Mountaintop Removal Explained By Cartoon

01/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Huffington Post

Mountaintop-removal mining is a method of surface mining that involves lopping of the tops of mountains. The process is most closely associated with coal mining in the Appalachian Mountain range, where the landscape has been drastically altered by the practice. Mountaintop removal is highly contested by environmentalists, not only because of the extreme topographical and ecological transformation involved, but also because of the run-off of waste material generated from the mining of the coal.

Gorilla in the Greenhouse's"Turn it Up Day" depicts a city hooked on supposedly "clean, green, mountain energy." But when KJ and the gang discover that "clean and green" is actually a massive coal-seeking mechanical worm on it's way to remove their favorite mountaintop, the kids take on the mountain-eater...


"The Appalachians" likewise illustrates the perils of mountaintop removal. This short film offers a glimpse into the perspectives of mountain top Appalachians taking on the practice, as well as certain proponents. Check it out: