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Photo Slideshow: Coal Mining and Wine Making in Australia

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An overview of Australia's Hunter Valley, traditionally known for its vineyards but more recently as a hydrocarbon center.

Burdens of Extraction: The Growing Coal Mining Industry in Australia's Hunter Valley Wine Region

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Farmers and small town residents grapple with the pressures of…

Photo Slideshow: Australia's Coal and Gas Boom Boosted By Asian Demand

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Massive hydrocarbon production has created worries over water use and pollution as the "Down Under" nation rises to the top of global exporters.
A coal loader eats away at a mountain of black coal at the Port of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. In 2011, the mines, trains, and coal loading terminals here shipped about 114 million metric tons of coal on about 1,000 freighters, bringing billions of dollars in export earnings.

Global Energy Demand Driving Australia's Coal and Gas Export Boom

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International demand and new technologies push nation to the top for hydrocarbon exports. But massive production has also created worries over water.