coal seam

noun

Definition of coal seam

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

Examples of coal seam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Powder River Basin, which plays host to massive coal seams and some of the world's largest coal mines, lies mainly in Wyoming and in recent years has churned out 40% of the country's product. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Nepal is melting, and Trump wants to mine the moon," 10 Apr. 2020 Beyond the bridge the road twisted past soft cliffs smoking with burning coal seams. New York Times, "‘The Adventurer’s Son,’ by Roman Dial: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 Eventually, this carbon-rich system transformed into the thick coal seams mined around the world today. Deming Wang, National Geographic, "Bizarre fossils reveal Asia’s oldest known forest," 8 Aug. 2019 Founded in 1862 after rich coal seams were discovered in the region, Trinidad was a company town by 1910. Martin J. Smith, Los Angeles Times, "He made this town the world’s ‘sex-change capital,’ but he’s not honored here," 12 Sep. 2019 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. 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

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First Known Use of coal seam

1756, in the meaning defined above

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“Coal seam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coal%20seam. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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