GIS representation of coal-bearing areas in Antarctica

Open-File Report 2016-1031



Understanding the distribution of coal-bearing geologic units in Antarctica provides information that can be used in sedimentary, geomorphological, paleontological, and climatological studies. This report is a digital compilation of information on Antarctica’s coal-bearing geologic units found in the literature. It is intended to be used in small-scale spatial geographic information system (GIS) investigations and as a visual aid in the discussion of Antarctica’s coal resources or in other coal-based geologic investigations. Instead of using spatially insignificant point markers to represent large coal-bearing areas, this dataset uses polygons to represent actual coal-bearing lithologic units. Specific locations of coal deposits confirmed from the literature are provided in the attribution for the coal-bearing unit polygons. Coal-sample-location data were used to confirm some reported coal-bearing geology. The age and extent of the coal deposits indicated in the literature were checked against geologic maps ranging from local scale at 1:50,000 to Antarctic continental scale at 1:5,000,000; if satisfactory, the map boundaries were used to generate the polygons for the coal-bearing localities.

Suggested Citation

Merrill, M.D., 2016, GIS representation of coal-bearing areas in Antarctica: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1031, 3 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction and Description of Work
  • Revisions and Updates
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title GIS representation of coal-bearing areas in Antarctica
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1031
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161031
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description Report: iii, 3 p.; Zipped Shapefiles; Metadata
Other Geospatial Antarctica
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
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