WVGES Trace Elements in West Virginia Coals

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The stratigraphic distribution of Boron (B) reveals low B values in low volatile bituminous rank coals of the Lower Pennsylvanian (Pocahontas, New River and lower Kanawha Formations), moderate B abundances in Middle Pennsylvanian coals of the middle and upper Kanawha Formation and Allegheny Group and high B abundances in coals of the Conemaugh, Monongahela and Dunkard Groups.  Apparently metamorphism mechanisms that increased coal rank and lowered volatile matter in West Virginia coals also lower B contents, resulting in a close relationship between rank (volatile matter on a moisture, mineral-matter-free basis) and B content.
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