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Old 11-07-2012, 12:45 PM   #101
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Thanks, Dude. With utmost sincerity, I had absolutely no idea how coal was mined and why. It makes sense that there are "veins" of coal but does it cause too much environmental damage to just dig up the entire area instead of mining it?
Thatís strip mining. Yes, it creates a big ole mess, monstrous pit in the ground. Google strip mines, thereís pictures all over the net. Strip mining is the cheap way to go after it but the expensive way to clean it back up afterwards.

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I've seen a few news broadcasts in my life about coal mining accidents and I have no idea how guys can mine coal. I'd be so freaking claustrophobic I probably wouldn't be able walk more than five feet in.
Same here. Fantastic Caverns is about as close as I can come to cave crawling.
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