A group called Appalachian Voices has teamed up with Google to include a new mountaintop removal coal mining layer in Google Earth. This layer includes the National Memorial for the Mountains, a project that shows the locations and tells the stories of mountains in Appalachia impacted by mountaintop removal.
The National Memorial for the Mountains is an online memorial that uses the popular Google Earth software to show the massive scale of destruction occurring in Appalachia. The memorial identifies more than 470 mountains destroyed by mountaintop removal and connects visitors to stories, photos, maps, videos and interviews of local residents to tell the stories of those mountains and nearby communities.
Some of the features of the memorial can be viewed on their homepage page,http://www.ilovemountains.org/memorial/ either by clicking on any of the featured mountains listed or by clicking on the flags in the map. For the complete experience, including “before and after” views of destroyed mountains, a high-resolution “virtual tour” of a large mountaintop removal site, and more, it is necessary to view the memorial in the Google Earth environment.