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(June 18-22, 2008)

Roberto Gómez Torres

The North Sierra - Lajajalpan River

Wim Gombeer

Slag Heap Beringen-Mijn

Beringen-Mijn, Limburg, Belgium

June 18 2008 11:30 AM

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Standing on top (100m) of the slag heap (in Flemish: "terril" or "tris") of Beringen you can enjoy this 360° view of the province Limburg (East) and parts of the Provinces Antwerp (West) and Brabant (South-West). These "mountains" are the remains of the coal mining industry that gave economic & social life shape in Limburg. You can see the other mines and heaps in the panorama to the East (Heusden-Zolder, Houthalen, Winterslag, Waterschei & Zwartberg). The Beringen coalmine started production quite late in 1922 due to engineering problems (water breaking in); On October 28, 1989 it closed its doors after a total production of 79.332.000 tons !! . The remaining slag heaps and mining buildings are still very obvious around the city.The mining museum (an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage) is one of Beringen’s main attractions, retracing the industrial history of the region.

Europe / Belgium

Lat: 51° 4' 21.12" N
Long: 5° 14' 5.95" E

Elevation: 100m

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