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Professional Paper 1625-F

The National Coal Resource Assessment Overview

Edited by Brenda S. Pierce and Kristin O. Dennen


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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has completed the National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA), a multiyear project by the USGS Energy Resources Program, in partnership with State geological surveys in the coal producing regions of the United States. The NCRA is the first digital national coal-resource assessment. Coal beds and zones were assessed in five regions that account for more than 90 percent of the Nation’s coal production—(1) the Appalachian Basin, (2) the Illinois Basin, (3) the Gulf Coastal Plain, (4) the Colorado Plateau, and (5) the Northern Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. The purpose of this Professional Paper, USGS Professional Paper 1625–F, is to present a tabulation and overview of the assessment results, insight into the methods used in the NCRA, and supplemental information on coal quality, economics, and other factors that affect coal production in the United States.

First posted July 13, 2009

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Suggested citation:

Pierce, B.S., and Dennen, K.O., eds., 2009, The National Coal Resource Assessment Overview: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1625–F, 402 p.

Front Matter PDF (11.6)

A) Executive Summary -- The National Coal Resources Assessment Overview by Kristin O. Dennen (678 kB)

B) National Coal Resources Assessment Regional Overview by Tracy Mercier and Brenda Pierce (37.1 MB)

C) An introduction to coal quality by Stanley P. Schweinfurth (2.92 MB)

D) Coal resource availability, recoverability and economic evaluations in the United States — a summary by James A. Luppens, Timothy J. Rohrbacher, Lee M. Osmonson, and M. Devereux Carter (1.66 MB)

E) Coal marketability: current and future conditions by Emil D. Attanasi and Philip A. Freeman (3.60 MB)

F) National Coal Resource Assessment: estimates of uncertainty by John H. Schuenemeyer, Helen C. Power, and Brenda S. Pierce (3.31 MB)

G) Estimation of coal cleaning costs: A spreadsheet-based interactive software for use in the estimation of economically recoverable coal by Subhash B. Bhagwat, Xiaomei Zhang, Heng Fan, John Nwoha, and Gary E. McIntosh (737 kB)

H) Production and depletion of Appalachian and Illinois Basin coal resources by Robert C. Milici and Kristin O. Dennen (3.14 MB)

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