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Description: This photograph shows the devastation of strip mining (also known as surface mining). The vegetation and top soil are removed to be able to mine the minerals such as coal from below the surface. It is the method used instead of underground mining when the minerals are close to the surface. Strip mining was popular during the World War II era because it was a fast and inexpensive way to gather precious resources for the war effort. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B06F04_024_1
Subjects: Strip mining--Environmental aspects--Ohio; Coal mines and mining--Ohio--History
Places: Ohio