The United States of America is being the top country by total recoverable coal in the world. As of 2011, total recoverable coal in the United States of America was 258,619 million short tons that accounts for 26.40 % of the world's total recoverable coal. The top 5 countries (others are Russian Federation, China, Australia, and India) account for 72.37 % of it. The world's total total recoverable coal was estimated at 979,585 million short tons in 2011.
Recoverable coal is the coal that is, or can be, extracted from a coal bed during mining. Recoverable Resources of Coal: the sum of measured resources plus indicated resources.