* Kent Kessinger is a photojournalist based out of North Carolina. He has photographed several scenes of Mountaintop Removal and has kindly given me permission to use some of them for this web site.

His MTR images are displayed, courtesy of Appalachian Voice, on Flickr. Please visit Kessinger's personal site at

* The New York Times illustration of the process of MTR was found at Mountaintop Removal Clearinghouse.

* Some information came from the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining.

* Some information came from

* Some information came from Erik Reece's book "Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness; Radical Strip Mining and the Destruction of Appalachia." This book was published in 2006. More can be read about Reece and his research here and here.