The geology of coal is also a part of today's lesson. Coal was formed when this land was rich in forest, swamp, and abundant vegetation. It's a cruel irony that the biggest French movie every made about the mines was released at just the same time as another "geological" adventure: "Jurassic Park". If you're really interested in the life of the mine, see either "Matewan" from our own West Virginia or "Germinal" based one of my favorite novels by Emile Zola.
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