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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Which of the following would be the BEST title for the selection?
a. "The Mountains of Los Angeles"
b. "Traffic Problems in Los Angeles"
c. "Burning Trash, Burning Eyes"
d. "The Lost Orange Groves"
After World War II, thousands of families moved into Los Angeles and its suburbs. New neighborhoods were springing up, replacing orange groves and open space. Roads and schools were quickly built to keep pace with the rapid population growth. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the entire Los Angeles basin looked like a new, green, sun-filled paradise to the families moving there.
In the early 1950s, one of the common family chores in Los Angeles was to carry the trash out to the stone incinerator behind the garage, where each family burned its dry trash. "Wet" garbage was collected and taken to the city dump, where it was burned by the city. Everyone throughout the city either used an incinerator or burned things in an open trash pile.There were more than 400,000 back- yard trash incinerators. On warm afternoons, people's eyes would sometimes sting and burn. People would stop, close their eyes, and let the cleansing tears refresh irritated eyes. They accepted this as a normal part of life in suburban Los Angeles.