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There are no condos, nor were there ever meant to be. Such flagrant practices, once commonplace in the Appalachia coal country, were supposed to come to an end under a landmark federal strip-mining bill signed into law inthe year before Smith started blasting. That legislation, which won approval only after a decade of bitter congressional struggle, set stiff rules for strip-mining operations.

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John L. Gilbert of Hickory Rd. Scientists said they couldn't have been used for fortifications or for a livestock fence or as the perimeter of a prehistoric settlement, but they might have been a sun worship site for a 1, year old village in the Kanawha Valley floor at the base of the mountain.

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They include a majority of the walk areas on WalkGPS. Strip-mining for bauxite first commenced at Jarrahdale in and major expansions of mining operations within the leases have since been approved by Government. The expansions will increasingly impact on and greatly diminish quality bushwalking opportunities in the region in coming years.

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For more on this update, check out our Surprising Science blog. For most of its route through the hardscrabble towns of West Virginia's central Appalachian highlands, U. Highway 60 follows riverbanks and valleys.

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I feel disgusted, and I feel compelled to stand up and do something about it. Mountaintop removal mining devastates the landscape, turning areas that should be lush with forests and wildlife into barren moonscapes. Huge machines, called "draglines," push rock and dirt into nearby streams and valleys, forever burying waterways.

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Mountaintop-removal mines in Appalachia are estimated to produce just 5 to 10 percent of total U. This highly destructive form of surface mining is disfiguring an entire region, the coalfield areas of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, because of one reason: profit. More than mountains in the southern Appalachians, which are among the oldest mountains on Earth, have already been sheared off.

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Environmental Protection Agency, have been grouped into nine series. These nine broad cate- gories were established to facilitate further development and application of en- vironmental technology. Elimination of traditional grouping was consciously planned to foster technology transfer and a maximum interface in related fields.

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Clad in chest waders and camouflage, Kyle Hill stepped into the pond, reached into the shallow water, and lifted it from the post where it had been mounted. A few hundred yards away were the culprits: Rocky Mountain elk, lurking at the interface between scrubby woods and sparse grassland. Overhead, patches of clouds moved briskly across a blue November sky in southwest Virginia. The sheared ground of this former strip mine was unnaturally flat and a sharp contrast to the crinkled mountain ridges of late-autumn brown that stood layer upon layer on the horizon.

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As a companion to this book, I also read Coal: A Human Historyby Barbara Freese, which is indeed a fascinating history of our centuries-long relationship with coal, if a little sweeping in its summings-up. Highly recommended. People screeching about in my view, largely pointless carbon offset schemes for frequent fliers are culpable in much greater environmental catastrophes when they forget that a massive percentage of electricity in countries such as the US and China is supplied by coal-fired power plants.

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