Trace Elements in West Virginia Coals
Stratigraphic Distribution of Uranium (U)
The stratigraphic distribution of Uranium (U) shows little variation
in the coal beds of West Virginia with most coals averaging less than 2
ppm on a whole coal basis. Coal beds of the Lower Pennsylvanian show slightly
higher uranium contents than coals of the Middle and Upper Pennsylvanian.
Major West Virginia coals have low uranium contents. Individual samples
of the Harlem, Redstone and Sewickley coals contained anomalous high
uranium contents, with four Sewickley coal samples containing greater than
10 ppm (see cautionary note page).
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