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Geochemical Data for Illinois Basin Coal Samples, 2015-2018 (ver. 1.1, March 2021)

March 2, 2021

Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and their collaborators conducted a study of the geochemical properties of coals currently produced for electric power generation in the Illinois Basin in Illinois and Indiana. The study follows from recommendations by an expert panel for the USGS to investigate the distribution and controls of trace constituents such as mercury (Hg) in Illinois Basin coals and the behavior of these constituents in coal preparation. A total of 72 new samples were collected by USGS collaborators. These samples include raw coals, prepared coals, and waste coals from coal preparation. To understand the geochemistry and cleaning behavior of these coals, these samples were subjected to an integrated series of analyses, including microanalysis of coal constituents and bulk sample chemical analysis. Of the procedures used, whole-sample Hg analysis quantified overall mercury contents and its reduction by coal preparation. Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) of pyrite in coal quantified Hg and other potentially harmful elements contained in pyrite, the most likely host of these constituents. Trace elements investigated include those of environmental interest as well as critical elements such as the rare earths. Results included in this data release include combined output from USGS and non-USGS laboratories. Significant digits disclaimer: Data displayed in cells with general formatting do not show trailing zeros which may be significant. Significant digits are indicated by corresponding values in nearby rows that lack trailing zeros.

Publication Year 2021
Title Geochemical Data for Illinois Basin Coal Samples, 2015-2018 (ver. 1.1, March 2021)
DOI 10.5066/P9GUURCK
Authors Allan Kolker, Clinton T Scott, Mary R. Croke, Liliana Lefticariu, Maria Mastalerz, Agnieszka Drobniak, Anne (Annie) M Scott
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center