Assignment 1 - GEO 271 ASSIGNMENT 1 677 2-8-11 Natural...

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GEO 271 677 ASSIGNMENT 1 2-8-11 Natural Resource: Anthracite Coal Anthracite coal has the highest carbon content of all types of coal, and is the most expensive. It is the most sought after type of coal because of its high quality. Coal is an important part of present-day energy needs. As the world attempts to move to cleaner, more efficient forms of energy, coal is still the shoulder many countries lean on when it comes to meeting energy needs. Coal affects the environment in many ways, including (but not limited to) increased carbon dioxide emissions, which then leads to the greenhouse effect and all of the problems that come with that (rising sea levels, changes in climate, etc.), emissions of particulates that can cause health problems in humans, the impact extraction has on the land, the workers, and the towns in which the mines take hold, and the destruction of habitats. Region of Interest: Pennsylvania Pennsylvania was where anthracite coal was first discovered in the late 1700’s, so
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