coal seam

noun

Definition of coal seam

: a bed of coal usually thick enough to be profitably mined

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Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. Wired, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 21 Apr. 2019 Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. Carrie Arnold, WIRED, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 21 Apr. 2019 Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. Carrie Arnold, WIRED, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 21 Apr. 2019 In the late 20th century, state officials approved new strip mining practices that allowed companies to blast away at the summits of West Virginia mountains to gain easier access to coal seams. Keith Schneider, ProPublica, "West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration," 31 July 2019 Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. Carrie Arnold, WIRED, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 21 Apr. 2019 Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. Quanta Magazine, "Heat-Loving Microbes, Once Dormant, Thrive Over Decades-Old Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 The method involves digging vertical pits down into a hillside, until the coal seam is reached. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Divers Start Hunt for 15 Missing in Indian ‘Rathole’ Mine, Weeks After It Flooded," 30 Dec. 2018 After the coal seams were depleted the site was left flattened, carved with dirt roads and stripped of vegetation. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of coal seam

1756, in the meaning defined above

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