Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective

Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective, 1st Edition

Volume 2: Photographs and Multimedia Tours

Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective, 1st Edition,Glenn B. Stracher,Anupma Prakash,Ellina V. Sokol,ISBN9780444594129

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  • Authored by world-renowned experts in coal and peat fires
  • Global in scope—countries from all of the world are represented
  • Beautiful full-color illustrations and online materials including research data banks, an interactive online world map of coal and peat fires, multi-media presentations, and videos bring the contents to life


Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective is a compelling collection of research conducted by scientists and engineers around the world. It presents the scientific and industrial communities as well as the interested lay reader with studies about prehistoric as well as historic coal and peat fires and magnificent illustrations of such fires and related research from countries around the world—a totally new contribution to science. The second of four volumes in the collection, Photographs and Multimedia Tours features stunning photographs from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Northern China, India, Borneo, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, the United States, and more. This essential reference also includes a companion website with a collection of slide presentations and videos about coal and peat fires.


Mineralogists, petrologists, coal geologists, geophysicists, mining engineers, environmental and remote sensing scientists, and anyone involved in technical aspects of coal mining, coal fires, and combustion metamorphism.

Glenn B. Stracher

Dr. Glenn B. Stracher is Professor Emeritus of Geology and Physics at East Georgia State College, University System of Georgia, Swainsboro, Georgia, USA. After receiving his M.S. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geology and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Nebraska, he served as a Lady Davis Scholar at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He was also nominated by the United Nations as a Fulbright Scholar while in graduate school before completing his postdoctoral work in Israel. Dr. Stracher is the former chair of the Geological Society of America’s Coal Geology Division and served on the society’s External Awards Committee. He is the co-author of three chemical thermodynamics books, published in English and Japanese and taught graduate level courses in this subject at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In 2010, he was named a University System of Georgia “Shining Star,” by the state’s Board of Regents, for excellence in research and teaching. In 2015, he was named a Geological Society of America Fellow for his contributions to coal-fires science. Trained as a structural geologist, mineralogist, and metamorphic petrologist, the main focus of his research since 1995; and for which he is internationally known, is coal fires burning around the world. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed publications about coal fires, he has convened coal-fires symposia with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America (GSA), and led four GSA National coal-fires field trips. Dr. Stracher is the editor of the Geological Society of America book, Geology of Coal Fires: Case Studies from Around the World. He also edited the International Journal of Coal Geology special publication, Coal Fires Burning Around the World: A Global Catastrophe. His latest project is a four-volume book published by Elsevier and entitled Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective http://www.elsevierdirect.com/brochures/coalpeatfires/index.html The China University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou, Jiangsu, has invited him to teach short courses about coal and peat fires using this four-volume book. He has also received an invitation to visit and do research at Tianjin University in China. Dr. Stracher appears in two National Geographic Channel (NGC) movies about coal-fires: Wild Fires, part of a seven part NGC series entitled Built for Destruction, and the more recent movie, Underground Inferno, that has won several international film-festival awards. Currently, he is working with historian Timo Hauge at the German Mining Museum in Bochum, Germany, on a permanent display about mine fires. The display in the 37,000 square foot museum will open in 2018 and feature much of Dr. Stracher’s work, as well as photos taken by Glenn and Janet Stracher during their numerous field expeditions. The German Mining Museum is the most famous mining museum in the world. The web address of the museum is: http://www.bergbaumuseum.de/index.php/en.

Affiliations and Expertise

East Georgia State College, Swainsboro, GA, USA

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Anupma Prakash

Anupma Prakash is Professor of Remote Sensing Geology and Geophysics at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA. After receiving her M.Sc. degree in Geology from Lucknow University, India, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee, India, she moved to the Netherlands to work for the International Institute of Geo-information Surveys and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands. She is internationally recognized for her research on the use of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) techniques for investigating surface and underground coal mine fires. Her coal fire research involves fire detection, mapping, monitoring, depth estimation, characterization and quantitative estimation of environmental impacts.

Affiliations and Expertise

Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA

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Ellina V. Sokol

Ellina Sokol is a distinguished research scientist at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, Siberia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia

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Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective, 1st Edition

