Illinois’ crushed stone quarries provide essential materials for building transportation, residential, and commercial infrastructure
Study Finds Aggregate Industry Shifting Focus, Still a Stalwart in State Economy
A study of the economic impact of the aggregate industry in Illinois suggests that the industry has nearly recovered from the 2008 recession, with $1.1 billion in nonfuel mineral extraction (2013 data) compared with $1.2 [...]
Jo Daviess County alfalfa field showing crop lines indicative of karst geology
National Award Highlights Power of Science in Sustainable Development
When the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Jo Daviess County was recognized with the Effective Community Engagement Award at the organization’s 52nd National Convention June 16-19. [...]
2016 U of I Capitol Scholar Joshua Arneson
Undergrad Helped in Search for Carbon Neutral Oil Production
Days before Commencement, Joshua Arneson presented his senior thesis research on identifying nonconventional enhanced oil recovery targets in Illinois at the Capitol Rotunda as a University of Illinois [...]
Clear Creek Section in Marshall County
Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition Meets at ISGS to Plan Future 3-D Mapping in the Great Lakes Region
On April 20, glacial geologists and mappers from geological researchers of multiple agencies and jurisdictions at the ISGS for their annual meeting of the Great Lakes Geologic [...]
Three-dimensional image of the western part of Lake County, Illinois, as viewed from the southeast.
Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition: 19 years of mapping glacial sediments in the Great Lakes Region
In May of 2000, Escherichia coli bacteria contaminated the drinking water of the rural community of Walkerton, Ontario. Seven people died and nearly half of the population of 5,000 [...]

ISGS in the News

Park board OKs carbon study
The Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners expressed support for a ISGS grant application that could bring a second, larger carbon capture and storage project to the area. 

Source: Herald and Review
What can be learned from 3-D mapping of groundwater?
ISGS Director Richard Berg discusses how 3-D geological mapping is helping Illinois counties make better development decisions.

Source: University of Illinois News Bureau
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

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