how is coal formed in nature



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    The coal that we are currently mining across the globe was formed millions and millions of years ago as decaying plant matter was compressed under layers and layers of dirt, water, and new plant growth.  As time passed, this decaying matter under severe pressure and heat from within the earth underwent physical and chemical changes, forcing out oxygen and leaving carbon deposits deep within the Earth.  These deposits became the fuel of the industrial revolution and still play a large part in energy production today.

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