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  1. #1 HE HE HE, It's old westwind again. Coal seams in West Wyoming. 
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    Is it co-incidental, or is it me, but these Coal Deposits were created about the same time as the Asteroid impacted the Gulf of Mexico. Sixty Five million years ago, or thereabouts. Maybe these two events are connected. Maybe the conditions were set up by the Asteroid strike to set in place the peat swamps including the destruction of forest material that started the compaction into coal. What part, if any, did the Ice Age have in this Coal formation? Any thoughts would be appreciated. westwind.


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    The last ice age had no involvement in the coal formation at all. Remember there is a 65 million year gap between the two events.

    As for the formation of the swamps it may have been affected in part by the impact but I have not looked into it. if anything I have a feeling it would be a greater plant die off rate for a little while after the impact but thats maybe about it.


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    Dear Paleoichneum. We are Harvesting a product created in Ancient History from Earth Sciences. Our Coal deposits are finite. In another 65 million years will there be deposits of coal formed and layed down in the present era? The answer of course is probably not. The conditions for Coal Formation no longer exist. Will they ever exist again? What are future Earthlings going to do when there are no longer any Natural Resources to be exploited? We have to get our thinking caps on here. Can we synthetically create Coal like properties into a useable form, or must we concentrate our energies on entirely new concepts of Energy Resources? westwind.
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    What do you mean they no longer exist? Coal deposits are generally swamp deposits and have been formed as young as, off the top of my head, the Eocene. In no more then 40 million years there will be new deposits.

    It is better to go with renewable resources in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by westwind View Post
    Is it co-incidental, or is it me, but these Coal Deposits were created about the same time as the Asteroid impacted the Gulf of Mexico. Sixty Five million years ago, or thereabouts. Maybe these two events are connected. Maybe the conditions were set up by the Asteroid strike to set in place the peat swamps including the destruction of forest material that started the compaction into coal. What part, if any, did the Ice Age have in this Coal formation? Any thoughts would be appreciated. westwind.
    it's rather a question of existing forests and orogeny phases. When forests get overthrusted they will become coal.
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