Reimagining coal mines

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The Lusatia area of Germany was once a strip-mining hub. Now, 33 percent of the country's energy comes from renewable sources, and low demand has pushed many area mines out of use. Solar panels (lower-left in the images of Grossraeschen See) and wind turbines are replacing coal-fired power plants. Regional authorities have flooded the out-of-use mines, creating 26 new lakes from the scars on the landscape, in an effort to transition to a tourism-oriented economy.

Caroline Binley