Clausthalite in coal

James C. Hower, J. David Robertson

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A lead selenide mineral, tentatively identified as clausthalite (PbSe) based on optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDAX), electron microprobe, and scanning proton microprobe (SPM), has been described in a number of coals. Whileclausthalite has been mentioned as a possible source of Se in coal, it is present in such small quantities and sizes, that the mineral identification has not been absolutely confirmed. The mineral specimens examined in this study would contribute, not only to the Pb and Se concentrations in the coal, but also, in at least one case, to Hg concentrations.copy; 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Coal Geology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Clausthalite
  • Coal
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Selenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Stratigraphy


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