Thursday, March 29, 2007
Coal mining in PA
I work as a landscape photographer in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to monitor the changes in landscape over time. Last summer I took over six hundred pictures and after analyzing them, found that there was heavy tree clearing on many of the hillsides and mountain tops. This area does not, as far as I know, have heavy mining activity, but it makes me wonder if the excavations and hilltop removal will spread into the Northeast portion of the state and also if there are old mining tunnels in the county. How would I go about looking into this? These lectures on Pennsylvania coal mining though, might help me identify some key conservation target areas and watch for the spread of mining into the communities. I think it is useful to realize that the academia culture can make connections to other cultural areas (i.e. environment, historical, community, photography, etc.) and by watching for these linkages we can find out how they impact the work we do or the livelihood of others or even our own views we hold. Lately, these connections have been much more apparent, probably because of the links we make in class. Just an interesting observation.