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Hiking in The Comeragh Mountains, County Waterford
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Weather.. Mammatus Clouds
How they form is not yet fully understood but for us hikers, what can they mean? Mammatus form under a turbulent sky, you can see in the radar capture from the same moment I was on the edge of a storm cell, so a good chance of rain or hail and moderate to strong winds. On the hills I'd be conscious of the direction the weather was travelling and wary of the crack of thunder.
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Nature.. Hawthorn & Blackthorn
Leaves on both are quite different, Blackthorn has jagged oval leaves and sloe berries which appear in autumn. The Hawthorn has a lobey.... obovate leaf and red berries.
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Enviornment; Air Pollution
The image demonstrates pollution accumulation during a cool clear period. There are a number of factors that cause air pollution to accumulate like this.
Taken during an extended period of high pressure over the alps, which meant clear, cold days causing a weather inversion. This requires unsettled weather to disperse the trapped layer which contains air pollution.
Three significant contributors in the area;
1. The Mont Blanc Tunnel sees traffic from most of western Europe travelling to Italy. Vehicle traffic contributes significantly to pollution in Chamonix. An estimated 750,000 trucks travelled through the Mont Blanc tunnel in 1996
2. Wood burning in winter months creates pollution that can sit in the valley for days on end. This can have a range of impacts on human health from asthma attacks to lung disease.
3. Industrial pollution; an incinerator located in the L’Arve Valley just over 20km from Chamonix town centre sees seasonal increase in waste volume due to tourism