After the blasting has been done the 'fillers' can tumble the coal out, break it up and shovel it on to the conveyor belt.
In a big mine it is carrying away several tons of coal every minute.
coal mining is a damn good paying job—60, 70, 80 grand a year—that “just sorta sticks to you after a while,” as Scotty put it.
“I will fight President Obama and anyone else who tries to undermine our coal jobs,” she said.
Oil, natural gas, and coal are among the listed dominant drivers of global warming.
It was suspected that they had gone to coal in this remote corner of the oceans.
We had taken in coal sufficient to run the steamer about two days.
One can see how easy it will be for a lessee to make money in coal in Alaska.
Did you ever wonder how beds of coal happened to be in the earth?
Thus burglars carry bits of coal in their pockets, ‘for luck.’
Old English col "charcoal, live coal," from Proto-Germanic *kula(n) (cf. Old Frisian kole, Middle Dutch cole, Dutch kool, Old High German chol, German Kohle, Old Norse kol), from PIE root *g(e)u-lo- "live coal" (cf. Irish gual "coal").
Meaning "mineral consisting of fossilized carbon" is from mid-13c. First mentioned (370 B.C.E.) by Theophrastus in his treatise "On Stones" under the name lithos anthrakos (see anthrax). Traditionally good luck, coal was given as a New Year's gift in England, said to guarantee a warm hearth for the coming year. The phrase drag (or rake) over the coals was a reference to the treatment meted out to heretics by Christians. To carry coals "do dirty work," also "submit to insult" is from 1520s. To carry coals to Newcastle (c.1600) Anglicizes Greek glauk eis Athenas "owls to Athens."
A dark-brown to black solid substance formed from the compaction and hardening of fossilized plant parts in the presence of water and in the absence of air. Carbonaceous material accounts for more than 50 percent of coal's weight and more than 70 percent of its volume. Coal is widely used as a fuel, and its combustion products are used as raw material for a variety of products including cement, asphalt, wallboard and plastics. See more at anthracite, bituminous coal, lignite.