Highlights

Illinois' 63 miles of coastline is one of the nation's most valuable, a pivotal cog in the economic and transportation health of the nation's third largest population center.
Summit focuses science agenda for Earth’s largest freshwater bodies
Science of the Great Lakes made a major step forward this month when scientists of many disciplines, jurisdictions, and affiliations came together to plan the future of their work with unified purpose at the first Great Lakes Coastal Mapping Summit on April 4-6 in Chicago. [...]
Illinois State Geological Survey senior geochemist Samuel Panno is one of seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards this year.
Panno recognized with CAPE award for critical contributions
Illinois State Geological Survey senior geochemist Samuel Panno is one of seven honored with this year's Chancellor's Academic Professionals Award. [...]
a helicopter tows an instrument array over the surface
Illinois coast to get a complete physical checkup from the air
Lake Michigan sand deposits from Kenosha, WI to Chicago, IL are being mapped over the next week with innovative technology [...]
ILSTRAT is a valuable new resource for understanding the geology of Illinois
New Online Information Resource Rocks
The collected knowledge of Illinois’ geologic past has been digitized, and released online as ILSTRAT – an interactive resource for the public, industry, and government – it brings to life the best science on how Illinois was built from the ground down. [...]
artists rendering of carbon dioxide molecules suspended in air
Advanced Combustion Research Awarded to Improve Carbon Capture
A new research project at the Illinois State Geology Survey (ISGS) will develop advanced combustion systems to improve the collection and storage of CO2 captured from flue gases of electric power plants and other industrial combustion processes. [...]

ISGS in the News

The quest to capture and store carbon – and slow climate change — just reached a new milestone
A new large-scale technology has launched in Decatur that could result in the active removal of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Source: Washington Post
U.S. scientists gauge coastal erosion along Lake Michigan
The year 2016 was the warmest on record. The U.S. state of Illinois is trying to measure its impact on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Source: Aljazeera
ADM Begins Operations for Second Carbon Capture and Storage Project
ISGS continues as a scientific partner as Archer Daniels Midland Company begins a second major carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

Source: Archer Daniels Midland
Researchers ponder whether low ice coverage is the Great Lakes' new normal
Two years ago the polar vortex set the Upper Midwest into a deep freeze. But two mild winters and retreating lake levels are giving researchers pause.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Illinois geologists to launch helicopter survey of sand in Lake Michigan
If you see a helicopter hauling a giant Hula-Hoop near Lake Michigan this week. Don't panic. It's Illinois' latest science project that hopes to shed light on a question of beachgoers for decades.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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