Anthracite Coal

Image shows a sample of anthracite coal on a rock backdrop

Detailed Description

This is anthracite, the highest rank of coal. It is a hard, brittle, and black lustrous coal, often referred to as hard coal, containing a high percentage of fixed carbon and a low percentage of volatile matter. Anthracite is not as commonly mined as other ranks of coal. It played a significant role in Pennsylvania coal during the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Learn more about our coal research here:


Image Dimensions: 3008 x 2000

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Location Taken: US