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dc.contributor.authorWestman, Erik Christianen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:09:09Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:09:09Z
dc.date.issued1999-04-14en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-040899-151628en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/26708
dc.description.abstractCoal mining and timber are the two primary industries supporting the people of Southwest Virginia. Coal mining has occurred for more than 100 years, but production has dropped since reaching a peak in 1990. In order to properly plan with remaining coal production a study was conducted to characterize and estimate coal resources. Seam thickness was found to be the parameter which most influenced resource levels. An economic model was developed to determine which portion of the reserves could economically be extracted. It was found that 3.95 billion tons, or 14% of the remaining resource, is economic under current mining conditions. More than 60% of these reserves, however, are in deep seams which require shafts to be constructed prior to initiation of mining.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectVirginiaen_US
dc.subjectEconomic Modelen_US
dc.subjectCoal Resourcesen_US
dc.subjectCoal Reservesen_US
dc.titleA Characterization and Determination of the Coal Reserves and Resources of Southwest Virginiaen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMining and Minerals Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMining and Minerals Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHaycocks, Christopheren_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSuboleski, Stanleyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilson, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKarmis, Michael E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLuttrell, Gerald H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTopuz, Ertugrulen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-040899-151628/en_US
dc.date.sdate1999-04-08en_US
dc.date.rdate2000-04-27
dc.date.adate1999-04-27en_US


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