Top 63 Coal Mine Quotes & Sayings (2022)

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After all, game shows are not like working in a coal mine. — Drew Carey

Kids don't have a little brother working in the coal mine, they don't have a little sister coughing her lungs out in the looms of the big mill towns of the Northeast. Why? Because we organized; we broke the back of the sweatshops in this country; we have child labor laws. Those were not benevolent gifts from enlightened management. They were fought for, they were bled for, they were died for by working people, by people like us. Kids ought to know that. That's why I sing these songs. That's why I tell these stories, dammit. No root, no fruit! — Utah Phillips

In the right situation, acting on television can be extraordinarily satisfying creatively. But that's incredibly rare. Otherwise, it can be like working in a really remunerative coal mine. That's the down side. — Bradley Whitford

I had suddenly become aware of my hands, which meant only one thing: It was time to say my farewells and make a graceful
or at least dignified
Dogger had once told me, 'Your hands know when it's time to go.'
And he had been right. The hands are the canaries in one's own personal coal mine: They need to be watched carefully and obeyed. A fidget demands attention, and a full-blown not-knowing-what-to-do-with-them means 'Vamoose! — Alan Bradley

Writing is hard ... Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig. — Cheryl Strayed

Here in Indiana and in many states throughout the union, we rely on coal to power our homes and provide good-paying middle class jobs - like the one my family relied on when I was a kid. The coal mine helped put food on our table and helped me pursue an education and realize the American Dream. — Larry Bucshon

I do a job and am lucky enough to do a job that I love, but it is a hard one. I'm not saying it is as hard as working in a coal mine, but it is still difficult in a different way. Sometimes you have to go through very strong emotional journeys and then come back to yourself. And that can be difficult to control. — Javier Bardem

There were eruptions against the convict labor system in the South, in which prisoners were leased in slave labor to corporations, used thus to depress the general level of wages and also to break strikes. In the year 1891, miners of the Tennessee Coal Mine Company were asked to sign an "iron-clad contract": pledging no strikes, agreeing to get paid in scrip, and giving up the right to check the weight of the coal they mined (they were paid by the weight). They refused to sign and were evicted from their houses. Convicts were brought in to replace them. — Howard Zinn

You know, when something like, even like a coal mine disaster, or something like this, you think that well everybody's going to make a run to be able to get out, but it happened to fast that they were just all dead. — Richard Grimes

Would you rather see a super soldier battling Nazis or something more serious? Or lesbians down a coal mine? Generally, the films are engaging in the same way as the comics are. It's no coincidence that the biggest movies are genre-related, whether it's Lord of the Rings or comic books. — Mark Millar

In Marin County, north of San Francisco, the search for a safe haven resulted in a new apartment complex - the first, and only, such government-sponsored project aimed at MCS. — Peter Radetsky

At times you feel like you're the only voice speaking out to improve the working conditions of people, whether it's to be able to collectively bargain, to get adequate pay, to know that you can come home safe out of a coal mine. — Hilda Solis


Don't save the canary. Fix the coal mine. — Seth Godin

Nightlife is not for sissies, except of course for career sissies; an evening out requires at least a full day of minute preparation ... People move to New York to invent themselves, and nightclubs provide a runway for the results. It's easy to spend twenty hours per day slaving in a Pennsylvania coal mine or threshing some Nebraska oat crop; going out in New York is work. — Paul Rudnick

Remember, baby, don't never let a man mine you for your riches. Don't let him take a pickax to that treasure in your soul. Remember, they can't get it until you give it to them. They might lie and try to trick you out of it, baby, and they'll try. They might lay a hand on you, or worse, they might break your spirit, but the only way they can get it is to convince you it's not yours to start with. To convince you there's nothing there but a lump of coal. — Cynthia Bond

You can't mine coal without machine guns. — Richard B. Mellon

Like the canary in the coal mine, the climate changes already evident in the Arctic are a call to action. — Susan Collins

They are closing the mine in two weeks, they say. Six days a week bumping down in the gondola, pecking out the rocks and hauling them back up, doing it again the next day for twenty-seven years, one cave-in, three thin raises, and a failed strike. Where am I going to go every day, what am I going to do with all that sunshine? — Lou Beach

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A life without once reading Hamlet is like a life spent in a coal mine. — Hector Berlioz

