Lost Mountain

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-02
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
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"Erik Reece issues a stinging account and an inspiring call to arms to defend one of America's most threatened natural treasures." "The mountains of Appalachia are home to one of the great forests of the world - scientists refer to it as the "rainforest" of North America because it predates the Ice Age and continues to host a remarkable density of diverse species. These mountains also hold the mother lode of American coal, and the coal-mining industry has long been the economic backbone for families in a region hard-pressed for other job opportunities. But now, with the advent of radical strip mining, aka "mountaintop removal," it takes no more than ten men and some heavy machinery to blast off the top of a mountain, dump it in the valley below, and scoop out the coal. The economic and environmental consequences are devastating on an unprecedented scale." "Erik Reece chronicles the year he spent witnessing the systematic decimation of a single mountain, aptly named Lost Mountain. He makes evident that strip mining is not just a local concern or a radical issue, but a mainstream crisis that involves everything from corporate hubris and government neglect to species extinction and poisoned groundwater to class conflict and landscape destruction."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Erik Reece was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and teaches English and writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. His work appears in Harper's and the Oxford American, among other places.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. 3
The New Canaryp. 6
September 2003-Lost Mountainp. 11
Coal: An Autobiographyp. 15
October 2003-Lost Mountainp. 21
Which Side Are You On? (Part 1)p. 26
November 2003-Lost Mountainp. 31
The Power to Move Mountainp. 35
December 2003-Lost Mountainp. 39
"Was It All By Design?"p. 42
January 2004-Lost Mountainp. 51
Which Side Are You On? (Part 2)p. 57
February 2004-Lost Mountainp. 67
On Bad Creekp. 73
March 2004-Lost Mountainp. 83
What Is a Flying Squirrel Worth?p. 88
April 2004-Lost Mountainp. 99
Acts of Godp. 108
May 2004-Lost Mountainp. 117
Whitewash in Martin Countyp. 123
June 2004-Lost Mountainp. 139
The Ecovillagep. 149
July 2004-Lost Mountainp. 157
Which Side Are You On? (Part 3)p. 165
August 2004-Lost Mountainp. 175
Rfk in Ekyp. 179
September 2004-Lost Mountainp. 197
Before the Lawp. 207
Conclusionp. 215
Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Notesp. 237
Recommended Readingp. 249
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