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November 30, 2011 - West Virginia surface mining

Surface Mining Before
Landsat 5
June 6, 1987
Surface Mining After
Landsat 5
June 8, 2011
Surface Mining Before
Surface Mining After
June 6, 1987 June 8, 2011
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Nearly half of the Nation's electrical power comes from coal burning; much of that coal comes from West Virginia. An increasing amount of coal extracted each year in West Virginal comes from surface and mountain top mining. The 1987 and 2011 Landsat satellite images above illustrate the expansion of surface mining in west central West Virginia. For more information, visit the EROS Image Gallery.