Open Pit Coal Mines To Become Lake District Tourist Paradise

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A giant excavator and a conveyor belt system ferrying topsoil stand... News PhotoBelt,Business,Coal,Conveyor Belt,Earth Mover,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Germany,Horizontal,Leisure Activity,Lifestyles,Lignite,Order,Pollution,TopsoilPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesWELZOW, GERMANY - AUGUST 26: A giant excavator (L) and a conveyor belt system ferrying topsoil stand at the Welzow Sued open-pit lignite coal mine on August 26, 2013 near Welzow, Germany. Welzow Sued, operated by Vattenfall, is among the last active open-pit mines in a region known as the Lausitzer Seenland, where dozens of former mines have been turned into lakes. In a development project initiated by state government, other nearby former open-pit mines that once evoked a lunar landscape are being turned into lakes in a long-term rejuvenation effort that is also intended to make the area a viable tourist destination. Mineral residue in the mines, however, is proving a difficult stumbling block that is making many of the new lakes too acidic to sustain marine life in the short term. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)