How is Coal Mined?

Coal is a sedimentary rock that was originally deposited over 300 million years ago. It is found in layers called seams. Because of their age, these seams are often found deep underground, but earth movements or erosion may bring them close to the surface. There are several different examples of coal mining, including:

  • Drift Mining
  • Open Cast Mining
  • Deep Mining

To learn how the different mines operated, follow the pdf. provided below by the National Coal Mining Museum for England:

How is coal mined

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