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Main Title Coal : a human history /
Author Freese, Barbara
Publisher Perseus Pub.,
Year Published 2003
OCLC Number 51449422
ISBN 0738204005; 9780738204000
Subjects Coal--History. ; Coal--Environmental aspects. ; Steenkool. ; Kolenmijnen. ; Coal mines and mining--History. ; Pollutants--Coal ; Coal miners--Social conditions ; Industrialization--History ; Environmental degradation--Coal ; Steenkool.--gtt ; Kolenmijnen.--gtt ; Charbon--Histoire ; Charbon--Aspect social ; Charbon--Aspect de l'environnement
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  HD9540.5.F74 2003 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 03/04/2013
ERAM  TN805.A5 F857 2003 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 07/21/2014
ESAM  HD9540.5.F74 2003 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 12/21/2016
Collation v, 308 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-291) and index.
Contents Notes
A portable climate -- The best stone in Britain -- Launching a revolution -- Full steam ahead -- A precious seed -- The rise and fall of King Coal -- Invisible power -- A sort of black stone -- A burning legacy. Publisher's description: The fascinating history of a simple black rock that has shaped our world--and now threatens it. In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, expanded frontiers, and sparked social movements, and still powers our electric grid. Yet coal's world-changing power has come at a tremendous price, including centuries of blackening our skies and lungs--and now the dangerous warming of our global climate. Ranging from the "great stinking fogs" of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance with an extraordinary impact on human civilization.