|Also called: soft coal a soft black coal, rich in volatile hydrocarbons, that burns with a smoky yellow flame. Fixed carbon content: 46--86 per cent; calorific value: 1.93 × 107 -- 3.63 × 107 J/kg|
bituminous coal [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (bĭ-t'mə-nəs) Pronunciation Key |
A soft type of coal that burns with a smoky, yellow flame. Bituminous coal is the most abundant form of coal. It has a high sulfur content, and when burned, gives off sulfurous compounds that contribute to air pollution and acid rain. Compare anthracite, lignite.