockies

z P1080520 Haze to north seen fr north Kalispell.jpg
z P1080520 Haze to north seen fr north Kalispell.jpg
z P1080524 Haze to east as seen from Flathead Community College in north Kalispell.jpg
z P1080524 Haze to east as seen from Flathead Community College in north Kalispell.jpg
z P1080530 Haze obscures view of Glacier mountains - seen fr north Kalispell.jpg
z P1080530 Haze obscures view of Glacier mountains - seen fr north Kalispell.jpg
z P1080532 Haze obscures Glacier mountains seen fr sw of Columbia Falls.jpg
z P1080532 Haze obscures Glacier mountains seen fr sw of Columbia Falls.jpg