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.
Pierce, P.E., 2021, Surface-mining modeling for USGS coal assessments: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1059, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211059.
ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Surface-mining modeling for USGS coal assessments|
|Series title||Open-File Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Central Energy Resources Science Center|
|Description||iv, 13 p.|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|