Cooperative Coal Geology Studies Underway

For 10 days, Illinois State Geological Survey scientists Scott Elrick and John Nelson collaborated with researchers Isabel Montañez from University of California-Davis and Neil Tabor from Southern Methodist University as well as their students. The group examined Illinois coal underclays, from core samples and at the mine, to determine their carbon and oxygen isotopes. Additionally, Elrick and Nelson collaborated with Bill DiMichele of the Smithsonian Institute and Howard Falcon-Lang of Royal Holloway, London, for nine days. This group conducted studies on the paleobotanical ecology of Pennsylvanian age peat mires and the depositional framework of Illinois' major coal beds.