December 31, 1969
Photos from NASA's Landsat 5 satellite show the growing Hobet 21 mountaintop removal mine along the Boone-Lincoln County border south of Charleston. The natural landscape is shown as dark green, forested mountains, creased by streams and indented by hollows. Active mining areas appear off-white, while areas being reclaimed are light green. For more photos of the site, visit http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/hobet.php. This photo is from 1984.
Hobet 21 in 1996. Active mining areas appear off-white, while areas being reclaimed are light green.