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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Co Authors:

David W. Kelley
Department of Geography
University of St. Thomas

Rebecca Helgesen
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


In this case study, developed for an introductory environmental studies course, students grapple with the issue of air pollution, specifically the causes and effects of haze and smog as ubiquitous, persistent air quality problems that plague urban and rural areas alike. In analyzing local conditions in Minnesota, students explore the wider environmental, political, social, and human health implications of air pollution.

  • To explore the causes and effects of haze and smog.
  • To teach students that local environmental problems have wider implications.
Keywords: Air pollution; haze; smog, particulate; fine particle; Air Quality Index; Clean Air Act; National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Minnesota
Topical Area: Policy issues, Regulatory issues, Social issues
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion
Language: English
Subject Headings: Environmental Science   Public Health   Atmospheric Science  
Date Posted: 05/09/05
Date Modified: N/A
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