I, Ankan Basu, started CoalGeology.Com when I first started working in the coal industry in 2006. I have gained nearly a decade of experience working with coal, geochemistry and hydrogeology specially in the USA and also, although limited, around the world.

Over the years, as I gained more and more experience with coal, exploration, mining, permitting, reserve studies and so on, and my level of expertise enriched, I successfully received my professional geologist certification from multiple US states – GA, KY, TN, VA, MO. I am also a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) by AIPG. I am a “Qualified Person” for coal reserve/resource studies.

I update this website when possible and share some of the most amazing experience I have with coal and related industry dealing with impact of mining, post hydrogeologic consequences, acid mine drainage and so on. With my strong background in both geochemistry and hydrogeology, I easily blend in any projects related to coal – be it 3D geologic modeling of the seam with CARLSON (SurvCAD), or conducting complicated Packer tests to determine hydrologic properties of the overburden strata.

Please, contact me for any of your consulting needs. I love challenging and interesting projects and try my best to find the most practical geologic solution for my clients. Please also join my twitter page and facebook page to keep in touch.

Contact: admin@coalgeology.com; phone: 3048884184

Ankan Basu, CPG, PG, SME Registered Member


  1. Leslie Glustrom

    US estimates of reserves of coal do not consider economic recoverability.

    Typically less than 20% of what the US Energy Information Admininistration (EIA in the Department of Energy) calls “reserves” are economically recoverable.

    The United States Geological Survery (“USGS”) has done a series of reports examining economic recoverability. Several of these are summarized in Chapter D of the National Coal Resource Assessment issued in June 2009 available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1625f/ .

    You’ll find a summary of economic recoverability of coal on page 12 of Chapter D of the NCRA. Chapter D is available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1625f/downloads/ChapterD.pdf .

    A full report as well as other resources examining the economic availability of US coal supplies and the remaining life of existing mines is available from http://www.cleanenergyaction.org.

    The direct link for the fully referenced report on US coal supplies is http://cleanenergyaction.org/coal-supplies.

  2. Adnan Syah

    I am from Indonesia as coal trader,if any request contact me thanks

  3. manish

    hi iam manish kumar working in a iron ore pellet plant,we are using,coal and furnance oil,dual burner in the kiln for heating green pillet which come from traveling grate.but while using furnance oil and coal for heating lots of accretion,are formed in the kiln.for 2.5ton of coal we are using 24000m^3/h air.so please tell me why the accretion are formed in kiln

  4. Thom Semms

    Thanks for a great, short, summary of coal! I’d show it to my grandson except he might “borrow” it for a term paper in science as it seems to fit parameters for what will be due at summer’s end… ha ha!)

    I notice you’re concerned with CO2 being released into the atmosphere. But CO2 is truly a minor part of the Earth temperature dynamics, and by far the major “greenhouse gas” is water vapor, which concetration tends to counteract CO2 changes. At least this is the theme presented in a simple essay “The Saturated Greenhouse Effect” (with references to original hard research) on friendsofscience (org or com?) in which the mainstream model shows warming of air at 6-13 km elevation over a broad equatorial zone – but it was recently shown NOT TO EXIST! So the basic model is wrong. And what is the correct model?

    Well, average Earth surface temperature is (except for radioactive decay inside the Earth) a matter of how much light and energy is REFLECTED back out. Reflection is enhanced by clouds that tend to be nucleated by cosmic particles, that are blown away by solar flares! the solar flare connection is developed nicely by a Prof at my alma mater (MIT) in a terrific video on youtube “The Great Global Warming Swindle” – have a look! (Oh, it is damned by some “greenie” folks!) It even traces the history of funding for “evil CO2” studies back to a British PM who hated coal mine unions. She aimed to close British coal

    Looking at Earth atmosphere going back to Precambrian times, I have evolved a view on energy that points to a dramatic way to deal with our largest energy need (and to solve or help in three other “problem” areas.) I write a book, of course… (ha ha.)

    Good luck in coal, we still need the stuff for many uses, and it is a very amazing window on past life.


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