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Rebecca Glaze - Pollution and Disease

Project Abstract

I created this map to determine if there was a correlation between living in or near a community where high pollution-emitting industries are located with the incident rates of common pollution related illnesses such as cancer, asthma, and chronic bronchitis.  I based my research in the southeastern United States which includes Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi.  I discovered that while many of the industries were located in counties with especially high rates of these illnesses, several of these specific counties had exceptionally large populations. After plotting the industry and health data, I decided to base the health rate percentages upon the population of each county. Each map depicts the percentage rates of cancer, asthma, or chronic bronchitis compared to the total population of the county.


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