The Coal Mines Of The Western Coast Of The United States

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byWatson Andrews Goodyear

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1877 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. CALIFORNIA. The coal fields of the western coast of North America are limited in extent, and of comparatively recent geological origin. They are none of them of the Carboniferous Age, and, indeed, so far as yet known, none of them date back of the Cretaceous Period. They mostly furnish a non-caking, bituminous coal, which belongs to the class of lignites or brown coals. Vancouver's Island, however, produces caking coal; and some caking coal of good quality has also been found in Washington Territory. Small quantities of anthracite have been found on Queen Charlotte's Island, and probabty also in Washington Territory. But no workable mine of anthracite has ever been discovered on the Coast, and the little that has been found has always proved, on investigation, to have been the result of local and special metamorphism. Of the two States and one Territory which border the Pacific Ocean between Mexico and British Columbia, Washington Territory is by far the most liberally supplied with coal. Oregon comes next, and California last. In fact, California is decidedly unfortunate in the extent and the character of her coal fields. For, although it is easy to find coal at many localities in the Coast Bange from one end of the State to the other, as well as at certain points in the western foot-hills of the Sierra Nevada; yet it generally happens either that its quality is poor, or its quantity is small, or else that it is situated in the heart of the mountains so far from market that the cost of transportation alone would far exceed the value of the coal. I begin this treatise, however, without further prelude, by giving a description of the only field within the State where coal has hitherto been profitably mined, viz.: The Mt. Diablo Coal Field. The ext...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1877 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. CALIFORNIA. The coal fields of the western coast of North America are limited in extent, and of comparatively recent ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217889034

ISBN - 13:9780217889032

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