This is not a plateau. Well, it is now. It’s the remains of a mountain in southwest virginia, Wise County. They blew it up to get the coal out, and they dropped what was left into nearby valleys, destroying entire towns. The kind folks at Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards told us where to find the place, but it turns out these places are everywhere. Over 450 mountains have been completely destroyed since mountain top removal began. I’ll be blogging more about this (with more photos), in the coming weeks.