It is in places like this, all around the world, that coal is mined every day for our energy consumption needs. In total, we mine over 7.2 billion metric tons of coal each year.
But do you know all of the facts about coal? If you're like most people, probably not. Coal is a low-emission, extremely popular form of energy that most of us use every day, even though we may not know it.
China is the world's leader in coal production, having increased production by 139% since 2000, but the USA, Australia, India, and Indonesia are also among the world's leading coal producers
Coal mining is a safe and simple process when done right, and there are multiple ways to extract coal from the Earth in a safe, effective way.
Coal can be mined from the Earth's surface or beneath it, through underground tunnels and mines. Surface mining is more efficient, recovering over 90% of the land's deposits, but sometimes underground mining is necessary.
And while the common misconception exists that coal mining destroys the land it takes place on, this is not the case. Land can be safely and easily rehabilitated to its pre-mining condition once mining is complete.