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In the US, coal mining is a shrinking industry. In 1923, there were about 883,000 coal miners; today there are about 53,000.
Working in coal mines is dangerous — miners have to deal with toxic gases, plus the threat of being crushed, drowned, or injured from fires and explosions.
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Some miners love it. It can be a family tradition, it's exciting, and the pay is usually pretty good. When a mine closes, miners would often rather work in another mine elsewhere than retrain.
Curtis Burton, a 42-year-old coal miner, who spent 17 years working in mines, told Business Insider what the job is like.
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Coal mining is dark, dirty, and dangerous work.
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It's not for everyone — it's for the few who love to descend into the bowels of the Earth to extract "black gold." Even as they face the risk of mines collapsing, or catching on fire,...
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