Essay on Salt Lake City Inversion and its Effects

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Having never been west of New York, I pondered what Salt Lake City would look like as our plane flew closer to Utah from New York City. It clearly wasn’t going to look like New York City. In fact it didn’t look like any other city I had been to up until that point. Salt Lake City sits in the middle of The Great Salt Lake, The Wasatch and The Oquirrh mountain ranges. The tallest building in Salt Lake City is just slightly over 400 feet, which may make one think there isn’t a very picturesque skyline, but with the mountainous backdrop, it’s actually quite breathtaking. That is, if you can see it. Inversion is becoming a more and more serious problem for residents of Salt Lake City and the first few days I was there I experienced it first …show more content…
The table shows us how much of the pollutant is normal to be exposed to for an hour and an eight hour average. Anything rising above these standards can be dangerous to our health.
Pollutant Standard (ppm) Approximate Equivalent Concentration (μg/m3)
Carbon monoxide 8-hr average 1-hr average
9
35
10,000
40,000
Nitrogen Dioxide Annual Average
0.053
100
Ozone
8-hr average 1-hr average
0.075
0.12
147
235
Particulates
PM10 annual average PM10 24-hr average PM2.5 annual average PM2.5 24-hr average
-
-
-
-
50
150
15
35

Sulfur dioxide Annual average 24-hr average 3-hr average 0.03
0.14
0.50
80
365
1,300
*PM10 refers to all airborne particles 10 μm in diameter or less. PM2.5 refers to particles 2.5 μm in diameter or less.
-The unit of ppm is not applicable to particulates. tPM2.5 standards are likely to be revised after 2011.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

When we are discussing PM or particulate matter we are referring to fine particulates of things such as dust, pollen, mold, metals, combustion particles and organic compounds. This PM being trapped in the atmosphere is a major concern in Salt Lake City, Utah. PM usually gets trapped after a snowstorm in the Salt Lake

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