Petrologic components in coal and their groupings


Petrologic components in coal and their groupings

Table
Petrologic components (macerals) in coal and their groupings
maceral grouping
in Europe macerals maceral grouping
in the United States
name in
Europe* name in the
United States**
vitrinite telinite megascopic anthraxylon
attrital anthraxylon anthraxylon
collinite subanthraxylon
humic matter
light brown matter translucent attritus
liptinite*** resinite red resins
yellow resins
cerinite amorphous wax
sporinite (exinite) spore coats
cutinite cuticles
suberinite suberin
alginite algal bodies
inertinite massive micrinite dark brown matter
amorphous opaque matter opaque attritus
granular micrinite granular opaque matter
sclerotinite fusinized fungal matter petrologic fusain
semifusinite dark semifusain
fusinite attrital fusain
megascopic fusain
*The majority of these names originated with M.C. Stopes (1935) and were adopted by the International Geological Congresses (1935 and 1951) at Heerlen, Netherlands.
**These names are mainly from R. Thiessen.
***Formerly exinite. Name change in accordance with Taylor et al.
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