Apr. 9, 2009 (China Knowledge) - A huge coal field with 3 billion tons of coal reserves was discovered at Aiding Lake, China's lowest altitude lake, in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, said the Xinjiang Bureau of Coal Geology yesterday.
The coal bed is 16 km by 10 km, and is predicted to be 10 to 22 meters deep.
The local bureau, which began exploration of the lake in February, said that there are probably more coal beds in areas around the lake, and estimated a total potential reserve of more than 27 billion tons in the region.
Reportedly, Xinjiang has an estimated coal reserve of 2.2 trillion tons, which would represent 40% of the country's total.
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