Anthrasite Coal

Virtual Museum ID: 19-DV09

Specimen Summary

Coal is a kind of sedimentary rock made almost entirely of carbon, formed as decaying plants are buried and gradually transformed to rock over time. Variable amounts of other elements, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur, are also present in coal. At first, the decaying organic matter forms peat, then lignite and eventually, after millions of years, coal. If heating and compaction continue, or the coal is subjected to high temperatures and pressures, anthracite will ultimately form. Coal is usually found as long thin beds, called seams, which are either mined underground or in large open pits.

Specimen Data


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Collection Details

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Drifter Ventures Ltd. (DV)

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Location Information

Sample Origin:

Klapann Mountain, B.C.

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09 (NAD 83)

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Anthrasite Coal

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Advanced Geological Information


The following section provides geological data relating to the specimen or the site it was collected from, when available. Information has been obtained from various sources including private and government datasets but may not be up to date. Any geological time periods or ages listed often relate to the primary geology of the area, and may not be the actual date of an event such as mineral formation.

Geological Formation:

Bowser Lake Group

Geological Period:

Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous

Stratigraphic Age:

163.5 - 100.5 Million Years Ago

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Geological Terrane:

Overlap Assemblage

Minfile ID:

104H 039

Site Details:

Showings in this area are hosted by rocks mapped by Evenchick and Thorkelson (Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 577) as the Groundhog-Gunanoot assemblage, the main coal-bearing unit of the Bowser Lake Group. The Groundhog-Gunanoot is a deltaic assemblage, consisting of sandstone, siltstone, and carbonaceous and calcareous sandstone, with minor conglomerate and coal. The beds in the Upper Klappan area are folded into synclines and anticlines with axial planes that strike about 135 degrees. Axial plane traces are locally bent, indicating at least two deformational episodes.

Gulf Canada acquired the Mount Klappan property in 1981. They explored the Upper Klappan area (referred to as Little Klappan in 1982, then combined with area to the south and renamed the Nass Area in 1983 and 1986) with aerial reconnaissance, ground mapping, and 18 trenches with a total length of 64.5 metres. Nine coal seams were identified with seam thicknesses varying from 0.86 to 3.96 metres (Coal Assessment Reports 111,710 and 722). Gulf used the term "Klappan sequence" for the main coal-bearing unit in the greater Mount Klappan area.

Dawson and Ryan (Geological Survey of Canada 2555) trenched and sampled in three locations in the Upper Klappan area in 1991. Coal seam thicknesses at those trenches ranged from 0.40 to 5.8 metres, and vitrinite reflectance values ranging from 3.4 to 4.83 per cent RMax (anthracite rank).

See Arctos (MINFILE 104H 021) for further discussion of the history of formation nomenclature of the Bowser Lake Group.

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