Foggermountain open cast coal mine

Thomas McInnes
Production date
24 Aug 1978
View of a dense band of peat resting on a layer of undifferentiated gravel. Shows contact of peat and glacial gravels
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Production date
24 Aug 1978
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Peat is formed in bogs where the decay of dead plant debris by bacteria and fungi is limited by the paucity or absence of oxygen and the generation of antiseptic organic acids. Under these conditions plant debris turns into a dark-brown jelly-like humus.

Peat can be used as fuel if cut in the summer and allowed to dry and for horticultural purposes. Gravel is deposited by water, in this case during the glacial period. It has uses in the construction industry. At Foggermountain the peat and gravel were stripped off to gain access to coal seams.
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