Topics in coal geochemistry—Short course

Open-File Report 2018-1145
Prepared in collaboration with Servicio Geológico Colombiano, Bogotá, Colombia



This short course was prepared at the request of Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC) as a module for staff training. Prior to the short course, the SGC expressed interest in receiving training in (1) geochemistry and quality of coal; (2) geochemistry of trace elements in coal; (3) mercury and halogens in coal; (4) characterization and cycling of atmospheric mercury; (5) mercury, trace elements, and organic constituents in atmospheric fine particulate matter; (6) mercury in coal and the effect of coal quality on mercury emissions from combustion systems; (7) environmental and health effects related to coal use; and (8) related topics in coal combustion processes. A five-session short course was prepared that addressed all but the engineering aspects of coal use. In the sections that follow, topic overviews are given for the material that was presented. Brief descriptions of each slide are given in appendix 1, and the actual short course material, presented as a series of PowerPoint slides, is included in Portable Document Format (PDF) as appendix 2.

Suggested Citation

Kolker, A., 2018, Topics in coal geochemistry—Short course: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1145, 31 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4
  • Session 5
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1
  • Appendix 2
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Topics in coal geochemistry—Short course
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2018-1145
DOI 10.3133/ofr20181145
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description Report: x, 31 p.; Appendix
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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