Stratigraphy, Depositional Environments, and Coalbed Methane Potential of Pennsylvanian Coals -- Bourbon Arch Region, Eastern Kansas

Kansas Geological Survey
Open-file Report 2003-51



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The first author thanks the Kansas Geological Survey for the opportunity and financial support of this Master’s thesis project. We acknowledge Anthony Walton, Larry Brady, Rex Buchanon, Marla Adkins-Heljeson, Bill Guy, Steve Hasiotis, Ed Washburn, Lianshuang Qi, and Matt Brown for comments and insight; and Ken Stalder for technical support. Various companies operating in Kansas provided log, core, and/or desorption data.

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