Northern Colorado Plateau Network

Authored by: Timothy J. Sullivan

Air Pollution and Its Impacts on U.S. National Parks

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498765176
eBook ISBN: 9781315163703
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There are five parks in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network that are larger than 100 mi2 (259 km2): Arches National Park (ARCH), Canyonlands National Park (CANY), Capitol Reef National Park (CARE), Dinosaur National Monument (DINO), and Zion National Park (ZION). Larger parks generally have more available data with which to evaluate air pollution sensitivities and effects and generally contain more extensive resources in need of protection against the adverse impacts of air pollution. They are the focus of this evaluation. Since air pollutants can be widespread, reduction of pollution emissions affecting large parks will often result in the protection of smaller parks located nearby as well.

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