What is Coal? - Facts, Types, Formation & Uses


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Coal is considered to be a ______ resource.

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1. Most of the coal in the United States was formed during which geologic period?

2. Coal is formed from the remains of ______.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Coal is the most abundant resource of its type on the planet. How did it get here, and why is it useful? This quiz/worksheet combination will check your understanding of this valuable fossil fuel, including formation and uses in today's world.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will assess the following information:

  • Coal as a resource
  • Geological period during which coal was formed
  • Formation and uses of coal
  • Heat content of different forms of coal

Skills Practiced

This resource allows practice in the following related skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on coal formation and uses
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the environment during the period when coal was formed to the present day environment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about coal formation and the heat content of various types of coal

Additional Learning

Read the lesson on What is Coal? - Facts, Types, Formation & Uses to learn more about this topic. The lesson, together with this companion quiz and worksheet, contains the following objectives:

  • Describe how the organic matter contained in peat affects its heat content
  • Explore the role of overburden in coal formation
  • Explain how water being expelled from anthracite affects it