Open Pit Coal Mines To Become Lake District Tourist Paradise

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Motorboats lie moored among rocks tinted ochre by mineral residue at... News PhotoArtificial,Business,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Germany,Lake,Leisure Activity,Lifestyles,Mineral,Moored,Motorboat,Pollution,Vertical,YellowPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesGEIERSWALDE, GERMANY - AUGUST 26: Motorboats lie moored among rocks tinted ochre by mineral residue at artificial Geierswalder See lake on August 26, 2013 near Geierswalde, Germany. Geierwalde See is a former open-pit lignite coal mine purposefully flooded in the early 2000s with the intent of creating a lake. 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)