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Photo, Print, Drawing Aerial view of Mountaintop Removal, approaching Racine

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  • Aerial view of Mountaintop Removal, approaching Racine


  • Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)

Created / Published

  • October 26, 1995


  • -  Fall
  • -  Mountaintop removal
  • -  October
  • -  Landform complex
  • -  Made land
  • -  Photographs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  West Virginia -- Boone County -- Racine


  • Photographs
  • Ethnography


  • -  Event: Helicopter tour of Mountaintop Removal and Reclamation on Big Coal River watershed.
  • -  "To better understand the method of mining known as "mountaintop removal and reclamation," Lyntha Eiler and I visited the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection. There we interviewed Roger Hall, the assistant director, who invited us to view by helicopter the mountaintop removal and reclamation in progress on the Marsh and Clear Forks of the Big Coal River. Benny Campbell, a mining inspector from the Logan County office of the DEP, accompanied us on our helicopter tour.
  • -  Campbell termed this site "a mom and pop operation."
  • -  Note the "valley fill" in the foreground. Valley fills are created as a way to dispose of excess rocks and dirt displaced through blasting and excavation."


  • 35 mm Color Slide

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C033-08

Source Collection

  • Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)


  • American Folklife Center

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  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Eiler, Lyntha Scott. Aerial view of Mountaintop Removal, approaching Racine. Racine Boone County West Virginia, 1995. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Eiler, L. S. (1995) Aerial view of Mountaintop Removal, approaching Racine. Racine Boone County West Virginia, 1995. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Eiler, Lyntha Scott. Aerial view of Mountaintop Removal, approaching Racine. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.