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A Little Off The Top: The Effects Of Mountiantop Removal Mining On Salamanders

Author(s): Brian Tyler Dagliano

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This lesson will provide an explanation of mountaintop removal mining, and potential harms associated with it. Then the lesson will move into a statistical analysis of salamanders living in streams near mountaintop removal sites.

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Version 1.0 - published on 11 May 2021 doi:10.25334/DBGG-X704 - cite this


This lesson will begin with a brief history of mining in the Appalachian Mountains. Then the lesson will explain what mountaintop removal mining is and the potential environmental harms associated with it. Then the lesson will move into an explanation of the dataset that will be used for the analysis, with a deeper look into the species of focus for the lesson. Finally, the lesson will conclude in R Studio with a test comparing sites effected by mountaintop removal mining and sites not effected.

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