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A consolidated, dull, soft brown to black coal with visible plant fragments set in a finer grained matrix. 60-75% carbon content dry ash free, 46-63% volatiles.

A carbon-poor and humidity-rich variety of coal which retains the structure of the original wood.
It is often referred to as brown coal, and is considered the lowest rank of coal (carbon content is only around 25-35%).

Lignite can be separated into two types. The first is xyloid lignite or fossil wood and the second form is the compact lignite or perfect lignite.

Lignite is geologically younger than higher-grade coals, originating mainly in the Tertiary period.

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QuisqueiteA vanadium-rich variety of lignite.
Also "a highly sulphurous asphaltum" (spelling "Quiscqueite").

Originally described from Quisque District, Cerro de Pasco, Alcides Carrión Province, Pasco Department, Peru.

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Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Gypsum5 photos of Lignite associated with Gypsum on
Agate4 photos of Lignite associated with Agate on
Marcasite4 photos of Lignite associated with Marcasite on
Messelite3 photos of Lignite associated with Messelite on
Bituminous-coal2 photos of Lignite associated with Bituminous-coal on
Uraninite1 photo of Lignite associated with Uraninite on
Duxite1 photo of Lignite associated with Duxite on

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