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Deep Coal and Energy Resources of the Western Kentucky Coal Field
Contact Dave Williams or Stephen Greb

Photograph with permission from Ferm, J.C., and Weisenfluh, G.A., Cored rocks of the southern Appalachians, 1981, University of Kentucky

Photograph with permission from Ferm, J.C., and Weisenfluh, G.A., Cored rocks of the southern Appalachians, 1981, University of Kentucky

 Western Kentucky coal production is increasingly dependent on underground mining. Information obtained from operating mines, as well as from mines not currently operating, can aid in our understanding of local underground resources and lead to an accurate assessment of future coal and energy resources. Data from recent mining operations are being compared with data from boreholes drilled in other parts of the coal field so that coalbed depth, thickness, and quality can be better understood. A database has been compiled containing more than 3,000 subsurface records. Go to Coal Data and scroll down to coal borehole database for more information on obtaining data.

Coal horizons in the subsurface beyond the limit of mining and coring are being correlated. This requires analysis of hundreds of geophysical logs drilled for oil and gas exploration. Subtle geophysical signatures of coals and other strata can be used to project the positions of possible coal-bearing strata in the deep subsurface. Results of these analyses can be used for future coal and coalbed-methane exploration.

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