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Fishbone mining

A miner draws a diagram in the coal dust

A miner draws a diagram in the coal dust

Remembering:

This is how you remove the coal from the mountain. It’s like fishbones. Tunnel your way in along the spine and pick the ribs all the way out.

Dark. Strong. Bent double. Part of the history – unsure of the future.

Welcome to Norwegian coal mining at 78 degrees north, Svalbard style.

Photo Eric Guth

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