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

Definition of coalfield

: a region rich in coal deposits

Examples of coalfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Selby coalfield, also in the area, once employed three thousand five hundred people; today, Drax employs about seven hundred. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2021 Amid coal’s steady decline, efforts are growing to repurpose former mines and lead the way to diversifying the state’s economy, creating jobs and cleaning up the environment, while helping to revive coalfield communities. Kris Maher, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2021 Strachey’s 1719 drawing of a section through the Somerset coalfield provided Smith’s first revelation of the layers of sedimentary rocks and their fossils. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021 Arsenic and other harmful substances have been found in numerous wells dug in the Appalachian coalfields, the Ohio Valley ReSource reports. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2020 Meantime, like everywhere, life has changed for everyone in far eastern Kentucky, from southeast coalfields of Harlan to the once-booming industrial northeast city of Ashland along the Ohio River. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, 21 Mar. 2020 No place needed jobs more than the coalfields, where mechanization and cheap natural gas were putting miners out of work by the thousands. Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2020 Unclaimed horses have been spotted grazing on or near mines in the coalfields of Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains for years. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 16 Jan. 2020 My view also includes the counties in the southern coalfields and other central Appalachian communities. Judith Feinberg, STAT, 1 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of coalfield

1734, in the meaning defined above

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“Coalfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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