"A fossil fuel, coal forms when dead plant matter is converted into peat, which in turn is converted into lignite, then sub-bituminous coal, after that bituminous coal, and lastly anthracite. This involves biological and geological processes that take place over a long period."
Bituminous Black Coal Rock, 2 Pieces by American Educational Products Relatively soft and containing a tar-like substance called bitumin, which gives it its name, Bituminous coal ranges from black to More
Ansted, West Virginia. Coal Heritage Trail In 1873, the town of Ansted was created. It was named after a British scientist and geologist, Dr. David T. Ansted (1814-1880), who in 1853, mapped out the nearby seams of high grade bituminous coal and once owned the land the town now occupies. Visit: http://www.coalheritage.org/page.aspx?id=30