A giant paddle wheel of a bucket excavator of the nearby lignite mine is seen at a demolition site at Elsdorf, near Cologne, western Germany, Saturtday Feb. 3,2001. The 96 meter high ( 288ft.) and 240 meters length (720 ft.) bucket excavator with a weight of 13,000 tons
A blade wheel excavator works at the surface mining Profen of the Central German Lignite Corporation (MIBRAG) southwestern of Leipzig, eastern Germany. AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz.
Vineta Church is anchored on an artificial lake created after open cast mining passed through the region. AP Photo/Jens Meyer.
Královstvím buků na Jezeří
A bucket-chain dredger mines overburden in the surface mining "Vereinigtes Schleenhain" of the Central German Brown Coal company MIBRAG, south of Leipzig, eastern Germany. APN Photo/Eckehard Schulz.
Top: A view at a spreader surrounded by scaffolding for refurbishment. AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz. Bottom: An excavator in the surface mining Vereinigtes Schleenhain of the Central German Brown Coal company MIBRAG, south of Leipzig, eastern Germany. APN Photo/Eckehard Schulz.