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.
GRAPHIC: By Patterson Clark, The Washington Post - April 19, 2008
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.