GERMANY, Welzow, Brandenburg – December 11, 2015: The open cast mine Welzow-Süd (Welzow south) is a brown coal (lignite) open mining in the southern Niederlausitz, which is operated of the Vattenfall Europe Mining AG. Here: Mining coal: Bucket-wheel and bucket-chain excavators dig the raw lignite out of the pit below the overburden convey- or bridge. Kilometres of conveyor belts carry the raw lignite to loading points. Depending on the opencast mine, this then is loaded onto trains and taken to the power stations.

CREDIT: Gordon Welters for The New York Times
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