Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective

Volume 2: Photographs and Multimedia Tours

Edited by

  • Glenn B. Stracher, East Georgia State College, Swainsboro, GA, USA
  • Anupma Prakash, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA
  • Ellina V. Sokol, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia

Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective is a compelling collection of research conducted by scientists and engineers around the world. It presents the scientific and industrial communities as well as the interested lay reader with studies about prehistoric as well as historic coal and peat fires and magnificent illustrations of such fires and related research from countries around the world-a totally new contribution to science. The second of four volumes in the collection, Photographs and Multimedia Tours features stunning photographs from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Northern China, India, Borneo, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, the United States, and more. This essential reference also includes a companion website with a collection of slide presentations and videos about coal and peat fires.
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Mineralogists, petrologists, coal geologists, geophysicists, mining engineers, environmental and remote sensing scientists, and anyone involved in technical aspects of coal mining, coal fires, and combustion metamorphism.


Book information

  • Published: September 2012
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-59412-9


"This is the first of four volumes devoted to what might seem like a narrow topic, and yet coal and peat fires involve a confluence of subjects and hold substantial interest for a wide and international audience of scientists and engineers as well as students and the general public. Coverage of the socioeconomic and geoenvironmental impacts as well as the technical aspects of mining and the catastrophic fires themselves make this text suitable for fire, environmental, and remote sensing scientists as well as petrologists, coal geologists, and geophysicists; industry personnel; and anyone interested in pollution and the by-products of combustion." -- Reference and Research Book News, February 2013

"Volume 2 of this encyclopedic work (Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective) has recently been published by Elsevier. This 554 page volume contains 24 chapters describing fires in 23 countries. The informative discussions are beautifully enhanced with more than 1100 illustrations, most in full color! Associated with this tome is an extraordinary array of on-line photographs, movies, radio talk show discussions, slide presentations, etc. related to coal and peat fires. This volume is not only an important scientific contribution and a work of art but it is what every scholarly book should be - a total sensory immersion into a fascinating topic." -- Dr. Robert B. Finkelman, Research Professor in the Dept. of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas and an Adjunct Professor at the China University of Geosciences, Beijing

Table of Contents

  1. Bowen Basin and Hunter Valley, Australia--Stuart J. Day
  2. Fire Mountain and Mud Volcanoes of Azerbaijan--Yevgeny Vapnik
  3. Spontaneous Combustion of Canadian Coals--Hamed Sanei , Jesse Carrie , Fari Goodarzi
  4. Wuda and Ruqigou Coalfield Fires of Northern China--Glenn B. Stracher, Claudia Kuenzer, Christoph Hecker, Jianzhong Zhang, Paul A. Schroeder, John K. McCormack
  5. Clinker at El Cerrejón Coal Mine, Colombia: Characteristics and Potential Uses--Jhon A. Quintero, Carlos A. Ríos, Glenn B. Stracher
  6. Czech Republic--Zdenek Klika, Peter Martinec
  7. Combustion at Dorset, Wessex Coast of Southern England--Yevgeny Vapnik
  8. Coal Fires of Northern and Massif Central, France--M. Naze-Nancy Masalehdani, Yves Paquette
  9. The Burning Anna-I Coal Mine Dump, Germany--Frank de Wit, Thomas Witzke, Günter Blaß, Uwe Kolitsch
  10. India--Anupma Prakash, Sheochand Prasad, Ashwani Raju
  11. Indonesian Coal Fires of East Kalimantan, Borneo--Glenn B. Stracher, Alfred E. Whitehouse, Asep A. S. Mulyana, Paul A. Schroeder, John K. McCormack
  12. Combustion Metamorphic "Bifacial Stone Tool Workshop," Har Parsa, Hatrurim Basin, Israel--Yevgeny Vapnik, Jacob Vardi
  13. The Peat Fires of Italy--Giovanni Martinelli, Stefano Cremonini, Eleonora Samonati
  14. Mud Volcanism and Gas Combustion in the Yli Depression, Southeastern Kazakhstan--Ilia L. Fishman, Yuliya I. Kazakova, Ellina V. Sokol, Glenn B. Stracher, Svetlana N. Kokh, Oleg P. Polyansky, Yevgeny Vapnik, Yelena White, Kalik O. Bajadilov
  15. Coal-Waste Dump Fires of Poland--Magdalena Misz-Kennan, Justyna Ciesielczuk, Adam Tabor
  16. The Douro Coalfield Fires of Portugal--Joana Ribeiro, Rui Moura, Deolinda Flores, Duarte B. Lopes, Carlos Gouveia, Sérgio Mendonça, Orlando Frazão
  17. Paleo-Coal Fires in the Western Dacic Basin, Romania--Sorin-Corneliu Rădan, Silviu Rădan
  18. Ancient Coal Fires, Combustion Metamorphic Rocks, and Minerals from the Kuznetsk Coal Basin, West Siberia, Russia--Sophia A. Korzhova, Victor V. Sharygin, Igor S. Sharygin, Svetlana N. Kokh, Ellina V. Sokol, Ekaterina A. Simonova, Andrei A. Peturov
  19. Russian Peat Fires--Tatiana Minaeva, Andrey Sirin
  20. Self-Sustained Smoldering Combustion of a Coal Waste Heap in Scotland--Keith W. Torrance, Guillermo Rein, Christine Switzer, Rory Hadden, Claire M. Belcher, Ricky Carvel
  21. Witbank and Free State Coalfield Fires of South Africa--Glenn B. Stracher, Robert B. Finkelman, Paul A. Schroeder, John K. McCormack, Denis Pone, Harold Annegarn
  22. Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park and Guadiana River Peat Fires of Spain--Luis Moreno, M. Emilia Jiménez
  23. United States Coal Fires--Glenn B. Stracher, Mark Engle, James C. Hower, Anupma Prakash, Russell H. Bartley, Sylvia Bartley, Paul A. Schroeder, Nan Lindsley-Griffin, John Styers, Melissa A. Barnes (Nolter), Edward L. Heffern
  24. La Cuesta, Lobatera, and Paso Diablo Coal Fires of Venezuela--Manuel Martínez, Gonzalo Márquez

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