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  • n  the atmosphere in a mine following an explosion; high in carbon dioxide and incapable of supporting life

  • Both books are packed with information on the technical details of coal mining, discussions of blackdamp, underground floods, explosions, entombments, but the picture that .
  • Timbering was shattered, the ventilating system dam aged, and there was blackdamp as well as thick, choking coal smoke inside.

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