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The average life expectancy of a celebrity is 20 years less than someone working in a coal mine. — Moby

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The print was an old one made from a negative taken in the 1960's of her parents in Sydney Mines, dancing with thrilled, excited expressions on their faces, in front of a classic car that had been a wedding gift at the time. Her mother's hair, red back then, was held back by a blue handkerchief, and she was dressed in a billowing skirt and white blouse. Her father's denim jeans and faded t-shirt were streaked with coal dust as he held her hands and spun her around in the front yard of their old clapboard house, yellow grass under their feet and a cobalt-blue sky with white clouds drifting above. Mandy could almost feel the late summer breeze as she gazed deeply into the print, watching the flamboyant colors come to life. She hung it up to dry on two wooden clothespins hanging from a string above her. — Rebecca McNutt

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I have visited sweatshops, factories, and crowded slums. If I could not see it, I could smell it. The foundation of society is laid upon a basis of ... individualism, conquest and exploitation ... A social order such as this, built upon such wrong and basic principles, is bound to retard the development of all. The output of a cotton mill or a coal mine is considered of greater importance than the production of healthy, happy-hearted and free human beings. We, the people, are not free. Our democracy is but a name. — Helen Keller

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You keep doin' what you doin' and the white man don't got to do it no more. He ain't got to sell you or put you in a coal mine to own you. He'll own you just as is, and he'll say you the one who did it. He'll say it's your fault. — Yaa Gyasi

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The men who mine coal and fire furnaces and balance ledgers and turn lathes and pick cotton and heal the sick and plant corn - all serve as proudly, and as profitably, for America as the statesmen who draft treaties and the legislators who enact laws. — George Washington

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The way we view fiction is a reflection of how we define ourselves as a nation. Works of the imagination are canaries in the coal mine, the measure by which we can evaluate the health of the rest of society. — Azar Nafisi

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I watch his hands, his beautiful, capable fingers. Scarred, as mine were before the Capitol erased all marks from my skin, but strong and deft. Hands that have the power to mine coal but the precision to set a delicate snare. Hands I trust. — Suzanne Collins

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There is, as every schoolboy knows in this scientific age, a very close chemical relation between coal and diamonds. It is the reason, I believe, why some people allude to coal as "black diamonds." Both these commodities represent wealth; but coal is a much less portable form of property. There is, from that point of view, a deplorable lack of concentration in coal. Now, if a coal-mine could be put into one's waistcoat pocket - but it can't! At the same time, there is a fascination in coal, the supreme commodity of the age in which we are camped like bewildered travellers in a garish, unrestful hotel. — Joseph Conrad

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At least three times a week, I am overwhelmed with a wave of gratitude to New York City for providing me with a life. Not that my life is so great, although I think it's pretty nifty: I don't mine coal; I get paid to write. — David Rakoff

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Is a park any better than a coal mine? What's a mountain got that a slag pile hasn't? What would you rather have in your garden
an almond tree or an oil well? — Jean Giraudoux

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If all currencies are moving up or down together, the question is: relative to what? Gold is the canary in the coal mine. It signals problems with respect to currency markets. Central banks should pay attention to it. — Alan Greenspan

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Measles is probably the best argument for why there needs to be global health, and why we have to think about it as a global public good. Because in a sense, measles is the canary in the coal mine for immunization. It is, you know, highly transmissible. The vaccine costs 15 cents, so it's not - you know, shouldn't be an issue in terms of cost. — Seth Berkley

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Imagine anybody having lived forty-five or fifty years without knowing Hamlet! One might as well spend one's life in a coal mine. — Hector Berlioz

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fresh air down inta the mine. When the doors throughout the mine are shut, the air be trapped an' forced inta the side chutes an' minin' chambers. That's why ya be called trappers. Yur job is ta open the doors when a coal car approaches, then shut 'em agin." "Oh." David knew — Gerald N. Lund

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I don't have any great first job tales: I've never worked on a tramp steamer or in a coal mine or anything like that. I think the inspiration for my writing came largely from my father and the joy that life in books represented to me. — Mary Gordon

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American Casualties on the USS Maine

Two hundred & Sixty Six American sailors were killed when the American battleship, USS Maine, exploded and sank in Havana harbor after a massive explosion of undetermined origin. The first Board of Inquiry regarding the incident stated that a mine placed on or near the hull had sunk the ship. Later studies determined that it was more likely heat from smoldering coal in the ship's bunker that set off the explosion in an adjoining ammunition locker.

