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Surface-mining modeling for USGS coal assessments

June 15, 2021

The value of national coal deposits is determined for the Solid Fuel Energy Resources Assessment and Research Project through economic evaluations using hypothetical mining models. Deposits near the surface are evaluated with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) surface-mining model, which is patterned after the standard mining techniques and infrastructures of commercial mining projects. The USGS surface-mining model uses these commercial mining project techniques as guides to develop a quantitative measurement to distinguish between potential recoverable resources and reserves by comparing total project cost and market value.

Publication Year 2021
Title Surface-mining modeling for USGS coal assessments
DOI 10.3133/ofr20211059
Authors Paul E. Pierce
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2021-1059
Index ID ofr20211059
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Energy Resources Science Center