Tagebau Hambach, a large scale mine in Elsdorf (Germany)

Open pit located in Elsdorf is a town in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approximately 5 km south-west of Bergheim and 30 km west of Cologne.

30.000 people were displaced

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170 km2 were recovered for agricultural use

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Reference: Aréchaga Rodríguez, F. (2013) “La influencia de la actividad extractiva de materias primas en el desarrollo económico y social de un pais”. Jornada de reflexión (Galicia). Confedem. Santiago de Compostela

More info (in German)

Largest Open-pit Mines in The World