REMOTE SENSING OF STRIPPABLE COAL RESERVES AND MINE INVENTORY IN PART OF THE WARRIOR COAL FIELD IN ALABAMA

Methods by which estimates of the remaining reserves of strippable coal in Alabama could be made were developed. Information acquired from NASA's Earth Resources Office was used to analyze and map existing surface mines in a four-quadrangle area in west central Alabama. Using this information and traditional methods for mapping coal reserves, an estimate of remaining strippable reserves was derived. Techniques for the computer analysis of remotely sensed data and other types of available coal data were developed to produce an estimate of strippable coal reserves for a second four-quadrangle area. Both areas lie in the Warrior coal field, the most prolific and active of Alabama's coal fields. They were chosen because of the amount and type of coal mining in the area, their location relative to urban areas, and the amount and availability of base data necessary for this type of study.

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    U.S. Geological Survey

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  • Authors:
    • Joiner, T J
    • Copeland Jr, C W
    • Russell, D D
    • Evans Jr, F E
    • Sapp, C D
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Pagination: 128 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00186574
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-150781 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NAS8-31573
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM