Coal

Virtual Museum ID: 19-OM11

Specimen Summary


Coal is a kind of sedimentary rock made almost entirely of carbon, formed as decaying plants are buried and gradually transformed to rock over time. Variable amounts of other elements, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur, are also present in coal. At first, the decaying organic matter forms peat, then lignite and eventually, after millions of years, coal. If heating and compaction continue, or the coal is subjected to high temperatures and pressures, anthracite will ultimately form. Coal is usually found as long thin beds, called seams, which are either mined underground or in large open pits.

Specimen Data

 

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Collection Details

Original Collection:

Oliver & District Heritage Society Museum (OM)

Sub Collection:

-

Collection ID:

OM_11

Virtual Museum ID:

19-OM11

Accessibility:

Date Added to VM:

2019-06-06

Location Information

Sample Origin:

unknown

Specific Site:

-

UTM Easting:

313914

UTM Northing:

5450947

Datum:

11 (NAD83)

Coordinate Accuracy:

Approximate

Specimen Details

VM Category:

Rock

Primary Features:

Coal

Primary Mineral Formula:

C

Primary Category:

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Advanced Geological Information

 

The following section provides geological data relating to the specimen or the site it was collected from, when available. Information has been obtained from various sources including private and government datasets but may not be up to date. Any geological time periods or ages listed often relate to the primary geology of the area, and may not be the actual date of an event such as mineral formation.

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