Germany turns former coal mines into vast lakeside resorts


Germany turns former coal mines into vast lakeside resorts

As the sun beats down on a small vineyard by the rippling waters of Grossraeschen Lake, there’s little sign of the vast wound that lies beneath.

Meuro, the brown-black mine that once dominated the landscape, providing jobs to thousands of workers who toiled in clouds of lignite coal dust, has vanished. Only a floating excavator plucking sunken trees out of the water hints at the effort that’s gone into reshaping this corner of eastern Germany over the past decades.

It’s part of a massive environmental cleanup in Lusatia, a region that provided much of the coal that heated German homes and powered the country’s industrial rise.

Unlike its darker variety, lignite seams – also known as brown coal – often lie close to the surface, meaning it is easiest to just remove layer upon layer from above rather than dig underground shafts. Read More

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