Characteristics of Anthracite
Many rocks have distinct characteristics. Some of the Properties of Anthracite are hardness, structure, streak, fracture etc. Anthracite is significant as it is composed of minerals and has variety of uses in our day to day life. The characteristics of Anthracite plays an important role in its identification.
The hardness of Anthracite is 1-1.5 on Moh’s hardness scale. Rocks according to their hardness are divided into:Types of Hard Rocks, Types of Soft Rocks and Rocks with Medium Hardness.
Fracture of Anthracite rock is conchoidal. Its specific heat capacity is 1.32 kJ/Kg K. Anthracite is heat resistant, water resistant. Some of its uses are:
- Interior Uses: Not yet used.
- Construction Industry: Cement manufacture, For road aggregate, Making natural cement, Steel production.
Know more about Anthracite rock in the next section.
More About Anthracite
Anthracite is a type of Metamorphic Rocks. The color of rock is one of its important property. Anthracite rock is available in black, brown, dark brown, grey, light to dark grey colors. It is Veined or Pebbled in appearance. The Anthracite mineral content includes Calcite, Clay, Clay Minerals. Its compound content includes Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Sulphur. Let’s move on to the types of Anthracite. The types of Anthracite include Semi-anthracite and Meta-anthracite.
Fossils are the remains of prehistoric plants or animals which are embedded in rock and preserved in petrified form. Fossils are found only in sedimentary rocks. As Anthracite belongs to Metamorphic Rocks, fossils are not found in it.