albertite


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albertite

[′al·bər‚tīt]
(mineralogy)
Jet-black, brittle natural hydrocarbon with conchoidal fracture, hardness of 1-2, and specific gravity of approximately l.l. Also known as asphaltite coal.
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In June 1854 Gesner obtained patents on cooking mineral rock, which included the controversial mineral, Albertite, to produce a fluid which he called crude coal-oil.
Some of the more colorful names that have been used include cannel coal, boghead coal, alum shale, stellarite, albertite, kerosene shale, bituminite, gas coal, algal coal, wollongite, schistes bitumineux, torbanite, kukersite, and others.
During that time 140,000 tons of albertite were shipped to the U.
The story of Gesner's museum follows a familiar theme in his life and parallels the ups and downs of his better documented activities with albertite and kerosene.