Coal Exploration

Selected References - revised November, 2014

   These bibliographic references have been compiled as a TSOP project, and organic petrologists have found the references to be useful in their work. They should be available at university or geological research center libraries. They are not available from TSOP, except for those listed on our Publications page, or as part of the TSOP Newsletter.


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Buchanan, D.J., and L.J. Jackson, eds., 1986, Coal geophysics: Tulsa, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Geophysics Reprint Series 6, 466 p.

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Johnston, D.J., 1991, Interpreting wireline measurements in coal beds (abstract): AAPG Bulletin, v. 75, p. 1129-1130.

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