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Palynology in coal systems analysis-The key to floras, climate, and stratigraphy of coal-forming environments

Special Paper of the Geological Society of America

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DOI: 10.1130/0-8137-2387-6.51

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Abstract

Palynology can be effectively used in coal systems analysis to understand the nature of ancient coal-forming peat mires. Pollen and spores preserved in coal effectively reveal the floristic composition of mires, which differed substantially through geologic time, and contribute to determination of depositional environment and paleo- climate. Such applications are most effective when integrated with paleobotanical and coal-petrographic data. Examples of previous studies of Miocene, Carboniferous, and Paleogene coal beds illustrate the methods and results. Palynological age determinations and correlations of deposits are also important in coal systems analysis to establish stratigraphic setting. Application to studies of coalbed methane generation shows potential because certain kinds of pollen are associated with gas-prone lithotypes. ??2005 Geological Society of America.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Palynology in coal systems analysis-The key to floras, climate, and stratigraphy of coal-forming environments
Series title:
Special Paper of the Geological Society of America
DOI:
10.1130/0-8137-2387-6.51
Issue:
387
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Special Paper of the Geological Society of America
First page:
51
Last page:
58
Number of Pages:
8