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Selecting Coal Exploration Targets in the West Pacific1

By
P. G. Strauss
P. G. Strauss
2
Chief coal geologist, Robertson Research (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia.
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C. M. Atkinson
C. M. Atkinson
3
Senior coal geologist, Robertson Research (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia.
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Published:
January 01, 1981

Abstract

Some basic requirements for defining coal targets include a search of the literature, knowledge of regional geology and coal environments, and an understanding of coal petrography with respect to marketing. Although literature on west Pacific coal resources is sparse, a search could provide better reserve estimates which might contribute to increased interest in coal exploration. The coal-forming environments of the west Pacific are associated with Tertiary and Holocene active island arcs. Different grades of coal are formed in different environments. Landsat imagery has been used in the selection of coal targets, and has been especially useful in areas where access is difficult. Petrologically, the coals found in the Pacific are suitable for power generation, coke production, and for conversion to liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons. Potential exists for both opencut and underground mining operations.

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Energy Resources of the Pacific Region

Michel T. Halbouty
Michel T. Halbouty
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
12
ISBN electronic:
9781629811802
Publication date:
January 01, 1981

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