The geology, mineralogy, petrography, and geochemistry of the Miocene Dursunbey coal within fluvio-lacustrine deposits, Balikesir (Western Turkey)

KARAYİĞİT A. İ. , Bircan C., OSKAY R. G. , Turkmen I., Querol X.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COAL GEOLOGY, vol.228, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 228
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.coal.2020.103548


The Dursunbey coalfield, a typical example of coalfields in the western Anatolia, hosts a mineable coal seam (about 9.0-m coal thickness) with altered tuff layers within early Miocene fluvio-lacustrine sequences. The aim of this study is to identify peat-accumulation conditions and factors controlling the mineralogy and geochemistry of this seam. The standard coal features and petrographical, mineralogical, and elemental compositions display changes throughout the seam. Ash yields display decreasing trends towards to the upper parts of seam, while total C contents and gross calorific values are increasing. Furthermore, the coal-facies patterns evidence changes of depositional conditions and vegetation in the palaeomires. During initial stages of peat accumulation, the contribution of herbaceous peat-forming plants were more common and palaeomires were open to detrital inputs, whereas woody peat-forming were becoming predominant, and the water table was stable and high, which caused development of anoxic conditions, during late stages. Therefore, the content of detrital minerals, such as quartz and clay minerals (illite, smectite, and chlorite) increases in the lower parts of seam, while that of pyrite increases in the upper parts. In addition, the SEM-EDX data show that matrices of clay mineral aggregates are illitic in composition in the lower parts of seam, while those of smectite prevalence are more common below and above altered tuff layers. Interestingly, authigenic rhomboid K-feldspar grains are observed within smectite clay aggregates in the samples from the upper parts of seam. Framboidal pyrite grains and clusters were also commonly identified from these samples as well. This data shows that synchronous volcanic inputs were altered within a hydrologically closed system under slight acidic to neutral conditions during late syngenetic stages.