3D surface analysis showing areas with significant elevation change (valley filling in red, ridge cutting in blue) at a single valley fill, Connelly Branch in the Hobet Mine Complex, WV. Source: Ross, et al., 2016.

Mountaintop Removal Mining and Flash Floods in West Virginia

A.J. Rohn

Mountaintop removal mining is when explosives are used to blast through the peak of a mountain and expose coal that is buried below. The practice has destructive consequences on the trees of the mountain, as well as the streams.