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West Virginia Mine

Photo: A mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia
One of the largest strip mines in West Virginia, Hobet 21 sprawls across almost 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares). Forests edging these mountaintop mines often block the view of them from the ground, though nearby households suffer from the proximity.
Photograph by Melissa Farlow

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