Aerial Photos Of German Coal Mine Reveal True Extent Of Its Impacts

July 1, 2014 5:01 PM

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Aerial Photos Of German Coal Mine Reveal True Extent Of Its Impacts

Photographer Bernhard Lang captured these striking pictures of the Tagebau Hambach coal mine in Germany in May, photographing what appears to be a “barren planet out of a science fiction movie.” Lang told The Huffington Post that he was inspired by both the "formal visual aspect of the structures" and textures of the mine as well as a desire to show the extent of resource depletion.

The mine, the largest of its kind in Germany, is currently around 1200 feet deep and uses some of the largest excavators in the world. It has the dubious honor of being one of the biggest holes in Europe. Lang said he was struck by both the size of the mine as well as the quantity of soil and sand t...

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