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Coal Mining


Coal Mining


Geoffrey Hayes. A5, 32pp. From 1800 to the mid twentieth century the burning of coal provided nearly all of the power for British industry and transport. It also provided heat for homes. This book tells how the mines evolved from simple bell pits into extensive networks of shafts and tunnels extending deep underground. It describes the methods used to drive tunnels through the rock and the machines that were developed to cut the coal. It explains how the coal was transported from the coalface to the shaft, a task performed variously by women or children with sleds or baskets and how the coal was transported to the surface. There are pictures and diagrams illustrating the methods used for coal mining and transportation. There is a list of places to visit.

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