Coal is found on a variety of terrain, always on Hills.
- +2 Production
Coal is a fairly common resource which provides a very nice Production boost when worked. This boost gets even better because of the Mine improvement, turning Coal into one of the most useful resources for any city.
Its strategic use lies in producing Industrial Era ships, which can really make the difference in battle when faced with their Renaissance predecessors. Far broader, however, is its use in fueling the Coal Power Plant, unlocked with the same technology. It may be a fairly inefficient power source and eats up the ozone layer at a tremendous rate, but it's the best you'll get until you unlock Electricity in the following era. Railroads are another helpful application of Coal, unlocked just one technology later.
In Gathering Storm, England's civilization ability grants them an increased Coal extraction rate from Mines, as well as an increased storage capacity for it (and other strategic resources) from Harbors. Keep an eye out for Coal when playing as the English; you'll more than likely find some, as your starting bias dictates.
From the Old English term col, meaning “mineral of fossilized carbon,” coal has been civilization’s primary source of heat for millennia – of homes, forges, smelters, electrical plants and such. Decomposed plant matter that has been compressed over millennia, coal was first used for carved ornaments dating back to c. 4000 BC found in the Shenyang region of China. Men have been stripping it out of the ground ever since.
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|G: Accessed by Great Merchant • S: Suzerainty with Zanzibar|
1 Added in Maya & Gran Colombia Pack • 2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Specific scenarios only
Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.