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Blue Haze
giving the landscape a blue appearance

Blue haze is a phenomenon commonly observed in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

[Image: blue haze (68K)]
Photograph by: Young

As tiny hydrocarbon particles released by vegetation chemically react with ozone molecules, they produce particles that selectively scatter blue light, giving the mountains their blue appearance.


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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.