Open Pit Coal Mines To Become Lake District Tourist Paradise


Visitors look out at boats along the boardwalk at the marina of... News PhotoArtificial,Boardwalk,Business,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Germany,Horizontal,Lake,Leisure Activity,Lifestyles,Marina,Nautical Vessel,Pollution,VisitPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesSENFTENBERG, GERMANY - AUGUST 26: Visitors look out at boats along the boardwalk at the marina of artificial Senftenberger See lake on August 26, 2013 in Senftenberg, Germany. Senftenberger See was once an open-pit lignite coal mine flooded after it shut down in the late 1960s, and today it is popular among tourists, windsurfers and fishermen. 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 from 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)