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2014-09-03 19:15:59

Below the densely forested slopes of southern West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains is a layer cake of thin coal seams. To uncover this coal profitably, mining companies engineer large—sometimes very large—surface mines using strip mining methods. This image of a surface mine in Boone County, West Virginia from 2009.

Image uploaded by Karen Graham
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