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Mountaintop removal power point
Mountaintop removal power point
Mountaintop removal power point
Mountaintop removal power point
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Mountaintop removal power point

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  1. Photo by Vivian Stockman-ohvec.org
  2. Background Information <ul><li>Mountaintop removal coal mining is a surface mining practice involving the </li></ul><ul><li>removal of mountaintops to expose coal seams. –EPA definition </li></ul><ul><li>Mountaintop removal mining techniques appeared in West Virginia and </li></ul><ul><li>surrounding coal fields around the WW2 era. </li></ul><ul><li>The alternative to mountaintop removal mining is deep mining. </li></ul>
  3. A Biodiverse Region <ul><li>Much of southern Appalachia’s </li></ul><ul><li>biodiversity is a result of its geography </li></ul><ul><li>Salamanders and Fungi reach their </li></ul><ul><li>greatest diversity in southern Appalachia </li></ul>
  4. <ul><li>The Southern Appalachian Mountains “are a global biodiversity hotspot”- George Wuerthner, Plundering Appalachia </li></ul>
  5. The Mountaintop removal process covers all three of the H’s of conservation biology.
  6. 1.) Habitat Fragmentation- A road must be created to the strip site.
  7. 2.) Habitat Degradation- Entire forest of the area to be mined is cut.
  8. 3.) Habitat Destruction - Area is mined and mountain destroyed

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