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Preliminary Analysis of Methodologies for Mining Thin-seam Mountaintop Coal Resources.
Mayercheck-WD; Jaspal-JS; Farrar-RB
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The U.S. Bureau of Mines is conducting research aimed at providing technology for a low-cost, high-recovery, environmentally acceptable mining system to recover the vast thin-seam coal reserves existing in the mountainous areas of the Appalachian region in the eastern United States. As part of this research, the Bureau is evaluating new techniques to address these coal resources. This report summarizes the results of a worldwide technical search on thin-seam coal mining, the formulation of various methodologies for mining mountaintop thin seams, and the implementation and status of a physical model test program to validate and further develop the most promising concept--the "roof-fall-tolerant" mining system.
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