What is mountain top removal coal mining?



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    Mountain top removal coal mining is a process that begins with clearing away the forests, topsoil, and animals off of a mountain. Next, explosives blast away up to 800 feet of the top part of the mountain. Then the soil is removed by taking it away or pushing it into adjacent valleys, and draglines are used to get to the mineral (or most often, the coal) in the mountain that the workers are after. It is actually very bad for natural life: it destroys plant and animal life and diversity, the explosions can damage nearby homes, and entire mountains can be completely torn down. There is a lot of waste produced, valleys can be filled up in dirt, and streams will often get contaminated from the process.

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