Open cast mining has affected local livelihoods such as farming as well as damaging the environment. The Jiangcang mine, seen in the middle ground is situated at 4000 m above sea level, 31 km away from Muli, in the Datong River Basin. Since the exploitation of opencast coal mines along the Datong River began, much of the local environment has been destroyed. With large quantities of high calorific value coal transported away on a daily basis.
© Wu Haitao / Greenpeace