West Virginia University’s Christopher J. Bise, Robert E. Murray Chairman of Mining Engineering, recently edited the textbook Modern American Coal Mining: Methods and Applications.

The book, which was published in November by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, covers a full range of coal mining and coal industry topics, with chapters written by leading coal mining industry professionals and academicians. Highlights from the book include coal resources and distribution, mine design, advances in strata control and power systems, improvements in surface mining, ventilation to reduce fires and explosions, drilling and blasting, staffing requirement ratios, management and preplanning, and coal preparation and reclamation.

“What makes this a unique text is the fact that most of the chapters, all of the case studies, and many of the technical reviews were conducted by former students, colleagues and friends of mine in the coal-mining industry from Penn State and WVU in a collaborative effort,” Bise said. “I sincerely hope that the text is considered to be a major contribution to the coal-mining profession for many years to come.”



CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
304.293.4086, Mary.Dillon@mail.wvu.edu

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