A new satellite view of the Smoky Mountains shows the blue mist that gives the region its name.
The image, shared by NASA’s Earth Observatory, is a best-pixel image of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in east Tennessee. That means that it’s made up of the most cloud-free pixels taken from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites between 1986 and 2013.
Gatlinburg, the town hit hard by a fast-moving wildfire in November, is visible in this view as a grayish blur tucked between ridges. East of Gatlinburg is Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 6,643 feet (2,025 meters). Clingman’s Dome is also the highest point in all of Tennessee. The body of water just right of the center of the image is Lake Fontana in North Carolina, a reservoir on the Little Tennessee River.
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