Discussion Questions: The Geology of Coal
General Level (Grades 6-12)
- Describe how coal was formed. What are the three different types of coal described by the geologist and how do they differ?
- Compare and contrast the impact of low-sulfur and high-sulfur coal on the environment.
- Discuss how the pyrite in coal is released into the watershed.
Intermediate Level (Grades 9-12)
- Research indicates that mines that are fully flooded have fewer issues with acid mine drainage than partially flooded, free-flowing mines. Describe a potential reason for this difference.