This textbook deals with various fuel minerals and resources such as coal, lignite, petroleum, natural gas, coal bed methane, atomic minerals and water, and discusses various related aspects including geological occurrence, distribution, resource, reserves and potential, requirements and existing gaps, industrial uses, etc. Besides, coal beneficiation, underground coal gasification, mining technology, etc. have also been described in detail.
The subject matter of the book is divided into five sections for focused study of pertinent issues in the subject. Section A describes conventional and non-conventional energy resources of India. Section B discusses coal resources elaborately. It comprises origin and occurrence, petrology, nomenclature, grading, hydrogenation, underground coal gasification, coal beneficiation/preparation, exploration and mining technology. Section C describes petroleum resources and discusses various petroliferous sedimentary basins, reservoirs, well spacing, along with details on evolution, R and D and prospects of oil industry. Section D is comprised of surface and underground water potential and their development. Section E provides comprehensive discussion on atomic minerals with particular reference to uranium minerals.
The book is meant for the students, teachers and researchers of Geology, Geography, Environmental Science and Mining Engineering at university level. It will also be of immense help to students preparing for competitive examinations like UGC-CSIR (NET), GATE and SLET for JRF and lectureship eligibility in universities and colleges as well as GSI, ONGC, OIL, CIL, CGWB, NMDC, etc. and also for administrative services (IAS, IPS, IFS, PCS, etc.)