The histogram of boron content in all West Virginia coal beds shows a highly skewed distribution with a mean of 20.10 ppm (± 16.11 ppm) on a whole coal basis. The skewed boron distribution is likely caused by a rank related decrease in B content lowering the B content of individual samples of medium and low volatile bituminous coals. A single very high B value of 216.7 ppm in a bench of the Coalburg coal was observed, but all other B values were less than 50 ppm. The only boron correlation observed was a moderate relationship (r = +0.6933) with the rank related volatile matter (on a moisture, mineral-matter-free basis).
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