In February 1898, the recovered bodies of the American sailors who died on the battleship were interred in the Colon Cemetery, in Havana. Nearly two years later they were exhumed and now 163 of the crew that were killed in 1898 are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, near the USS Maine Memorial.

The beautiful monument shown is located in Central Park West in New York City. — Hank Bracker

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How humid the heart, its messy rooms! We eat spicy food, sweat like wood and smolder like the coal mine that caught fire decades ago, yet still smokes more than my great-uncle who will not quit- or go out- — Kevin Young

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He was just thinking aloud, ruling out possibilities by releasing them into the air, like canaries in the coal mine of his mind. — John Connolly

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In Capricornia there is a particular regional particularity and that is the Adani mine. We know that Adani, the massive Indian coal company, wants to develop the Carmichael mine.And people in Rockhampton know that and they know that the Greens are doing everything they possibly can to prevent the development of the Adani mine. — George Brandis

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When we first invested in Colombia, we were buying a lot of coal from Colombia. We were dealing with them daily. I knew their guys at the port, I knew their guys at the mine, I had a feel of the country. — Ivan Glasenberg

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Some types of environmental restoration projects are well-known; restored wetlands, for instance, or coal mine reclamation projects. Recently though, larger dam removal projects have started, a number of them in Washington state. — Matt Gonzalez

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That said, I'm embarrassed and furious that so many coal-state Democrats in the U.S. Senate are paralyzing international progress to protect the short term interests of a dying industry that ravages the environment from mine to slag heap. — Denis Hayes

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Tie your heart at night to mine, love,
and both will defeat the darkness
like twin drums beating in the forest
against the heavy wall of wet leaves.
Night crossing: black coal of dream
that cuts the thread of earthly orbs
with the punctuality of a headlong train
that pulls cold stone and shadow endlessly.
Love, because of it, tie me to a purer movement,
to the grip on life that beats in your breast,
with the wings of a submerged swan,
So that our dream might reply
to the sky's questioning stars
with one key, one door closed to shadow. — Pablo Neruda

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Working in a prison, is, to my mind, similar in ways to working in a coal mine. It's going to scare away a lot of people. — Jennifer Haigh

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Social media is the ultimate canary in the coal mineJay Baer

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Teenagers, especially girl ones, seem like the perfect canary-in-the-coal-mine characters to me. They capture American culture and its perversion, its hypocrisy - how absorbed we are with youth and beauty and sexualized imagery, for instance, while preaching abstinence and modesty. — Antonya Nelson

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Geoff Muldaur was and is one of my musical heroes. When I listen to him sing and play, I can hear the coal mine, the cotton field, and last, but certainly foremost, the boy's boarding school. — Loudon Wainwright III

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Try as you might, you'll never be able to please an environmentalist. You can stop using coal to heat your house, you can stop throwing out bottles and cans, you can have every factory in Canada shut down and you can buy only organic gluten-free non-GMO food, you can give up your favorite station wagon for a weird electric hybrid, you can stop developing film and buy a never-ending cycle of digital cameras, you can give up your job at a refinery or mill, and they'll still get after you for not enjoying yourself while doing so. — Rebecca McNutt

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Today, the ideal male is the gay man and the ideal female is the worker female, the woman who can work in a coal mine just like all the other men. — Camille Paglia

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Being in a Chinese coal mine for 30 years is like an epic novel. It's tragic. — Evan Osnos

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We're not saying that you don't need coal, but when you do mine the coal there are responsibilities to it. It may cost a little more, but it is the right thing to do. — Kevin Richardson

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The canary bird in the coal mine theory of the arts: artists should be treasured as alarm systems. — Kurt Vonnegut

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If there were to be a Labor-Greens government, that would be the end of the Adani mine, that would be the end of coal mining in central Queensland, and that would be the end of their best shot at economic prosperity in the future. — George Brandis

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Good thing we weren't here when this happened," Fred added. "We'd be pancakes - DEAD ones! — Jo Ann Yhard

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Marriage is like working in a coal mine. You hack away in the dark, day after day, busting rock, and you think you're not getting anywhere, and then all of a sudden, this little sliver of sunlight appears and you say to yourself, oh, that's what I've been waiting for
just a little light, just a little bit of hope
a sign, maybe, that will get me through. And ... it does. — Adriana Trigiani

