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Title: Lost Mountain: a year in the vanishing wilderness; radical strip mining and the devastation of Appalachia

Abstract

The mountains of Appalachia are home to one of the great forests of the world - they predate the Ice Age and scientists refer to them as the 'rainforests' of North America for their remarkable density and species diversity. These mountains also hold the mother lode of American coal, and the coal mining industry has long been the economic backbone for families in a region hard-pressed for other job opportunities. But recently, a new type of mining has been introduced -'radical strip mining', aka 'mountaintop removal'- in which a team employing no more than ten men and some heavy machinery literally blast off the top of a mountain, dump it in the valley below, and scoop out the coal. Erik Reece chronicles the year he spent witnessing the systematic decimation of a single mountain, aptly named 'Lost Mountain'. A native Kentuckian and the son of a coal worker, Reece makes it clear that strip mining is neither a local concern nor a radical contention, but a mainstream crisis that encompasses every hot-button issue - from corporate hubris and government neglect, to class conflict and poisoned groundwater, to irrevocable species extinction and landscape destruction. Published excerpts of Lost Mountain are alreadymore » driving headlines and legislative action in Kentucky.« less

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OSTI Identifier:
20885768
Resource Type:
Book
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Internet: www.powells.com
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; FORESTS; KENTUCKY; APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS; SURFACE MINING; REMOVAL; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; WATER POLLUTION; LANDSCAPING; DAMAGE; SPECIES DIVERSITY; TREES; WILD ANIMALS; HABITAT

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Reece, E. Lost Mountain: a year in the vanishing wilderness; radical strip mining and the devastation of Appalachia. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Reece, E. Lost Mountain: a year in the vanishing wilderness; radical strip mining and the devastation of Appalachia. United States.
Reece, E. Thu . "Lost Mountain: a year in the vanishing wilderness; radical strip mining and the devastation of Appalachia". United States. doi:.
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title = {Lost Mountain: a year in the vanishing wilderness; radical strip mining and the devastation of Appalachia},
author = {Reece, E.},
abstractNote = {The mountains of Appalachia are home to one of the great forests of the world - they predate the Ice Age and scientists refer to them as the 'rainforests' of North America for their remarkable density and species diversity. These mountains also hold the mother lode of American coal, and the coal mining industry has long been the economic backbone for families in a region hard-pressed for other job opportunities. But recently, a new type of mining has been introduced -'radical strip mining', aka 'mountaintop removal'- in which a team employing no more than ten men and some heavy machinery literally blast off the top of a mountain, dump it in the valley below, and scoop out the coal. Erik Reece chronicles the year he spent witnessing the systematic decimation of a single mountain, aptly named 'Lost Mountain'. A native Kentuckian and the son of a coal worker, Reece makes it clear that strip mining is neither a local concern nor a radical contention, but a mainstream crisis that encompasses every hot-button issue - from corporate hubris and government neglect, to class conflict and poisoned groundwater, to irrevocable species extinction and landscape destruction. Published excerpts of Lost Mountain are already driving headlines and legislative action in Kentucky.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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