Mountain Top Removal-When Mountains Move, March, 2006 National Geographic Magazine

Mountaintop removal is a mining practice drastically transforming Appalachia. Entire mountaintops are dynamited away to obtain small seams of coal. Unwanted rock is pushed into valleys and streams destroying natural watersheds. Impoundments of heavy metals and slurry are held in ponds. The mountain culture as well as people's health is at risk. Coal is big business, used to pour our nation's electricity.

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Created 2 May 2009 | Last updated 29 Dec 2011

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