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Mountaintop removal mine in southwest Virginia

Mountaintop removal evolved in the 1970s from conventional strip mining techniques and is increasingly popular with coal companies because it allows them to access thinner seams of coal using only a fraction of the workforce required for underground mining operations. Photo of a mountaintop removal operation in southwest Virginia courtesy of Southwings, www.southwings.org.

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Uploaded on September 28, 2006