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No company can be expected to build a nuclear reactor, an oil well, a coal mine, or anything else that's one hundred percent safe under all circumstances. The costs would be prohibitive. It's unreasonable to expect corporations to totally guard against small chances of every potential accident. — Robert Reich

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Likewise, civilizations have throughout history marched blindly toward disaster, because humans are wired to believe that tomorrow will be much like today - it is unnatural for us to think that this way of life, this present moment, this order of things is not stable and permanent. Across the world today, our actions testify to our belief that we can go on like this forever, burning oil, poisoning the seas, killing off other species, pumping carbon into the air, ignoring the ominous silence of our coal mine canaries in favor of the unending robotic tweets of our new digital imaginarium. Yet the reality of global climate change is going to keep intruding on our fantasies of perpetual growth, permanent innovation and endless energy, just as the reality of mortality shocks our casual faith in permanence. — Roy Scranton

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There are times when the heart, like the canary in the coal mine, breathes in the world's toxicity and begins to die. — Parker J. Palmer

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Writing is to descend like a miner to the depths of the mine with a lamp on your forehead, a light whose dubious brightness falsifies everything, whose wick is in permanent danger of explosion, whose blinking illumination in the coal dust exhausts and corrodes your eyes. — Blaise Cendrars

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All things are moral; and in their boundless changes have an unceasing reference to spiritual nature. Therefore is nature glorious with form, color, and motion, that every globe in the remotest heaven; every chemical change from the rudest crystal up to the laws of life; every change of vegetation from the first principle of growth in the eye of a leaf, to the tropical forest and antediluvian coal-mine; every animal function from the sponge up to Hercules, shall hint or thunder to man the laws of right and wrong, and echo the Ten Commandments. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Well, I'll tell you, one of things I'm proud of is for someone from Southern California, who didn't grow up around coal mines, I learned a lot that tragic day we lost twenty-nine miners at Upper Big Branch coal mine. — Hilda Solis

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When the President is making it harder to mine coal, to use coal, to take advantage of our gas resources, to make it harder to get our oil resources - all those things combine to make our cost of energy higher than it needs to be, and it drives away enterprises from this country. It sends it to places that have lower-cost energy. — Mitt Romney

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The end of coal in Appalachia doesn't mean that America is running out of coal (there's plenty left in Wyoming). But it should end the fantasy that coal can be an engine of job creation - the big open pit mines in Wyoming employ a tiny fraction of the number of people in an underground mine in Appalachia. — Jeff Goodell


What was life like in the coal mine? ›

Coal mines were dangerous for all workers. Collapsing mines, suffocation, gas poisoning, explosions, and heavy machinery accidents were daily dangers. Before electricity, men often worked standing in water, swinging their sharp pick axes and shoveling coal in the flickering light of their gas headlamps.

When was coal mining most popular? ›

Coal-mining employment increased rapidly in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and peaked in 1923 at 798,000. Since then, the number of miners has fallen considerably since, due to mechanization. By 2019 it had fallen below 55,000.

What is the importance of coal mining? ›

Coal mines are an especially important source of employment in rural economies throughout America. Coal generated $26 billion in sales and paid $13 billion in direct wages and salaries according to a 2017 analysis by the National Mining Association.

What was the life expectancy of a coal miner? ›

The average life expectancy in the coal mines for those starting work at 15 y was found to be 58.91 y and 49.23 y for surface and underground workers respectively. In the coloured/metal mines they were 60.24 y and 56.55 y respectively.

How many hours a day did coal miners work? ›

Down in a coal mine, there's no such thing as a "nine to five." Miners usually work shifts, and they can be on for 10 days in a row. Some head down before sunrise and return anywhere from seven to 12 hours later.

When was mining most popular? ›

Mining in the United States has been active since the beginning of colonial times, but became a major industry in the 19th century with a number of new mineral discoveries causing a series of mining rushes.

What is the top of a coal mine called? ›

The bank, pit bank or pit brow is the area at the top of the shaft. A banksman, banker, hillman or browman works at the pit bank to dispatch the coals, and organise the workforce.

What is the biggest coal mine in the world? ›

The largest coal mine in the world by reserves is the North Antelope Rochelle coal mine in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, US. The mine was estimated to contain more than 1.7 billion tonnes of recoverable coal as of December 2018.

