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The Pittsburgh, Redstone, and Sewickley coal beds all occur in the Late Pennsylvanian Pittsburgh Formation of the Monongahela Group in the northern Appalachian Basin. The goal of this study is to compare and contrast the palynology, petrography, and geochemistry of the three coals, specifically with regard to mire formation, and the resulting impacts on coal composition and occurrence. Comparisons between thick (>1.0 m) and thin (<0.3 m) columns of each coal bed are made as well to document any changes that occur between more central and more peripheral areas of the three paleomires.

The Pittsburgh coal bed, which is thick...

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