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Causes for the Decline in Anthracite Mining Industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the 20th Century

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posted on 2023-08-03, 15:53 authored by Ralph Frederick Gommer

Chapter IThe Demand for Anthracite CoalIntroduction to the Industry. Anthracite mining is peculiar to Pennsylvania, that is, although a smaller tonnage of similar coal is mined in other states, it is in Pennsylvania alone that mining and distribution of this coal has become a major industry. It is unique in that 99% of commercial production of the Western Hemisphere originates from deposits underlying nine counties located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This represents an extreme concentration and supply of a valuable energy-heat resource in the heavily populated Northeastern quarter of the United States.

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