Aerial of Mountaintop Removal Mine

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

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.
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Mountaintop removal is a mining practice drastically transforming Appalachia. It is an antiseptic term used to describe the most profound assault on land imaginable.

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.

So many small streambeds are dumped...
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