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Calculation of coal resources using ARC/INFO and Earth Vision; methodology for the National Coal Resource Assessment

Open-File Report 99-5

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This report documents a comparison of two methods of resource calculation that are being used in the National Coal Resource Assessment project of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Tewalt (1998) discusses the history of using computer software packages such as GARNET (Graphic Analysis of Resources using Numerical Evaluation Techniques), GRASS (Geographic Resource Analysis Support System), and the vector-based geographic information system (GIS) ARC/INFO (ESRI, 1998) to calculate coal resources within the USGS. The study discussed here, compares resource calculations using ARC/INFO* (ESRI, 1998) and EarthVision (EV)* (Dynamic Graphics, Inc. 1997) for the coal-bearing John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation of Late Cretaceous age in the Kaiparowits Plateau of southern Utah. Coal resource estimates in the Kaiparowits Plateau using ARC/INFO are reported in Hettinger, and others, 1996.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Calculation of coal resources using ARC/INFO and Earth Vision; methodology for the National Coal Resource Assessment
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
99-5
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
7 p.