Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, a general name for any area over which coal occurs somewhat connectedly and in some quantity, and where coal is or may be worked to such an extent as to be of economical importance. One coal-field is separated from another by an intervening barren area. There are 38 distinct coal-fields in Great Britain and Ireland.
“As the Address is passing through the press (March 7, 1862), evidence lies before me of the existence of a new Labyrinthodont (‘Pholidogaster’), from the Edinburgh coal-field, with well-ossified vertebral centra.”
“We mentioned this at the time to Captain Gardner, and our finding coal now seemed a verification of what we then said; the coal-field probably extends from the Zambesi to the Rovuma, if not beyond it.”
“As the gold on this circumference is found in coarser grains than in the streams running toward the centre, or Tete, I imagine that the real gold-field lies round about the coal-field; and, if I am right in the conjecture, then we have coal encircled by a gold-field, and abundance of wood, water, and provisions — a combination not often met with in the world.”
“I saw the gold from this quarter as large as grains of wheat, that found in the rivers which run into the coal-field being in very minute scales.”
“Banyai country, and, indeed, I have no doubt but that the whole country between Zumbo and Lupata is a coal-field of at least”
“Steps had been taken to prevent the price of coal being raised to consumers, and this was shortly to be followed by the Government acquisition of the whole of the South Wales coal-field.”
“The most distinctive "hardware centre" is that one which is identified with the great coal-field in the middle of England known as the "Black Country.”
“Norwich textile manufacture is an instance of the continuance of an industry in a community historically associated with it, although its seat is far removed from a coal-field.”
“But London is within easy distance, not only by rail, but also by canal and by coastwise sailing, of every coal-field and mineral deposit of Britain.”
“LEICESTER (204,000), which, like so many other manufacturing cities of England, lies at the centre of a coal-field, is the chief seat of the WOOLLEN HOSIERY manufacture.”
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