Near Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Acadia National Park
Sometimes air pollution obscures views like this from Cadillac Mountain and poses a threat to human health, Acadia’s water quality, and vegetation. A large percentage of the pollution comes from out of state. Converging air currents from the South and Midwest douse the Maine coastline with chemicals and small particles. Most of this ground-level ozone and particle pollution comes from the burning of fossil fuels by industry, power plants, and motor vehicles. Ozone levels are usually higher in the summer, but particle pollution can occur year-round. In the summer, increased sunlight drives the chemical reaction that produces ozone, sometimes spiking the levels of this harmful gas. Park resource specialists monitor Acadia’s air for pollutants and their effects on plants, water, wildlife, and humans.
“Smokestack exhaust becomes acidic rains;
air pollution becomes water pollution.”
Catherine Schmitt, ‘Tracking Acid Rain Across New England,’
Northern Sky News, November 2003
Prevailing southwesterly winds carry pollutants here from industrialized areas in the South and Midwest.
Your actions at home can affect Acadia’s air quality.
Can you reduce your carbon footprint?
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located at the north end of the parking lot on the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Volcanic Landscape Exposed (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cadillac Mountain (about 400 feet away); To the Top! (approx. 0.3 miles away); Acadia’s Founding Father (approx. 1.1 miles away); George Bucknam Dorr (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wabanaki Traditions (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains photographs of the view from the marker on a normal day and on a hazy day.
Categories. • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.