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The occupational hazards of miners include acute trauma and death from rock falls, water inundation, explosions and the long-term effects of progressive pulmonary disease. One of the most evocative of records of the dust-laden atmosphere in which coalminers work is Sunday Stone. Specimens of Sunday Stone are preserved in the Great North Museum, the ‘Hancock’, managed by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sunday Stone is the name given to calcareous deposits that formed inside wooden pipes carrying wastewater from the collieries of Durham and Northumberland. Sunday Stone is composed of alternating light and dark bands, each...

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