The cemetery has been relocated, the houses abandoned, and the main street is deserted. The tiny western German ghost town of
is making room for the hungry excavators of one of the country’s biggest coal mines. In this rural area wedged between the Ruhr metropolitan area and the Dutch border, Immerath and nearby towns will soon be wiped off the map to allow energy giant RWE to enlarge its huge open-pit lignite mine of Garzweiler.
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