Ediger, Volkan S., Berk, Istemi ORCID: 0000-0003-3507-2293 and Kosebalaban, Ayhan (2014). Lignite resources of Turkey: Geology, reserves, and exploration history. Int. J. Coal Geol., 132. S. 13 - 23. AMSTERDAM: ELSEVIER. ISSN 1872-7840

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This article aims to emphasize the importance of lignite, which is the mostly used domestic energy source in the Turkish energy mix, by briefly overviewing its geology, reserves, and exploration. Lignites are distributed in mostly continental sedimentary basins of Tertiary age all over the country. The lignite-bearing basins display the characteristics of different geological settings, of which grabens and half-grabens are the most common ones especially in western Anatolia. The geological and chemical characteristics of Turkish lignites do not only create some important problems during mining and coal preparation but also make them unfavorable for consumption. However, since they are the most valuable energy resource of the country they should benefit the economy in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way. Moreover, two most important conclusions of this study are as follows: firstly, reserve estimation practices in the country should definitely be revised to provide a more realistic evaluation of the country's lignite potential for developing medium- and long-term energy strategies and policies for decision- and policy-makers. Secondly, exploration and development activities should be coordinated by a single institution, most likely a government institution, as has been the case for some 50 years. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Berk, IstemiUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-3507-2293UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-426153
DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2014.06.008
Journal or Publication Title: Int. J. Coal Geol.
Volume: 132
Page Range: S. 13 - 23
Date: 2014
Publisher: ELSEVIER
Place of Publication: AMSTERDAM
ISSN: 1872-7840
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
JURASSIC COALSMultiple languages
Energy & Fuels; Geosciences, MultidisciplinaryMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/42615


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