Best Refereed Paper in Coal and Hydrocarbon Source Rock Geochemistry

The Dal Swaine Award for Best Published paper is presented to the authors of the paper judged to be the best for the year in inorganic or organic geochemistry and/or mineralogy of coal or hydrocarbon source rocks. It was inaugurated in early 2010. The award is named in honor of Dr. Dalway J. Swaine (1920-2013), whose work over many years at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) included extensive work on multiple aspects of inorganics in coal. His published books include Trace Elements in Coal, Environmental Aspects of Trace Elements in Coal, and Biogeochemical Cycling of Mineral-forming Elements.
For any given year, the papers considered would have been published in the previous year, ie: for the 2013 award, papers published within the 2012 calendar year can be considered.


Geology, geochemistry, mineralogy and genesis of the Spetsugli high-germanium coal deposit in the Pavlovsk coalfield, Russian Far East by S.I. Arbuzov , I.Yu Chekryzhov, D.A. Spears, S.S. Ilenok , B.R. Soktoev , N.Yu Popov
Ore Geology Reviews 139; 104537.


Sedimentary basin evolution, gravity flows, volcanism, and their impacts on
the formation of the Lower Cretaceous oil shales in the Chaoyang Basin,
northeastern China by L. Li, Z. Liu, P. Sun, Y. Li, S.C. George
Marine and Petroleum Geology 119; 104472.


Geochemistry, mineralogy and genesis of rare metal (Nb-Ta-Zr-Hf-Y-REEGa) coals of the seam XI in the south of Kuznetsk Basin, Russia by S.I. Arbuzov, D.A. Spears, A.V. Vergunov, S.S. Ilenok, A.M. Mezhibor, V.P. Ivanov, and N.A. Zarubina
Ore Geology Reviews 113; 103073.


Submicron-scale mineralogy of lithotypes and the implications for trace element associations: Blue Gem coal, Knox County, Kentucky
by J.C. Hower, D. Berti, M.F. Hochella Jr, S.M. Rimmer, D.N. Taulbee
International Journal of Coal Geology, 192, pp. 73-82


The geochemistry of naturally occurring methane and saline groundwater in an area of unconventional shale gas development
by J.S. Harkness, T.H. Darrah, N.R. Warner, C.J. Whyte, M.T. Moore, R. Millot,
W. Kloppmann, R.B. Jackson, and A., Vengosh
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 208, pp. 302-334.


A review of anomalous rare earth elements and yttrium in coal
by S. Dai, I.T. Graham and C.R. Ward
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2016, 159, pp. 82-95.


Priority pollutants and associated constituents in untreated and treated discharges from coal mining or processing facilities in Pennsylvania, USA
by C.A. Cravotta and K.B.C. Brady.
Applied Geochemistry 62, 2015, 108-130.


Marine influence helps preserve the oil potential of coaly source rocks: Eocene Mangahewa Formation, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand by Sykes, R., Volk, H., George, S.C., Ahmed, M., Higgs, K.E., Johansen, P.E., Snowdon, L.R.
Organic Geochemistry, 2014, vol. 66, p. 140-163.


The effect of coal bed dewatering and partial oxidation on biogenic methane potential by Elizabeth J.P. Jones, Steve H. Harris, Elliott P.Barnhart, William H. Orem, Arthur C. Clark, Margo D. Corum, Julie D. Kirshtein, Matthew S. Varonka, and Mary A. Voytek.
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2013, Volume 115, p. 54-63.


Pore size distribution and accessible pore size distribution in bituminous coals by Richard Sakurovs, Lilin He, Yuri B. Melnichenko, Andrzej P. Radlinski, Tomas Blach, Hartmut Lemmel, and David F.R. Mildner.
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2012, Volume 100, p. 51-64.


Alkane and PAH biomarkers as tracers of terrigenous organic carbon in Arctic Ocean sediments by Mark B. Yunker, Robie W. Macdonald, Lloyd R. Snowdon, Brian R. Fowler.
Organic Geochemistry, 2011, Volume 42, p. 1109-1146.


Geochemistry of modern carbonaceous sediments overlain by a water mass showing photic zone anoxia in the saline meromictic Lake Kai-ike, southwest Japan: I. Early diagenesis of organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus by Kosei E. Yamaguchi, Kazumasa Oguri, Nanako O. Ogawa, Saburo Sakai, Satoshi Hirano, Hiroshi Kitazato, Naohiko Ohkouchi.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2010, Volume 294, p. 72-82.


Reconstruction of floral changes during deposition of the Miocene Embalut coal from Kutai Basin, Mahakam Delta, East Kalimantan, Indonesia by use of aromatic hydrocarbon composition and stable carbon isotope ratios of organic matter by Sri Widodo, Achim Bechtel, Komang Anggayana, Wilhelm PĆ¼ttmann
Organic Geochemistry, 2009, Volume 40, p. 206-218.