Re: Sulphur, Forams and Partings in Coal

From: Bill Payne <>
Date: Mon Jan 19 2004 - 22:29:33 EST

On Sun, 4 Jan 2004 22:48:50 -0700 "Kevin Sharman" <>

{KS replies} Please describe a mechanism for accumulating mats of peat
hundreds of feet thick in the pre-flood timeframe, which I understand to
be a few thousand years, using modern rates of peat accumulation which
you quoted on Nov. 28, 2003:

Looking at the data, I am driven towards a floating-mat model for
deposition of Pennsylvanian coals. So far, I am thinking that this model
will also work for your Cretaceous coals. My best guess for the
formation of thick mats is a massive wave which overtopped the
continents, ripping up all vegetation as it went, and depositing it in
continental seas. Again, I'm not concerned with the timeframe at this

{KS} Are you contending that the interseam sediments (up to 30 meters
thick between seams) are turbidites?

{BP} I would say that the interseam sediments are subaqueous deposits,
as are the coals. They may not be turbidites.

{KS} I noticed that you have not answered my question about how you
would dilute the seawater underneath a floating mat to produce a low
sulphur coal. Are you still thinking about it?

{BP} Inland seas might become fresh water with sufficient, torrential
rains. Or, if the sea only had one outlet to the ocean, it would be
fresh water in the first place.


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