Open Pit Coal Mines To Become Lake District Tourist Paradise

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Windsurfers take advantage of a windy day on artifiticial... News PhotoAir Pollution,Bestof,Business,Day,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Germany,Horizontal,Lake,Leisure Activity,Lifestyles,Pollution,Topics,Topix,Wind,Windsurfing,WinningPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesSENFTENBERG, GERMANY - AUGUST 26: Windsurfers take advantage of a windy day on artifiticial Senftenberger See lake on August 26, 2013 near 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)