Coal (fuel source)

How did coal form?

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Answered 2010-03-03 14:49:25

A brown to black combustible rock that originated by accumulation and subsequent physical and chemical alteration of plant material over long periods of time, and that on a moisture-free basis contains no more than 50% mineral matter. The plant debris accumulated in various wet environments, commonly called peatswamps, where dead plants were largely protected from decay by a high water table and oxygen-deficient water. The accumulating spongy, water-saturated, plant-derived organic material known as peat is the precursor of coal. Over time, many changes of the original vegetable matter are brought about by bacteria, fungi, and chemical agents. The process progressively transforms peat into lignite or brown coal, subbituminous coal, bituminous-coal, and anthracite. This progression is known as the coalificationseries. The pressure exerted by the weight of the overlying sedimentand the heat that increases with depth, as well as the length of exposure to them, determine the degree of coalification reached. See also fossil-fuel; kerogen; lignite-1; peat.

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