WVGES Trace Elements in West Virginia Coals

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The histogram of mercury content in all West Virginia coal beds shows a highly skewed distribution with a mean of 0.19 ppm (± 0.39 ppm) on a whole coal basis.  The maximum Hg content was 9.30 ppm in a thin, very high sulfur sample of the Harlem coal (see cautionary note page).  Mercury did not correlate with ash yield (r = +0.2715) and correlated only slightly with total sulfur (r = +0.6184) and arsenic (r = +0.5971), but correlated moderately with thallium (Tl) ( r = +0.7006, n = 335).
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