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Durham Coalfield is a coalfield in north-east England. It is continuous with the  Northumberland Coalfield to its north. It extends from Bishop Auckland in the south to the boundary with the county of Northumberland along the River Tyne in the north, beyond which is the Northumberland Coalfield. 
The two contiguous coalfield areas were often referred to as the
Durham and Northumberland Coalfield(s) or as the Great Northern Coalfield. 
Geology See also Geology of County Durham
The following coal seams are recorded from the Durham coalfield. They are listed here in stratigraphic order with the youngest at the top and the oldest/deepest at the bottom:
Upper Coal Measures
Middle Coal Measures
Durham Low Main
Lower Coal Measures
With the development of modern technology to produce energy and capture carbon dioxide by
carbon capture and storage (CCS) there is renewed interest in the exploitation  of the Durham Coalfield reserves by  underground coal gasification. This is of strategic importance to local energy intensive industry such as the commodity chemical and steel members of the Northeast of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). 
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Bedrock geology: UK North 1:625,000 scale geological map, BGS, Keyworth, Notts
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Pierce, Fred (15 February 2014). Beyond Fracking The next energy revolution could be fired by coal (PDF). New Scientist . Retrieved 2016.
Higgins, Stan; O'Hare, Felix (27 October 2016). "What industry needs form a UK industry strategy". The Chemical Engineer - www.thechemicalengineer.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016 . Retrieved 2016.
Coordinates: 54°50?19?N 1°36?16?W / 54.8386°N 1.6045°W