Significant ISGS Achievements

Scientists examine rock formation
Quantifying CO2 Storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery for the Thick Cypress Sandstone: Outcrops in Southern Illinois Investigated for Further Sedimentological Study
Nathan Webb, assistant petroleum geologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS); Kalin Howell, master’s student in [...]
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Monitoring potential subsurface temperature changes resulting from anthropogenic influence and climate change
This study, part of the Intensively Managed Landscapes-Critical Zone Observatory project (http://criticalzone.org/iml/), was designed to investigate (1) h [...]
Visualization Lab
ISGS Awarded a U.S. DOE Grant to Develop Commercial-Scale Geologic Carbon Storage Technologies
The National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) of the Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [...]
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Researchers Awarded $1,999,996 to Develop a Transformational Technology to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Coal-Burning Power Plants
Illinois State Geological Survey and its partners have landed a three-year, $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) [...]
Map of Geologic Cross Sections Across the Mahomet Bedrock Valley
Map of Geologic Cross Sections Across the Mahomet Bedrock Valley Now Available
Andrew Stumpf, Associate Quaternary Geologist for the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), recently completed a map product titled Geologic Cross Sections Across the Mahomet Bedrock Valley, Champaign, Ford, McLean [...]

ISGS in the News

How Common Are Earthquakes In Central Illinois?
How common are earthquakes in Illinois? Find out with ISGS Geologist, Tim Larson, and WILL.

Source: WILL - Champaign, IL
Aerial Photos Of Chicago From The 1930s
The original silver nitrate film negatives are gone, destroyed by the National Archives in the early 1980s because they had deteriorated. Illinois State Geological Survey took on an initiative to digitally scan them.

Source: CBS Chicago - Chicago, IL
Officials say west Danville sinkhole above mine shaft
Officials say west Danville sinkhole above mine shaft: An 8 feet by 10 feet sinkhole is "not a mine shaft but is pit subsidence resulting from an underlying mine", according to IDNR.

Source: Commercial-News - Danville, IL
Carbon storage revenue studied
Using a grant from the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, ISGS intends to develop brine extraction and treatment technologies that will facilitate the commercialization of geologic carbon dioxide storage.  

Source: Herald & Review - Decatur, IL
Erosion threatens the Driftless Area
Geologists Sam Panno and Don Luman of the Illinois State Geological Survey will present a talk on threats to underground water quality in the driftless area of Jo Daviess County.

Source: Journal Standard – Freeport, IL

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