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The reserve base of bituminous coal and anthracite for underground mining in the Eastern United States.

NTIS: PB 237 815; :1-428
The coal reserve base is defined for coalbeds having sufficient thickness for underground mining within a depth range compatible with economic recovery. The reserve data are compiled by the federal Bureau of Mines by updating and reevaluating previous estimates of the U.S. Geological Survey, state geological surveys, and others. Through the application of computer techniques, the tonnages are compiled by state, county, coalbed, and rank. Coal reserve base is allotted to sulfur categories by a statistical apportionment of data from available Bureau of Mines reports and records. The coal reserve base in those states east of the Mississippi River, minable by underground methods, is estimated to be 169 billion tons in coalbeds greater than 28 inches in thickness to a maximum depth of 1,000 feet. Excluding those coals in reliability categories other than measured and indicated, the underground reserve base includes 162 billion tons of bituminous coal and 7 billion tons of anthracite. Of the total, 27 billion tons contains 1.0 percent or less sulfur. Most of this low-sulfur coal is in the southern Appalachian area. Approximately 16 percent of the underground reserve base is without available analyses. Included in this report is a glossary of terms applicable to a classification system for coal resources and reserves. The purpose of this system is to provide a common yardstick for determining coal resources and reserves.
Coal-mining; Underground-mining; Geology; Statistical-analysis
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IC 8655
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NTIS: PB 237 815
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division