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Energy resources: Coal

Free statement of participation on completion

During the Industrial Revolution half of the world's coal came from Britain. We still rely heavily on it today to meet our energy needs, but now we import more than we produce. Burning it introduces large amounts of gases into the atmosphere that harm the environment in a variety of ways. In this free course, Energy resources: Coal, it will become apparent that the most appealing quality of coal is that there is plenty of it.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain how coal is formed
  • explain how coal is found and extracted by either surface or underground mines
  • discuss how geological problems and environmental issues surrounding extraction affect mining
  • explain the reasons for the decline in the UK’s coal industry.

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