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Nick King Expository Writing Hilda Downer T R 2:00-3:15 Where Did The Mountains Go? Imagine riding down a mountain road on a cool fall day, with the windows down and the wind whipping through your hair. If you have been to the mountains before, you can probably remember how the crisp mountain breeze feels, and how beautiful the scenery is. Being that I live in the mountains, I get to enjoy this every day, and I feel that there is no place I’d rather be. But, then imagine that the mountains are gone. Imagine they have been blown up by the coal companies, in order to make it easier to produce coal, and more importantly to satisfy their greed. Sadly this is not just a figment of our imagination; it’s called mountaintop removal and it is very real. Mountaintop Removal is known as the cheapest and yet most controversial form of mining. The process involves the use of explosives to access the coal from a mountain, and the resulting debris is scraped into nearby river valleys, which is called a valley fill.
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Mountaintop Removal is mostly taking place in the greater part of the Appalachian Mountains, which stretches from Alabama all the way up into southeastern Canada. Jim Webb, a well-known poet and activist against Mountaintop Removal claims that “coal is a curse.” I currently reside in the Appalachian Mountains, but luckily there is no coal in the part of the mountains that I call my home. However, in places like West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia it is quite a different story. These mountains, which are known as some of the oldest mountains in the world (even older than the Rockies of the Himalayas) are being
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1000 taught by Professor Downer during the Fall '08 term at Appalachian State.

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