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Message Subject Don't make ASSUMPTIONS; try to Understand.
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Yes. That is a coal mine that will burn for decades.
I think that the gases would burn much faster or explode?
Wouldn't they?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23651594

no. any gases released would burn immediately before
they had a chance to collect into any explosive concentrations. (as a consequence the coal is just
slowly, relentlessly and never-endingly just smoldering)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25122258

note: there is only enough free oxygen down in there to support "smoldering".
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25122258

Wrong. Why don't you actually read the article?
They were drilling into the mine to try to find out how bad the problem was and it created vent hole that fed the fire.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23651594

o.k., so there's a little bitty area that has some oxygen.
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