Future Applications of Coal Petrology - Academic and Applied
A great deal of material is present in the literature, both very recent and extending back for a considerable period of time dealing with the depositional models for coals and coal seams. There is some work on the coals themselves trying to use them as indicators of various depositional environments. This field has not been exhausted and much work needs to be done. One area that could profitably be pursued would be the relationships between coal type, the mode of occurrence of some forms of sulfur and depositional environment. This could have direct practical application. Many other interesting areas exist such as the environments associated with dull coal as opposed to bright coal or can-nel or boghead coals.
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It is the intent of this course to deal with the very broad aspects of coal petrology. In the process of doing this, the authors intend to point out many of the areas in which the science has been applied to geological and various production problems and also to suggest some areas where future work may be of value. The emphasis is to provide some basic reference materials, some procedural techniques and possibly some ideas for those of you who wish to pursue work in this area. This course is not intended to train you as a coal petrologist but rather to give you some ideas of what the capabilities and limitations of the field are, and to help you get started on your own if you wish to pursue any of these ideas to greater length.