A type of coal that is hard, dense, and has a high carbon content, making it a valuable fuel source.
Late 18th century: from french anthracite, from greek anthrakītis, from anthrax coal.
- Anthracite is often used as a fuel source in power plants and steel mills.
- Compared to other types of coal, anthracite burns hotter and more efficiently.
- The discovery of large deposits of anthracite in the 19th century fueled the growth of many industrial cities.
- Anthracite is often considered to be a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly fuel source than other types of coal.
- Due to its high energy content, anthracite is often used as a fuel source in developing countries where other sources of energy may be limited.