Pic of the Week: Early Morning at the Coal Mine

Strip mining machinery at the Maritsa Iztok opencast coal mine in southeastern Bulgaria

Machinery in the Maritsa Iztok coal mine, seen through the morning mist
Machinery in the Maritsa Iztok coal mine, seen through the morning mist

The Maritsa Iztok mining complex supplies brown coal to the three thermal power plants in the vicinity (Maritsa Iztok 1 – 3). The burning of brown coal in such huge amounts is also the reason that the air in the region is highly polluted; Stara Zagora, some 35 kilometers to the northwest, has the highest rate of lung diseases in Bulgaria.

On the day I took that picture my main goal was to shoot for a documentary project in the nearby town of Kovachevo. But passing by the coal mine I could not resist shooting the machinery that looked like a gigantic steel dinosaur.

See more images of Maritsa Iztok on my website .

(Image Copyright Johann Brandstätter/ JB Photography, no image may be used in any way without express permission. Please contact me for licensing)

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