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Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes


Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes

Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes

The ancient mountain forests of Appalachia have been felled and what remains is an eerie, barren landscape of rough-hewn rock.  Alan Gignoux witnesses the effects of mountain top removal in America's coal heartland. Featured in FOTO8 

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Appalachia in Virginia is known for two very different reasons. Firstly, as America’s “resource colony,” which at its height a hundred years ago supplied two-thirds of the nation’s coal reserves. Secondly, as the poorest, least educated and least healthy region of North America with a scarred landscape that may never recover. Coal mining has been part of the socio-economic fabric of this part of Appalachia for over a century, but a move away from traditional shaft mining to mountaintop removal methods has devastated local communities by taking away employment, destroying the landscape and causing pollution-related health problems.

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Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes

Coal mining has been part of the socio-economic fabric of Appalachia for over a century, but a move away from traditional shaft mining to mountaintop removal methods has devastated local communities by taking away employment, destroying the landscape and causing pollution-related health problems.

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Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes

The ancient mountain forests of Appalachia have been felled and what remains is an eerie, barren landscape of rough-hewn rock.  Alan Gignoux witnesses the effects of mountain top removal in America's coal heartland. Featured in FOTO8 

www.foto8.com