Coal main content.


Part of Hall of Planet Earth.

Coal AMNH/R.Mickens

Exhibition Text

Coal is the most abundant fossil fuel. It forms when dead and decaying plants are buried in swamps and marshes. Over time, as the material is buried, increased temperature and pressure convert it into peat, then lignite, then bituminous coal, and finally, anthracite coal.

Provided by Pittsburgh Research Center,

Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

Keywords: Minerals, Mineralogy, Coal

Audience: General