Aerial of Mountaintop Removal Mine

Mountaintop removal is a mining practice drastically transforming Appalachia.  It is an antiseptic term used to describe the most profound assault on land imaginable.  <br />
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Like a cancerous mutation of strip mining, entire mountaintops are blasted away to obtain a small seam of coal.  Unwanted rock is pushed into valleys and streams, destroying natural watersheds, leaving no vegetation, and turning the terrain into unusable land.  <br />
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So many small streambeds are dumped with the excess rock and dirt that the length of the Ohio River is filled in.