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Ducktown Smoke: The Fight over One of the South's Greatest Environmental Disasters

Duncan Maysilles


It is hard to make a desert in a place that receives sixty inches of rain each year. After decades of copper mining, however, all that remained of the old hardwood forests in the Ducktown Mining District of the Southern Appalachian Mountains was a fifty-square-mile barren expanse of heavily gullied red hills—a landscape created by sulfur dioxide smoke from copper smelting and destructive logging practices. This book examines this environmental disaster, one of the worst the South has experienced, and its impact on environmental law and Appalachian conservation. Beginning in 1896, the widening ... More

Keywords: copper mining, hardwood forests, Ducktown Mining District, Southern Appalachian Mountains, sulfur dioxide smoke, copper smelting, logging, environmental disaster, environmental law, Appalachian conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834596
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duncan Maysilles, author