China Flattens Hundreds of Mountains for New Cities

June 7, 2014 4:22 PM

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Over the past few years, China has been carrying out a startling plan to flatten 700 mountains and shovel the debris into valleys, in order to create 155 square miles of land where brand-new cities can be built.

But an article published this week by three Chinese academics in the journal Nature warns that the massive project, which bears similarities to mountaintop removal mining in the United States but is vastly larger in scale, runs the risk of creating nightmarish erosion in addition to water and air po...

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