The real reason for the mist in the mountains
How did the Smoky Mountains get their name?
It may not be surprising, but they're named because of their smoky look
The Cherokee called the mountains Shaconage, which means "place of the blue smoke"
Some people think the smoke is from the mist rising from the streams
But actually, the mist is produced by the forest itself
Water is pulled from the soil into the plants and trees ...
And then the water rises from the leaves, evaporating into the air
The water cools and forms the famous blue-tinged mists
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