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FUELSby James G. Speight and Thomas Butcher
COAL Coal is a sedimentary organic rock that has been formed from accumulations of organic matter, likely along the shores of shallow seas as well as along the edges of lakes or rivers. Flat swampy areas that are periodically flooded are the best candidates for coal formation. During non-flooding periods of time, thick accumulations of dead plant material pile up and, as the water levels rise, the organic debris is covered by water, sand, and soils. The water (often salty), sand, and soils can prevent the oxidative decay and transport of the organic debris to other locales. As a consequence, the…
Ali M. Sadegh, Ph.D.; William M. Worek, Ph.D.: Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 12th Edition. FUELS, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2018), AccessEngineering Export