Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - A Recipe for Disaster...

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A Recipe for Disaster Flyover courtesy SouthWings.org
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http://ilovemountains.org/resources/ Clearing Blasting Digging Processing Dumping Waste Reclamation
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All vegetation must be removed. Destroys natural habitats The trees cleared for mining often go to waste. Forests may be fragmented or divided. Source: http://www.epa.gov/Region3/mtntop/#impacts Flyover courtesy SouthWings.org
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To access coal seams through surface mining, many Appalachian mountains require the removal of at least 500 feet of elevation.
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This machine, called a dragline, removes debris and coal. Bucket Holds 24 Compact Cars Stands 22 Stories Tall Cost: up to $100 million Flyover courtesy SouthWings.org
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Impoundments are unstable, held in place by mining debris. If an impoundment gives way, hazardous materials in the slurry enter the environment. First, the coal is washed and treated.
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2011 for the course ENGLISH 255 taught by Professor Knox during the Spring '11 term at University of Tennessee.

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Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - A Recipe for Disaster...

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