Coal Maps and Data

Downloadable GIS Data

Illinois Coal-Related GIS Shapefiles and Coal Stratigraphic Data – Digital coal resource shapefiles and raw database files available from the ISGS Coal Section. The listed shapefiles are the same ones that were used to construct the County Coal Map Series maps and Mined Out Area maps.

Illinois Coal Quality Data – Non-confidential coal quality data from over 5,800 samples in Illinois. North American Datum 1983 (NAD83) Longitude/Latitude unprojected coordinates in decimal degrees are provided. 4.0 MB Excel file

Downloadable Map Data

Downloadable Publications

Coal Industry Map

Coal Industry Map

This map shows the extent of Illinois' coal deposits; surface and underground mines, both active and inactive; coal transporation; and major coal-burning utilities.

2013 Coal Industry Map (pdf)

Current Publications: Mine Subsidence and Mining Information

Mine Subsidence in Illinois: Facts for Homeowners – Circular 569, 2013, 9 MB PDF file

Planned Coal Mine Subsidence in Illinois: A Public Information Booklet – Circular 573, 2008, 3 MB PDF file

The Proximity of Underground Mines to Urban and Developed Lands in Illinois

Circular 575, 2009, study provides maps and statistics per county on the proximity of both coal and non-coal underground-mined areas to urban development, and is an update of Treworgy and Hindman's 1991 study. The current report reflects newly available data coupled with a revised assessment methodology which incorporates a mine-depth, rules based approach within the spatial calculations, and provides the most detailed view to date of the exposure of housing units and developed land areas to the potential of mine subsidence.

Illinois Coal Mining Statistics – Coal production, coal mining productivity, coal-mined acreage, and coal resources available for mining. PDF file.

Current Publications: Coal Geology and Resources

Coal Geology of Illinois – A summary of the information on Illinois Coal Geology, including characteristics of Illinois Coal, both by region and major minable seams. Reprinted with permission from the Keystone Coal Industry Manual. 3.6 MB PDF file

Pennsylvanian Stratigraphic Column and Nomenclature currently in use by the Coal Section – A summary of references with changes in Pennsylvanian stratigraphic nomenclature at the ISGS since Bulletin 95. 225 KB PDF file

Paleoenvironments and Distribution of Low-Sulfur Coal in Illinois – Reprint 1986e, 1986, 800 KB PDF file

Availability of Coal Resources

Out of Print Coal Publications