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This conference paper was originally published as Doyle, R, Geological Structures in Relation to Outburst Events, in Aziz, N (ed), Coal 2002: Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2002, 53-59.


In Australia irrespective of coal seam or coalfield, geological structures play a crucial role in the experience of having Instantaneous Outbursts. Identification of geological structures through concerted exploration activities, including drilling and remote techniques, or through the observations of both operators and geological personnel can allow for hazards to be identified and for precautionary measures to be implemented. This paper reviews; geological structures known to be associated with outbursts, some techniques used in the definition of such structures, and touches on the current procedures in place at mines that experience outburst phenomena or are concerned about such risks.

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