Eating Appalachia: NASA satellite images reveal mountain cannibalism for coal

Mongabay: New images released by NASA reveal the conversion of mountains and forests in southern West Virginia to a giant surface mine. The time-lapse shots from 1984 to 2009 show the process of mountaintop removal in Boone County, West Virginia. The images show forests being stripped, valleys filled, and giant craters excavated in the process of mining thin seams of coal at Hobet mine. "These natural-color (photo-like) images document the growth of the Hobet mine as it moves from ridge ......

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