Q: What makes anthracite coal different from other forms of coal such as bituminous coal? Why is anthracite a superior form of coal?

A: Anthracite is different from other types of coal because it contains more pure carbon and is harder as a result.  It is superior because its high carbon content makes it a cleaner burning coal than other coals.

Q: Immigrants came from over 36 countries to mine coal in Northeastern PA. Can you name at least 4 of these countries?

A: Any of the following countries are correct!

  • United Kingdom
    • Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Serbia
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Greece
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia
  • Bosnia
  • Albania
  • Nicaragua

Q: Why would an iron furnace be located near a coal mine?

A: Anthracite coal was one of the earliest fuels for industrial use, especially for the iron and steel industries.