Appalachian anthracites

James C. Hower, Jeffrey R. Levine, James W. James, Eric J. Daniels, Sharon E. Lewis, Alan Davis, Ralph J. Gray, Stephen P. Altaner

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Detailed investigations of Carboniferous anthracites in three Appalachian coalfields have revealed important insights into the regional geology of the three areas with distinct tectonic and thermal histories. Specific geologic information obtained from coal studies includes: paleoburial depths, thrusting sequence, and influence of hydrothermal fluids. This discussion summarizes numerous studies of anthracite fields from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts and Rhode Island in order of increasing metamorphism with emphasis on tectonic and thermal history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-642
Number of pages24
JournalOrganic Geochemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1993


  • Appalachians
  • anthracite
  • metamorphism
  • tectonics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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