April 2, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Newcastle Coal

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

A piece of coal in my hand — freshly fallen from an outcrop.

During my recent trip to Australia, I was able to pick a piece of coal off of the ground — something that I’ve never done before. I was in Newcastle, a coal mining region, for a conference. One evening I went for a walk along the beach, where coal seams are visible in outcrop. The picture above shows a piece of coal that I picked up off of the beach walking path. Pretty neat! I’ll blog a little more about Newcastle coal when I have a chance — stay tuned!