What are the 5 uses of coal? ›

Coal also has a myriad of other uses, including in cement production, carbon fibers and foams, medicines, tars, synthetic petroleum-based fuels, and home and commercial heating.

Who first discovered coal? ›

Coal was one of man's earliest sources of heat and light. The Chinese were known to have used it more than 3,000 years ago. The first recorded discovery of coal in this country was by French explorers on the Illinois River in 1679, and the earliest recorded commercial mining occurred near Richmond, Virginia, in 1748.

What is a fun fact about coal? ›

The United States has more coal than any other fossil fuel resource. Coal is the second most consumed fossil fuel in the world, behind petroleum, (which includes liquids from biomass, crude oil, coal, and natural gas). Coal is formed from plant matter that decayed in swamps and bogs millions of years ago.

Is black or brown coal better? ›

The term 'black coal' is used in Australia to refer to anthracite, as well as bituminous and sub-bituminous coals. Brown coal is also called lignite; it contains less carbon and so has less chemical potential energy than black coal and has more moisture in it.

Which country is rich in coal? ›

China mines almost half the world's coal, followed by India with about a tenth. Australia accounts for about a third of world coal exports, followed by Indonesia and Russia. Coal is largely held in the Earth in areas that it needs to be mined from, and is generally present in coal seams.

Do miners still get black lung? ›

Today, not only do coal miners still suffer from this lethal but preventable lung disease, they do so at younger ages, some even in their thirties, and they are contracting the most advanced form of black lung at the highest rates ever recorded.

Did miners sleep in the mines? ›

Inside, miners might have found a line of bunks, often three high, along the sides. Bedding was not included. Many were glad to remain on board the vessel which brought them. Housing was even worse in the diggings.

How much coal can a man shovel in a day? ›

He determined the men moved about 20 tons of coal per day with scoops that weighed 38 pounds each. Then Taylor adjusted the shovels to hold only about 34 pounds.
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What was the biggest problem facing coal miners? ›

A system to drain water from the mine. A system to ventilate the mine and to provide fresh air to the miners. A special problem in coal mines was the methane (a gas) that sometimes accompanied coal, and which could--and too often did--catch fire and explode.

Do coal miners get paid well? ›

How much does a Coal Miner make? The average Coal Miner in the US makes $58,147. Coal Miners make the most in San Francisco, CA at $87,198, averaging total compensation 50% greater than the US average.

Do miners make good money? ›

The average underground miner salary in the USA is $44,850 per year or $23 per hour. Entry level positions start at $39,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to $64,188 per year.

Which is the oldest coal mine in world? ›

The Ngwenya Mine is located on Bomvu Ridge, northwest of Mbabane and near the northwestern border of Eswatini (Swaziland). This mine is considered to be the world's oldest.

Which is the oldest mine in the world? ›

Ngwenya Mine is situated on the north-western border of Swaziland. Its iron ore deposits constitute one of the oldest geological formations in the world, and also have the distinction of being the site of the world's earliest mining activity.

Who were the first miners? ›

The Egyptians and Sumerians smelted gold and silver from ore 6,000 years ago. As a result, these metals began to have a value that was transferable between people and between cultures. Approximately 5,500 years ago in this history of mining, came the discovery of tin.

What is the leader of a mine called? ›

Manager - The official in charge of a mine, surface and underground. Medium-Volatile Bituminous Coal - A non-binding bituminous coal with 69-78% fixed carbon and 22-31% volatile matter.

What do you call someone who owns a mine? ›

Definition of mineowner

: a whole or part owner of a mine.

What are miners called? ›

In this page you can discover 24 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for miner, like: driller, prospector, excavator, digger, forty-niner, dredger, docker, mineworker, desert-rat, sourdough and laborer.

Where is the cleanest coal in the world? ›

Anthracite is found on the east coast in the US, South Africa, Australia, Western Canada, China and Russia. Two-thirds of Russia's coal reserves are anthracite. Because of its efficiency and thus less carbon and sulphur usage per watt of power, anthracite is also the 'cleanest' coal in the world.

What is the deepest coal mine in the United States? ›

The Black Thunder Coal Mine is a surface coal mine in the U.S. state of Wyoming, located in the Powder River Basin which contains one of the largest deposits of coal in the world.

