Finding the elegant solution

"Mountaintop Removal" is surface mining by which seams of coal are extracted as entire mountaintops are blasted and bulldozed away. Surrounding valleys fill with debris sometimes 900 feet deep. Streams are buried, and the flow of rainwater is radically changed.

It's a high-impact operation. Dust and debris settle everywhere. Huge trucks rumble over roads not built for their size and weight. Water supplies are affected. The ecosystem and contour of the land are changed indelibly.

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