Maria Mastalerz
Geological Research at the IGS

Potential of Lower Block and Upper Block Coal Members for coking: Resources and properties

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 1, 2016 Jun 30, 2017 All Counties
Director: Maria Mastalerz
Other Researchers: Agnieszka Drobniak Phil Ames LaBraun Hampton Solomon Nyathi
Funding: Indiana University - Indiana Geological & Water Survey
Issue: Indiana coals are not being used for coking, however some possess relatively good coking properties. Their utilization in cokemaking rather than just for combustion would present a better way to utilize this resource
Objective: We plan to evaluate resources of the Lower Block and Upper Block Coal Members and map their availability
Approach: Geophysical logs and mining information will be used to refine the extent of these coals and evaluate their volumes. New coal samples will be collected and analyzed, including their coking properties
Products: Report, Interactive maps, and publication
Benefits: New data and evaluation will advance our research and help Indiana industry to optimize utilization of these high quality coals

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