Significant ISGS Achievements

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 [...]
Installation demonstration. Front: Scott Fess of Rigaku. Back (left to right): Donald McKay, former director, Illinois State Geological Survey; Andrew Stumpf, Illinois State Geological Survey; Mick Machesky, Illinois State Water Survey; John Scott, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
New Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) Facility Available at ISGS
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has expanded its analytical capabilities by adding a new energy dispersive X-ray [...]
Value of Illinois Aggregates Production
Construction Aggregates (Sand, Gravel, and Crushed Stone) and Silica Sands in the Economy of Illinois
Subhash Bhagwat, Principal Economist for the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), recently completed a report commissioned by the ISGS titled “Construction Aggregates and Silica [...]
Frailey Advocates for Energy Frontier Research Centers in Congressional Briefing
Berg and Frailey Advocate for Energy Frontier Research Centers in Congressional Briefing
Scott Frailey, Senior Reservoir Engineer, and Richard Berg, Illinois State Geological Survey Director, traveled to Washington, DC, on April 16 to participate in a Congressional briefing on the Ener [...]

ISGS in the News

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
New exhibit will provide look at giant ancient mollusk
Endolobus spectabilis, will be on display around the state with a fossil of an E. spectabilis shell. ISGS paleontologist, Joe Devera, put together the exhibit and worked with a sculptor on the model.

Source: Illinois News Bureau - Champaign-Urbana, IL
Carbon dioxide storage is focus of new center's mission
Edward Mehnert, a senior geohydrologist, and Scott Frailey, a senior reservoir engineer, say the center's mission is to help better understand the location and distribution of carbon dioxide after it is pumped into the subsurface of the Earth.

Source: Illinois News Bureau
How high did you climb today?
ISGS is a source for elevation statistics in the state of Illinois. For more information on high and low points in Illinois, visit

Source: Star Courier – Kewanee, IL

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