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This Is How Big The Shenhua Mine Is Compared To Cities Around The World

The disturbance area of the open cut coal mine in NSW farmland is 14 times the size of the City of London.

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The federal government has approved a huge mine in the rich agricultural area of the Liverpool Plains in northwest NSW.

Farmers are furious that the Chinese-owned open cut coal mine will go ahead, and it has caused a rift in the Liberal Party, with agricultural minister Barnaby Joyce vocal about his disapproval.
Department of Environment

Farmers are furious that the Chinese-owned open cut coal mine will go ahead, and it has caused a rift in the Liberal Party, with agricultural minister Barnaby Joyce vocal about his disapproval.

The coal mine will blow a hole in 4084 hectares of land, including 800 hectares of endangered ecological communities.

We've superimposed the map of the mine onto global cities (to scale) to get an idea of its size. The yellow is the disturbance area and the grey is the exploration area of the mine.
Department of Environment

We've superimposed the map of the mine onto global cities (to scale) to get an idea of its size. The yellow is the disturbance area and the grey is the exploration area of the mine.

More than half the size of Hobart

The City of Hobart is 7,790 hectares.
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The City of Hobart is 7,790 hectares.

1/22 the size of Berlin

The city of Berlin is 89,200 hectares.
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The city of Berlin is 89,200 hectares.

1.5 times the size of the City of Sydney

The land area of the City of Sydney is 2670 hectares. The mine is two thirds the size of Sydney Harbour.
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The land area of the City of Sydney is 2670 hectares. The mine is two thirds the size of Sydney Harbour.

Nearly half the size of Manhattan

The borough of Manhattan in New York City is 8,700 hectares.
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The borough of Manhattan in New York City is 8,700 hectares.

1.1 times the size of the City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is 3735 hectares.
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The City of Melbourne is 3735 hectares.

14 times the size of the City of London

Otherwise known as the Square Mile, the City of London is 290 hectares.
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Otherwise known as the Square Mile, the City of London is 290 hectares.

Twice the size of Nauru.

The pacific island nation of Nauru is 2,100 hectares in size.
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The pacific island nation of Nauru is 2,100 hectares in size.

Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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Anna Mendoza is a photo editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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