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World of Change: Mountaintop Mining in West Virginia

Based on Earth Observatory's World of Change series, this segment highlights the effects of mining and reclamation on the landscape through a series of satellite images of a strip mine in West Virginia.


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory.

  • Photograph of West Virginia: Vivian Stockman/OHVEC/SouthWings 

  • Landsat 5, 7, and 8 satellite images of the Hobet mine: NASA Earth Observatory, USGS

Video design and production by STScI
Text by STScI, based on stories from the NASA Earth Observatory: 
Music courtesy of APM


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!