For nature lovers, Los Angeles has kind of a bad rep – it's definitely more commonly associated with urban sprawl, traffic, and pollution than it is with natural beauty. As an environmental biology major and an avid hiker, I'd like to take my moment on the Oxy Voices blog to set some things straight.
First, a word about smog. Like I mentioned, I'm a science major, but I'll try not to be too technical. While air quality is a persistent problem here, it's not entirely because of the car culture. Los Angeles is located in a valley right next to the ocean – perfect, right? Well, not entirely. As air over the land is heated, it rises, and cool, moist (read: dense, heavy) air moves in from the ocean and settles underneath. Usually this isn't really a problem, but here the cool ocean air...Read More