THE RESERVE BASE OF COAL FOR UNDERGROUND MINING IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES

The coal reserve base in the Western United States is presented for coalbeds amenable to extraction by underground mining methods. The Federal Bureau of Mines has abstracted data on the quality and quantity of coal resources/reserves from numerous State and Federal publications and modified such data as necessary to allow computer storage and retrieval. Tonnages are compiled by State, country, coalbed, and rank, and allotted to sulfur categories by statistical apportionment. The coal reserve base in those States west of the Mississippi River, amenable to underground mining, is estimated to be approximately 131 billion tons. Of this total, about 30.9 billion tons are bituminous coal, 100.2 billion tons are subbituminous coal, and 126.4 million tons are anthracite. Lignite is not considered for underground mining in this report. Included in this report is a glossary of terms applicable to a classification system for coal resources and reserves as jointly defined by the Bureau of Mines and U.S. Geological Survey. The purpose of this system is to provide for direct comparison or compilation of various resource/reserve data.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Mines

    Mining and Safety Research Center, 4800 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA  USA  15213
  • Authors:
    • Matson, T K
    • White Jr, D H
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 238 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099788
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Mines
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1976 12:00AM