GIS representation of coal-bearing areas in Africa

Metadata Updated: December 4, 2018

This report is a digital compilation of information on Africa's coal-bearing geology found in the literature and is intended to be used in small scale spatial investigations in a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and as a visual aid for the discussion of Africa's coal resources. The African continent contains approximately 5% of the world's proven recoverable reserves of coal (World Energy Council, 2007). A review of academic and industrial literature indicates that 27 nations in Africa contain coal-bearing rock. Existing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) digital geology datasets provide the majority of the base geologic polygons in this dataset. Polygons for the coal-bearing localities were clipped from the base geology that properly represented the age and extent of the coal deposit as indicated in the literature. This dataset includes information regarding the rank, age and location of coal in Africa as well as the detailed source information responsible for each coal-bearing polygon. This product is not appropriate for use in resource assessments of any kind.

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Metadata Date October 8, 2008
Metadata Created Date December 1, 2018
Metadata Updated Date December 4, 2018
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2008 (publication)
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date October 8, 2008
Metadata Created Date December 1, 2018
Metadata Updated Date December 4, 2018
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2008 (publication)
Responsible Party Eastern Energy Resources Team, United States Geological Survey (Point of Contact)
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Access Constraints Use Constraints: Data should not be used beyond the source scale (approx. 1:5,000,000) or for assessments of African coal., Access Constraints: None.
Bbox East Long 46.480528
Bbox North Lat 34.415945
Bbox South Lat -31.722256
Bbox West Long -16.372765
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Licence This publication was prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed in this report, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. Although all data and software published are used by the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the U.S. Geological Survey as to the accuracy of the data and related materials and (or) the functioning of the software. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of these data, software, or related materials.
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Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
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Spatial Harvester true
Temporal Extent Begin 2007-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2008-01-01

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