The main controversy in tangerine is environmental. An environmental controversy is problem in which the environment is behaving abnormal and in which is being damaged
Muck fires are fires that burn underground, usually caused when lighting that strikes the ground. In Tangerine they had multiple on going issues with muck fires. A muck fire causes a ton of smoke. For example Paul's mom thought their house was on fire from the smoke, so she called the fire department. She was told,"That field probably got hit by lightning last night. Stirred up the muck fire." (Bloor, pg15)
Sinkholes are a depression in the ground caused by instabilities in the subsurface. In tangerine part of the middle school was swallowed by a sink hole. ''I looked and saw the entire portable being swallowed up by the mud, its roof now where its porch steps should be.'' (Bloor pg,81) .According to an article by Jim Greene, "The most common causes of sinkholes are erosion and water drainage."
Paul's neighborhood was invaded by mosquitoes. There were so many of them because they tried to deal with the muck fires with water, which attracted the mosquitoes. According to a article by Marc Klowden, mosquitoes lay their eggs in water or in areas that will be flooded with water. This explains why there are so many.
In Tangerine houses in their sub-division are getting fumigated because of termites. The bugs were invading the houses because of the dead tangerine grove under them. Having the houses be open led to a robberies.
Lightning is formed when warm and cold air meet and make a thunder cloud. In the book lightning struck and killed Mike Costello during a football practice. "He had one hand on the goalpost, leaning on it, and kaboom! There was a crack, and a flash and he went flying"(Bloor, pg 50) According to a article written by Audrey Soley there are about 6000 deaths globally caused by lightning each year!
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Did you know a mosquito can lay 300 eggs at a time?
Cruz-Bernal, Audrey Soley, et al. "Lightning Mortality Rate in Colombia for the Period 1997 - 2014." ["Tasa de mortalidad por rayos en Colombia para el periodo 1997 - 2014"]. UIS Ingenierías, vol. 17, no. 2, July 2018, pp. 65-74. EBSCOhost, doi:10.18273/revuin.v17n2-2018006.
Cooper, Jill A. "Forest Fires and Healthy Forests." Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2013. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=89474676&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Greene, Jim, MFA. "Sinkhole." Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2016. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=119214375&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Klowden, Marc J. "Mosquitoes." Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2016. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=87323835&site=eds-live&scope=site
Tillman, Jodie. '' smoke from the muck fire pouring in''. St. Petersbrug,Times [St. Petersburg, FL], 3 July 2007, p. 1.Oppsosing Viewpoints in Context, http;//link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A165968456/OVIC?u=mari6646&sid=OVIC&xid=265434f0. Accessed 14 Aug. 2018