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The National Coal Assessment
Funding Agency: U.S. Geological Survey
Each assessment prepares regional maps of coal extent, coal thickness, structure, overburden, mined-out areas , and data locations. Tonnage calculations have been estimated for eastern Kentucky and western Kentucky for original and remaining coal. Coal availability factors that restrict mining will be calculated in the near future. Coal beds that have been assessed are the Lower Elkhorn, Fire Clay and Upper Elkhorn No. 3 in eastern Kentucky and the Springfield (No. 9), Herrin (No. 11), and Baker (No. 13) in western Kentucky. The results have effectively shown regional trends for these important coal beds and identified areas with the greatest potential for future mining.
Products: KGS will publish results for each coal field in the KGS Map and Chart Series and electronic databases will be released.
U.S. Geological Survey published reports for the Illinois and Appalachian basins that include Kentucky's coal fields. These assessments include the Kentucky data and are also available as CD-ROM products:
2000 Resource Assessment of Selected Coal Beds and Zones in the Northern and Central Appalachian Basin Coal Regions. USGS Professional Paper 1625-C. Order PP_1625C_USGS.
Resource Assessment of the Springfield, Herrin, Danville, and Baker Coals in the Illinois Basin. USGS Professional Paper 1625-D. Order PP_1625D_USGS.