Volume 2: Photographs and Multimedia Tours

  1. Bowen Basin and Hunter Valley, Australia--Stuart J. Day
  2. Fire Mountain and Mud Volcanoes of Azerbaijan--Yevgeny Vapnik
  3. Spontaneous Combustion of Canadian Coals--Hamed Sanei , Jesse Carrie , Fari Goodarzi
  4. Wuda and Ruqigou Coalfield Fires of Northern China--Glenn B. Stracher, Claudia Kuenzer, Christoph Hecker, Jianzhong Zhang, Paul A. Schroeder, John K. McCormack
  5. Clinker at El Cerrejón Coal Mine, Colombia: Characteristics and Potential Uses--Jhon A. Quintero, Carlos A. Ríos, Glenn B. Stracher
  6. Czech Republic--Zdenek Klika, Peter Martinec
  7. Combustion at Dorset, Wessex Coast of Southern England--Yevgeny Vapnik
  8. Coal Fires of Northern and Massif Central, France--M. Naze-Nancy Masalehdani, Yves Paquette
  9. The Burning Anna-I Coal Mine Dump, Germany--Frank de Wit, Thomas Witzke, Günter Blaß, Uwe Kolitsch
  10. India--Anupma Prakash, Sheochand Prasad, Ashwani Raju
  11. Indonesian Coal Fires of East Kalimantan, Borneo--Glenn B. Stracher, Alfred E. Whitehouse, Asep A. S. Mulyana, Paul A. Schroeder, John K. McCormack
  12. Combustion Metamorphic "Bifacial Stone Tool Workshop," Har Parsa, Hatrurim Basin, Israel--Yevgeny Vapnik, Jacob Vardi
  13. The Peat Fires of Italy--Giovanni Martinelli, Stefano Cremonini, Eleonora Samonati
  14. Mud Volcanism and Gas Combustion in the Yli Depression, Southeastern Kazakhstan--Ilia L. Fishman, Yuliya I. Kazakova, Ellina V. Sokol, Glenn B. Stracher, Svetlana N. Kokh, Oleg P. Polyansky, Yevgeny Vapnik, Yelena White, Kalik O. Bajadilov
  15. Coal-Waste Dump Fires of Poland--Magdalena Misz-Kennan, Justyna Ciesielczuk, Adam Tabor
  16. The Douro Coalfield Fires of Portugal--Joana Ribeiro, Rui Moura, Deolinda Flores, Duarte B. Lopes, Carlos Gouveia, Sérgio Mendonça, Orlando Frazão
  17. Paleo-Coal Fires in the Western Dacic Basin, Romania--Sorin-Corneliu Radan, Silviu Radan
  18. Ancient Coal Fires, Combustion Metamorphic Rocks, and Minerals from the Kuznetsk Coal Basin, West Siberia, Russia--Sophia A. Korzhova, Victor V. Sharygin, Igor S. Sharygin, Svetlana N. Kokh, Ellina V. Sokol, Ekaterina A. Simonova, Andrei A. Peturov
  19. Russian Peat Fires--Tatiana Minaeva, Andrey Sirin
  20. Self-Sustained Smoldering Combustion of a Coal Waste Heap in Scotland--Keith W. Torrance, Guillermo Rein, Christine Switzer, Rory Hadden, Claire M. Belcher, Ricky Carvel
  21. Witbank and Free State Coalfield Fires of South Africa--Glenn B. Stracher, Robert B. Finkelman, Paul A. Schroeder, John K. McCormack, Denis Pone, Harold Annegarn
  22. Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park and Guadiana River Peat Fires of Spain--Luis Moreno, M. Emilia Jiménez
  23. United States Coal Fires--Glenn B. Stracher, Mark Engle, James C. Hower, Anupma Prakash, Russell H. Bartley, Sylvia Bartley, Paul A. Schroeder, Nan Lindsley-Griffin, John Styers, Melissa A. Barnes (Nolter), Edward L. Heffern
  24. La Cuesta, Lobatera, and Paso Diablo Coal Fires of Venezuela--Manuel Martínez, Gonzalo Márquez

Online Chapters
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Quotes and reviews

"This is the first of four volumes devoted to what might seem like a narrow topic, and yet coal and peat fires involve a confluence of subjects and hold substantial interest for a wide and international audience of scientists and engineers as well as students and the general public. Coverage of the socioeconomic and geoenvironmental impacts as well as the technical aspects of mining and the catastrophic fires themselves make this text suitable for fire, environmental, and remote sensing scientists as well as petrologists, coal geologists, and geophysicists; industry personnel; and anyone interested in pollution and the by-products of combustion." -- Reference and Research Book News, February 2013

"Volume 2 of this encyclopedic work (Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective) has recently been published by Elsevier. This 554 page volume contains 24 chapters describing fires in 23 countries. The informative discussions are beautifully enhanced with more than 1100 illustrations, most in full color! Associated with this tome is an extraordinary array of on-line photographs, movies, radio talk show discussions, slide presentations, etc. related to coal and peat fires. This volume is not only an important scientific contribution and a work of art but it is what every scholarly book should be - a total sensory immersion into a fascinating topic." -- Dr. Robert B. Finkelman, Research Professor in the Dept. of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas and an Adjunct Professor at the China University of Geosciences, Beijing

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