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Anthracite coal


A hard, black Coal that has a high Carbon content (92-98%). Anthracite has a semi-metallic luster and fractures conchoidally. It contains few volatile hydrocarbons and burns with a blue, smoke-free flame.

Synonyms and Related Terms

hard coal; kilkenny coal; black coal; antracita (Esp.); anthracite (Fr.); antracyt (Pol.); antracite (Port.); antracit (Sven.); Anthracit (Deut.); anthraciet (Ned.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Density = 1.4-1.8 g/ml

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 61
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: density=1.4-1.8
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998