Our new video series and interactive map showcases the vibrant and indelible culture, stunning biodiversity and enormous economic potential of Appalachia. Watch the stories of individuals and communities facing a future where their natural heritage is at risk of being blown up by mountaintop removal coal mining, then take action to help save them!
The latest version of the Appalachian Mountaintop Removal layer in Google Earth includings the following features, and more! included inside of the Google Earth menu
|America’s Most Endangered Mountains |
A video series showcasing stories of individuals and communities facing a future where their natural heritage is at risk of being blown up by mountaintop removal coal mining.
|My Connection Coal Tracking Tools |
Enter your zip code in our special My Connection tracking tool to see your connection in Google Maps and Google Earth.
|High Resolution Mine Site Tour |
Take a high resolution tour of the 6 stages of a mountaintop removal mine site in southern West Virginia.
|National Memorial for the Mountains |
Experience first-hand stories about 22 destroyed mountains and the communities who live on them, or download markers to more than 470 mountains destroyed by mountaintop removal
|High-Resolution “Before and After” Overlays |
Download this file to your Temporary Places folder for a complete set of “before and after” overlays for 22 mountains destroyed by mountaintop removal.
|Mine Site Overlayed on 36 U.S. Cities |
The Hobet mining complex near Mud, West Virginia is one of the largest contiguous mountaintop removal mines. At more than 7 miles long, it covers more than 10,000 acres (15 square miles). Download this file to your Temporary Places folder to view the Hobet mine site overlayed on 36 U.S. cities.
|3-D Model of a Dragline |
Download a life-sized 3-D model of a dragline to your Temporary Places folder. A dragline is a massive mining machine used to scoop up demolished bedrock and mining waste and dump it into valleys below.
|Coal Sludge Dams in Appalachia |
Download this file to your Temporary Places folder to see all 330 coal sludge dams in Appalachia. You’ll find links to more information about each sludge dam including volume, height, owner, and safety rating.
There are a A LOT of videos on the web about mountaintop removal coal mining. The 4 listed below give good overviews of the problem. Try this search on YouTube for more.
To download the following videos:
- PC users - Right click on link below video to open an option menu, then click on "save link as"
- MAC users - Hold down the Option button, then click on "save link as"
This saves the file to your default download location (usually the desktop).
Browse photos from the National Memorial for the Mountains.
- iLoveMountains.org Mountaintop Removal Slide Show
- Hobet Mine Complex Overlayed on 38 US cities
- Aerial Photography: flights courtesy of SouthWings.
- Maps of the Mountaintop Removal Mining Region
- All Photos from iLoveMountains.org