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Many upper Middle Pennsylvanian coal beds can be readily identified and correlated by palynological methods on both an intrabasinal and an interbasinal scale. Coal palynology is also very useful in helping to reconstruct the vegetational composition of ancient mire floras, because the parent plants of most palynomorphs are known. As such, palynological analyses allow us to positively identify and trace upper Middle Pennsylvanian coal beds over large distances, while at the same time documenting changes in mire floras geographically. This paper discusses the criteria by which upper Middle Pennsylvanian coal beds can be palynologically identified and correlated. The role...

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