By: Kenneth Nelson

Q: What Is Coal?

A:Coal is a fossil fuel formed from the remains of plants that lived and

died millions of years ago, when parts of the Earth were covered with

huge swampy forests. Coal is called a nonrenewable energy source

because it takes millions of years to form.

Coal : The SWITCH energy primer

History Of Coal!

Native Americans used coal long before the first settlers arrived in

the New World. Hopi Indians used coal to bake the pottery they

made from clay. European settlers discovered coal in North America during the first

half of the 1600s. They used very little coal at first. Instead, they relied

on water wheels and burning wood to power colonial industries.

Q: How Coal Is Used?

A:Almost 92 percent of the coal mined in the U.S. today is used to

make electricity. The steel and iron industries use coal for smelting

metals. Other industries use coal, too. Paper, brick, limestone, and

cement industries all use coal to make products. Very little coal is

used for heating homes and buildings.

More Coal!

Coal is used primarily as an energy source, either for heat or electricity. It was once heavily used to heat homes and power locomotives and factories. Bituminous coal is also used to produce coke(a type of fuel) for making steel and other industrial process heating. It has been estimated that there are over 861 billion tonnes of proven coal reserves worldwide. This means that there is enough coal to last us around 112 years at current rates of production. Coal is a nonrenewable also so once it runs out we will never have it again. Used for electricity and heating that the only thing it's used for.