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Preliminary report on the coal resources of the Dickinson area, Billings, Dunn, and Stark Counties, North Dakota

January 1, 1994

The Dickinson area is underlain by the coal-bearing Fort Union Formation (Paleocene). The Fort Union in this area contains nine potentially economic coal beds. Five of these beds are, either all or in part, shallow enough to be economically extracted by conventional strip-mining methods, while the remaining four deeper beds represent future possible strip-mining, in situ, or shaft-mining coal resources. The Fort Union coal beds in the Dickinson area are relatively flat lying (dips are less than 1½°) and only slightly influenced by faulting and both depositional and post-depositional channeling. Topography, coal thickness, and minimum overburden all combine to give the Dickinson area an excellent future coal resource development potential.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1977
Title Preliminary report on the coal resources of the Dickinson area, Billings, Dunn, and Stark Counties, North Dakota
DOI 10.3133/ofr77482
Authors Michael L. Menge
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 77-482
Index ID ofr77482
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization