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 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 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

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First Known Use of coal seam

1756, in the meaning defined above

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“Coal seam.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coal%20seam. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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