This is more than a coal mine, as the title claims. Three human figures look out over an industrial wasteland, that, in the artist's day, may have been appreciated as a sign of progress. The tall smokestacks dominating the image had to be tall to better disperse the toxic exhaust and soot from the coal being burned. Invisible to everyone were the carbon emissions already warming the planet. Much of the land consists of spoil piles of waste rock and ash leaching acid and poison into streams. Cables, bridges, roadcuts, and trains are everywhere.