Mountaintop removal can be defined as an invasive form of coal mining in which the soil, rock and plant life of a mountain is destroyed and removed through the use of explosives in order to mine the coal seams underneath.
Dawson, Riley; Winters, Paige; and Matson, Jojo
"Mountain top removal,"
Uhuru: Vol. 10
, Article 12.
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