Which country has the most coal mines? ›

China is the largest coal-producing country in the world, with production reaching 3,942 million tonnes, a 2.5% growth. The country's coal mine production is expected to remain flat, at a CAGR of just 1.1% between 2021 and 2025, to reach 4.1 billion tonnes in 2025.

What are the 6 types of coal? ›

There are six main types of coal that are regularly used by humans:
  • Peat. Peat is formed from decaying vegetation, and is considered to be the precursor of coal. ...
  • Lignite. Lignite is formed from compressed peat, and is often referred to as brown coal. ...
  • Bituminous/Sub Bituminous Coal. ...
  • Steam Coal. ...
  • Anthracite. ...
  • Graphite.

What are 4 types of coal? ›

Coal is classified into four main types, or ranks: anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, and lignite. The ranking depends on the types and amounts of carbon the coal contains and on the amount of heat energy the coal can produce.

What is coal energy called? ›

Coal burnt as a solid fuel in coal power stations to generate electricity is called thermal coal. Coal is also used to produce very high temperatures through combustion.

Did Native Americans burn coal? ›

History of Coal in America

Native Americans used coal long before the first settlers arrived in the New World. Hopi Indians used coal to bake the pottery they made from clay. European settlers discovered coal in North America during the first half of the 1600s. They used very little coal at first.

What is the story of coal? ›


As the plants died, they sank to the bottom of the swamps. Over the years, thick layers of plants were covered by dirt and water. They were packed down by the weight. After a long time, the heat and pressure changed the plants into coal.

Which state has the most coal? ›

Wyoming, the largest coal-producing state in the United States, produced 41% of total U.S. coal production and 71% of the coal mined in the Western coal region.

What is the future of coal? ›

The future of coal probably won't be a repeat of 2021

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects 22% growth in electricity generation from coal this year compared to 2020, partially due to coal's stable prices and the high cost of natural gas.

What's interesting about mining? ›

Gold and copper were the first minerals discovered around 5,000 BC. The world's largest mining machine, a mover, stands 311 feet tall and 705 feet long. It weighs over 45,500 tons and cost $100 million to build. Every American uses an average of 40,000 pounds of new minerals each year.

Who burns the most coal? ›

10 Countries with the Highest Total Coal Consumption in the World (million cubic feet)
  • China — 4,320 trillion MMcf.
  • India — 966 trillion MMcf.
  • United States — 731 trillion MMcf.
  • Germany — 257 trillion MMcf.
  • Russia — 230 trillion MMcf.
  • Japan — 210 trillion MMcf.
  • South Africa — 202 trillion MMcf.
  • South Korea — 157 trillion MMcf.

What state burns the most coal? ›

Coal energy consumption in the United States 2020, by state

Texas is the largest coal consuming state in the U.S., with an annual consumption of roughly 873 trillion British thermal units of energy derived from this source in 2020.

Which country uses the least coal? ›

A geothermal power plant in Iceland. Iceland is the country least dependent on fossil fuels in the world.

What is the best coal? ›

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.

Where is the best coal? ›

Major reserves

Geologically, the largest most concentrated anthracite deposit in the world is found in the Lackawanna Coal Mine in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States in and around Scranton, Pennsylvania.

What is the largest coal reserve in the world? ›

The United States is the country with the world's largest proven coal reserves. As of 2020, coal reserves in the country amounted to nearly 248.9 billion metric tons. Russia ranked second, having proved coal reserves of 162.2 billion metric tons.

How much coal is left in the US? ›

As of January 1, 2021, we estimated that the remaining U.S. recoverable coal reserves totaled 252 billion short tons out of a DRB of 472 billion short tons. Recoverable coal reserves at producing mines represent the quantity of coal that can be recovered (that is, mined) from existing coal reserves at producing mines.

Which country has the most coal 2022? ›

Global operational coal-fired power stations by country 2022. China has the greatest number of coal-fired power stations of any country or territory in the world. As of 2022, there were 1,110 operational coal power plants on the Chinese Mainland.

What did children do in the coal mines? ›

In coal mines, children would crawl through tunnels too narrow and low for adults. They also worked as errand boys, crossing sweepers, shoe blacks, or selling matches, flowers, and other cheap goods.

Did miners sleep in the mines? ›

Inside, miners might have found a line of bunks, often three high, along the sides. Bedding was not included. Many were glad to remain on board the vessel which brought them. Housing was even worse in the diggings.

