coal·​field | \ ˈkōl-ˌfēld How to pronounce coalfield (audio) \

Definition of coalfield

: a region rich in coal deposits

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John was a geologist with the Geological Survey of India; his first assignment, which took him to India in 1927, was to field-map the Bengal coalfields and, from there, the underlying geological structure of the entire subcontinent. Neel Mukherjee, WSJ, "‘The Last Englishmen’ Review: India, Everest and Empire," 23 Aug. 2018 The state also took over Floyd and Breathitt counties, both located in the eastern coalfields. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Matt Bevin’s Revenge?," 4 May 2018 Billionaire Governor Jim Justice, himself a coal magnate from the state's southern coalfields, got elected in 2016 as a rare Democrat, then changed party affiliation last summer at a rally alongside a visiting Donald Trump. Tim Loh,, "The Ex-Con Coal Baron Running for Senate in West Virginia," 19 Mar. 2018 Officials say the blast in the Marwar coalfields in Baluchistan province was caused by a buildup of methane gas in the mine. Washington Post, "World Digest: May 5, 2018," 5 May 2018 His two main challengers, Evan Jenkins, the congressman who represents the state’s southern coalfields, and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, spent the winter mostly ignoring Blankenship and focusing their attacks on each other. Tim Loh,, "The Ex-Con Coal Baron Running for Senate in West Virginia," 19 Mar. 2018 The approval came from the federal office of the Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), as part of the 2017 AML Pilot Program to revitalize Alabama's coalfields region. Erin Edgemon,, "Proposed Birmingham industrial park, residential community to receive $6 million grant," 28 Mar. 2018 This village named Bluefield was, in reality, surrounded by black bituminous coalfields. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore," 13 Feb. 2018 The Times report includes a fascinating fact: The tailor who made the uniforms, Jimmie Muscatello, was from the coalfields of Gary, West Virginia. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "When Nixon went Euro, &c.," 15 Feb. 2018

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1734, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of coalfield

: a large area where there is a lot of coal under the ground

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