Central Appalachia Flatter Due to Mountaintop Mining

A Duke study shows 40 years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 40 percent flatter than they were before excavation. The researchers collaborated with a Data+ project team to develop web-based app to help people visualize the change. 

See additional coverage of this work: 

How the Coal Industry Flattened the Mountains of Appalachia (New York Times)

Scientists Have Now Quantified Mountaintop Removal Mining’s Destruction Of Appalachia (Thinkprogress.org)

Coal mining has flattened Appalachia by 40%: Scientists reveal dramatic extent of damage done by mountaintop removal (Dailymail.com)