What is it like working in the mines? ›

The work will be very repetitive and routine based with long 12-hour days, so you really need to be mentally prepared, as well as physically. o Some mines will have a very high turnover of workers. This is because many people go to work on the mines not knowing what to expect.

What dangers did early coal miners face? ›

Some miners were injured in explosions or electrocuted. Others fell off ladders, slipped on rocks, inhaled silica dust, or suffered from mercury, lead or arsenic poisoning. Many got sick from drinking dirty water and living too close together.

What did coal miners eat? ›

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Coal miner's dinner, pinto beans, coleslaw, fried potatoes and cornbread.

How much did children get paid in the mines? ›

Children in the mills usually worked eleven or twelve hour days, 5-6 days a week. Windows were usually kept closed because moisture and heat helped keep the cotton from breaking. Crushed and broken fingers were common in the coal mines. Most children working here were boys earning $0.50-$0.60 a day.

How much did Coal miners get paid in the 1800s? ›

Even miners who had been on the job for years rarely made more than a few dollars each week — one 1902 account claimed a daily salary of $1.60 for a ten-hour shift. Today, that would be about $4.50 an hour.

How old are coal mine children? ›

Most children started work underground when they were around eight years old, but some were as young as five. They would work the same hours as adults, sometimes longer, at jobs that paid far less.

What is a putter in coal mines? ›

A drawer, putter (Northumberland), hurrier (Yorkshire), or waggoner is a person, usually a boy or young man who pushes tubs of coal from the coal face to the pit eye. Before 1842 women did this type of work in some coalfields.

How much did Coal miners get paid in the 1930s? ›

Daily rates of pay for inside and outside employees, including contract miners and laborers, went up to 35 cents a day on the effective date of the agreement. Machine and mechanical miners received an additional 60 cents a day.

How many hours do miners work a day? ›

“The commonly accepted shift length for coal mine workers is nominally 12 hours.”

Do miners make good money? ›

Salary Ranges for Coal Miners

The salaries of Coal Miners in the US range from $11,105 to $294,800 , with a median salary of $53,905 . The middle 57% of Coal Miners makes between $53,905 and $133,947, with the top 86% making $294,800.

Is mining a hard job? ›

Most mining activities run over a period of 10-14 days and 10-12 hour shifts. There will be days off which will vary depending on your roster but there is no sugarcoating it, mining is hard work and takes commitment.

What is a miner's hat called? ›

It consists of a white material (linen) and served in the Middle Ages to protect the miner when descending below ground (unter Tage). Later it was replaced by the miner's hat (Fahrhut or Schachthut), from which the leather cap or helmet were developed and subsequently today's mining helmets.

What is a miners light called? ›

The Davy lamp is a safety lamp for use in flammable atmospheres, invented in 1815 by Sir Humphry Davy. It consists of a wick lamp with the flame enclosed inside a mesh screen.

Where is the largest coal mine in the United States? ›

The Black Thunder Coal Mine is a surface coal mine in the U.S. state of Wyoming, located in the Powder River Basin which contains one of the largest deposits of coal in the world.

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Coal mine safety is a broad term referring to the practice of controlling and managing a wide range of hazards associated with the life cycle of coal mining-related activities.. While the fundamental principle of mine safety is to remove health and safety risks to mine workers, mining safety practice may also focus on the reduction of risks to plant (machinery) together with the structure and caretaking of the mine.. Mine safe Gear up safely It is not a child’s play Safety is a priority Safety saves No accident zone Don’t be prone to disaster Every life matters Safety is the only concern here Watch out for yourself. Coal mining deep underground involves a higher safety risk than coal mined in opencast pits, due primarily to problems associated with mine ventilation and the potential for mine collapse.. However, there are safety risks associated with all forms of coal mining, not least because of the heavy machinery utilized in coal excavation.. Modern coal mines have rigorous safety procedures, health and safety standards and worker education and training, which have led to significant improvements in safety levels in both underground and opencast mining.. All miners should know the coal mining safety measures.. Evacuate coal mines through the safety exits.. We look after your safety to work in mines safely.. Set an example yourself in coal mining safety.. Safety lights for the safety of the miners.. Safe coal miners, happy coal miners.. In coal mining, safety comes first.

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