Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Open-Air-Coal-Mine-in-China-27MZIFI8U2WP.htmlConceptually similarOpen-pit Coal Mining in Inner MongoliaGP04FK5Completed★★★★Yellow River Highway Bridge in ChinaGP0STORJSCompleted★★★★Industrial Park alongside the Yellow River in ChinaGP0STORKICompleted★★★★★★Coal Mining in ShanxiGP0STOTOWCompleted★★★★★★★Calcium Carbide Slag in Inner MongoliaGP047A6Completed★★★★Calcium Carbide Slag in Inner MongoliaGP047A7Completed★★★★★★Coal Banner Action Along the Yellow RiverGP0STORKJCompleted★★★★★★Coal Banner Action Along the Yellow RiverGP0STORKKCompleted★★★★★★Open-pit Coal Mining in Inner MongoliaGP04FK7Completed★★★★View AllGP02COZOpen Air Coal Mine in ChinaLarge trucks transport coal day and night from the Gongwusu open-air coal mine. Almost all the earth here has been dug up. In the background is the Wuhai City Industrial Park and Power Plant, in Inner Mongolia.Locations:Asia-China-Inner MongoliaDate:9 Mar, 2011Credit:© Liu Feiyue / GreenpeaceMaximum size:2720px X 4080pxKeywords:Aerial view-Air pollution-Chimneys-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Coal mines-Day-Industrial landscapes-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Pollutants-Smoke-Toxics (campaign title)-TrucksShoot:Coal Dust Storms in ChinaThe sand storms originate in the arid and semi-arid areas of northwest China and Central Asia. Strong winds carry sand and dust into the north and east of China, damaging the health of both people and livestock, and hurting industrial and agricultural production.Coal ash that has been dumped in disposal sites without first being properly handled is easily whipped up into the atmosphere by strong winds, mixing into dust storm and traveling thousands of kilometres. But even more worrying is that this coal ash contains a high concentration of heavy metals and other toxic pollutants, including arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury. The presence of coal ash has transformed the physical and chemical composition of dust storms which now pose a serious threat to people’s health.