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Exploration, Mining, and Coalbed Methane Overview of Coalbed Methane

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D. Keith Murray
D. Keith Murray
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Published:
January 01, 1998

Abstract

The exploration for and development of coalbed methane (CBM), more accurately termed "coalbed gas", requires a thorough understanding of the geology of both coal and petroleum, together with many aspects of mining and reservoir engineering. Furthermore, the geology of the entire coal-bearing sequence(s) in an area of interest should be evaluated carefully. This evaluation should include any contributions by structural features and other lithological units that may be capable of storing volumes of coal-generated hydrocarbons.

Exploration studies should address such topics as 1) the physical and chemical nature of the coal (rank, chemistry, depositional environment, diagenesis, mineralization, etc.), 2) the thermal history and hydrodynamics of the region of interest, 3) composite thickness of the coal seams and of the overburden, 4) geologic structure and tectonic features, such as fracture patterns and igneous units, 5) coalbed gas desorption data in the study area, and 6) a petrographic analysis of available coal cores and well cuttings.

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Atlas of Coal Geology

Alexander R. Papp
Alexander R. Papp
Certified Coal Geologist
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James C. Hower
James C. Hower
Certified Coal Geologist
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Douglas C. Peters
Douglas C. Peters
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
45
ISBN electronic:
9781629810195
Publication date:
January 01, 1998

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