20 Surprising facts about coal

20 Surprising facts about coal

  1. Coal is nothing more than ancient wood which has been under pressure for millions of years.
  1. Coal is the cheapest source of energy. It is by far cheaper than nuclear, natural gas and oil.
  1. Coal is a combustible rock formed from the remains of trees, ferns and other plants that existed during the time of the dinosaurs.
  1. Coal is the least expensive of all the fossil-fuel sources for its energy content.
  1. Coal mining has been the heart of America since the rise of the Industrial Revolution, beginning in the 18th century and continuing through the 1950s.
  1. Coal can be mined and burned with little environmental impact.
  1. Governmental authorities have shown tremendous response by showing environmental responsibility about mining coal and burning coal.
  1. Coal-fired power plants have been a reliable source of energy for many decades as they are affordable and accessible.
  1. Perception: Mining is the most dangerous occupation in America whereas in reality working in a coal mine is safer than working on a farm, factory or even at a retail outlet.
  1. Based on current production levels and proven reserves, coal should outlast both gas supply and oil reserves by 3 times.
  1. Coal tar and coal is used in perfume production. Used as fixatives, they allow perfumes to evaporate slowly and emit a smell for longer. There’s not just one chemical or item used to create that great scent, rather it takes a village to build an “eau de toilette.”
  1. Golf balls utilize coal ash, which is a byproduct of coal combustion, as a low-cost filler.
  1. The very first hair dye was created in 1856 by English chemist William Perkin using coal tar chemicals. The dye was called “mauve” and has been used ever since to create a pale purple color.
  1. Baking soda can be combined with powdered coal and made into baking powder.
  1. Coal is one of the main ingredients in one of the strongest and most important building materials in the world – that is steel.
  1. In a process called gasification, carbon dioxide and hydrogen in coal is converted to produce urea and ammonia for fertilizer.
  1. Coal’s contribution leads to an increase in workability and reduces water demand in fresh concrete.
  1. Coal provides more than half of the electricity in the United States and more than one quarter of its global reserves sits under American soil.
  1. Coal is used for manufacturing synthetic rubber, fiber, insecticides, paints, medicines and solvents.
  1. Coal immediately stands on its own as a worthy subject, not just a way to capitalize on a trend.

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