THE ANTHRACITE ADVANTAGE A FACT SHEET ON ANTHRACITE COAL What is Anthracite? All coal is not the same. Anthracite is a highly carbonated form of cleanburning coal that is different from the more commonly known bituminous (soft) coal. Anthracite was formed during the Carboniferous Age, when the dense green vegetation that
Anthracite, according to David L. Salay, editor of the definitive 1984 study, Hard Coal, Hard Times: Ethnicity and Labor in the Anthracite Region, is a ranking coal based on its carbon content and percentage of volatile material. Anthracite's high percentage of carbon and low sulfur content and volatiles make it a slowburning, clean fuel, capable of generating enormous heat.