Open Pit Coal Mines To Become Lake District Tourist Paradise


Visitors sit on a beach next to a passenger ship on the shore of... News PhotoArtificial,Beach,Business,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Germany,Lake,Lakeshore,Leisure Activity,Lifestyles,Passenger,Pollution,Ship,Vertical,VisitPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesGROSSKOSCHEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 26: Visitors sit on a beach next to a passenger ship on the shore of artificial Senftenberger See lake on August 26, 2013 in Grosskoschen, Germany. Senftenberger See was once an open-pit lignite coal mine flooded after it shuttered in the late 1960s, and today it is popular among tourists, wind surfers 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 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)