Hambach surface mine
The Tagebau Hambach is a large open-pit mine (German: Tagebau) in Niederzier and Elsdorf, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. It is operated by RWE and used for mining lignite. Begun in 1978, the mine's operation area currently (as of 2011) has a size of 39 km², with the total area designated for mining having a size of 85 km². It is the deepest open pit mine with respect to sea level: the bottom of the pit is 299 metres (981 ft) below sea level, the deepest man-made point on the Earth's surface.
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- http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/de/1140422/umsiedlung/tagebau-rekultivierung/tagebaue-genehmigte-abbaufelder/tagebau-hambach/ Information on Tagebau Hambach on the RWE website (German)
- "Nordrhein-Westfalen in Zahlen" (PDF; 700 kB) (in German). Bezirksregierung Köln, Abteilung Geobasis NRW. Retrieved 2016-02-05.