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Geological Research at the IGS

Distribution and characterization of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Aug 1, 2006 Apr 30, 2007 All Counties
Director: Denver Harper
Other Researchers: Chris Dintaman, Sally Letsinger, Maria Mastalerz,
Funding: Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research (CCTR)
Issue: Indiana has a long history of coal mining and coal preparation. Deposits of coal-preparation refuse are scattered across the southwestern part of the state. These deposits contain significant quantities of coal. Mapping and characterization of the deposits was performed to facilitate any future efforts to economically recover the deposits in an environmentally responsible manner.
Objective: The purpose of the work was to provide preliminary estimates of the total area and volume of coal-slurry deposits (fine-grained refuse from coal-preparation plants) and to provide recommendations for future sampling and analysis.
Approach: Techniques of geographic information systems (GIS) were used to identify, quantify, tabulate, and map coal slurry deposits.
Products: Harper, D., Dintaman, C., Mastalerz, M., Letsinger, S., 2009, Reconnaissance of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana: Indiana Geological Survey Occasional Paper 69, 20 p.
Benefits: Inactive coal-slurry deposits in Indiana were mapped, and estimates were made of the volume of the raw material in place for each deposit. Data were compiled regarding the associated preparation plants and coal beds that might have contributed raw coal to each deposit. In addition, the general status of the each deposit as re-mined, reclaimed, naturally re-vegetated, or unreclaimed was determined.
Publications:

Reconnaissance of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana
Harper, D., Dintaman, C., Mastalerz, M., Letsinger, S., 2009, Reconnaissance of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana: Indiana Geological Survey Occasional Paper 69, 20 p.

Reconnaissance of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana
Harper, D., Dintaman, C., Mastalerz, M., Letsinger, S., 2009, Reconnaissance of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana: Indiana Geological Survey Occasional Paper 69, 20 p.


 
 
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