Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective is a compelling collection of research conducted by scientists and
engineers around the world. The first of four volumes in the collection, Coal – Geology and Combustion, features chapters that discuss the origin of coal and coal fires; mining and use of coal; combustion and coal petrology; environmental and health impacts of coal fires; combustion by-products; geochemical, geophysical, and engineering methodologies for studying coal fires; the control, extinguishment, and political implications of coal fires; and much more.
"This is one of the most comprehensive books ever published on the important topic of coal and peat fires. These fires, besides being an enormous economic loss for the countries concerned, are one of the major causes of environmental pollution, as the carbon dioxide released by the millions of tons of coal that are lost each year by spontaneous combustion, is a major contributor to global change… This book deserves a place in every university library as well as in the library of research institutes, and on the bookshelf of managers/decision makers concerned with global change and the environment. Readers who want to know a bit more about this topic before purchasing a copy (it is rather expensive) can first read the research paper in Volume 1 Number 1 of the International Journal of Digital Earth, which has a section on underground coal fires in relation to digital earth on page 55, with some 3-D examples (Shupeng and van Genderen 2008)."--International Journal of Digital Earth, October 2012, page 458-9