Viewfinder: The Closing of the Last Coal Mine in Germany's Appalachia

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Coal miners give German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier a symbolic final chunk of coal in a ceremony at Schloss Bellevue presidential palace on April 3rd, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Germany's last underground coal mine, located in the Ruhr region, closed in December. However, Germany still mines large amounts of lignite coal from open cast mines near Cologne and in eastern Germany.

Coal miners give German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier a symbolic final chunk of coal in a ceremony at Schloss Bellevue presidential palace on April 3rd, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Germany's last underground coal mine, located in the Ruhr region, closed in December. However, Germany still mines large amounts of lignite coal from open cast mines near Cologne and in eastern Germany.

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