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Mowing Down the Mountains

A small crew of workers operating huge machines can tear apart a mountain in less than a year, working night and day to expose and remove layers of low-sulfur coal. The process, known as "mountaintop removal," scrapes away rock and dumps it into adjacent streams and hollows.

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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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