Anthony McInnis is a doctoral candidate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. His research focuses on ecological design and engineering solutions in the mining industry.

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The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all. —Wendell Berry, Unsettling of America Coal Mining in Appalachia Coal mining has been practiced in Appalachia since the Revolutionary War. An upsurge in extraction began with the twentieth century.1 By its end, increased mechanization produced enough coal to …

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