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23-billion ton ultra large coal field discovered in China's Turfan Basin
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17:28, November 21, 2008

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After efforts by geological exploration teams for over a year, an ultra large coal field with a forecasted 23 billion tons of total reserve was found in the famous Turfan Basin in China.

Reporters learnt from the Department of Land and Resources of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region that, the newly-discovered coal field is located in the Sha'er Lake in Piqan County of Turfan Region in Xinjiang.

The coal mine occupies an area of over 300 square kilometers with a gross minable thickness of 169.69 meters, and a coal bearing ratio of 29%, with the largest coal bed being 141.91 meters thick in a single layer.

In China, a coal field with over 50 million tons of reserve is defined as an ultra large coal field. Sha'er Lake coal field has a forecasted reserve of 23 billion tons placing it into the category of an ultra large coal field at the national level. The People's Government of Autonomous Region has now listed Sha'er Lake as the key coal exploration area in Xinjiang, and it will be deployed, explored and excavated with an overall plan.

By People's Daily Online

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