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About 6.8 percent of the shaded area — about 816,000 acres of central Appalachia — has been affected by "mountaintop" mining, or will be affected by 2012. At this type of mine, peaks are sheared off to reach the coal seams underneath.

[Map: Appalachian Coalfield Region]

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Stripping Mountains to Power D.C.
Article | MUD, W.Va. -- This is a place where "moving mountains" is no longer a figure of speech. Here, among the steep green Appalachians, mining companies are moving mountains off their pedestals to get the kind of coal that Washington needs.

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