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 Post subject: German anthracite mines
PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:36 am 
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VOERDE, Germany -- About a half-mile under the Earth's surface here, dozens of soot-faced miners scrape coal from some of the richest seams in the world, just as their forebears had done for generations. Conveyor belts funnel the shiny black rock through crushing machines and up to the surface, where it helps to power the globe's third-biggest economy.

Germany's 500-year-old tradition of hard-coal mining, however, is dying out. With domestic coal long unprofitable because of cheap imports from Africa and Asia, the German government this year decided to gradually withdraw expensive subsidies that have kept its mines open for nearly a half-century.

Today, only eight hard-coal mines are in operation, down from more than 100 at the industry's peak in the late 1950s. The last of those is set to close by 2018, when the subsidies dry up. And with that, there will be no more German hard-coal miners, who once numbered more than 500,000.

From : Democratic underground.com


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Location: Anthracite Region of PA
Does that sound familar?

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Location: Within 60 Miles of the Northern Anthracite Field
yup

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Before they do shut down for good I wanna make it over there to see the german mining industry..... that would be an interesting comparasin!

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