Highlights

A verification well monitors the storage of CO2 near Decatur, Ill.
Prairie Research Institute Receives Major Grants for Geologic Carbon Storage Research
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) was awarded two projects totaling $10.1 million Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the Department's CarbonSAFE R&D program to develop [...]
Researcher takes a water sample from a Southern Illinois cave
Widespread Groundwater Contamination Found in Southwestern Illinois
Researchers have detected prescription and over-the-counter medications and personal care products in Illinois groundwater, an indication that humans are contaminating water that is vital to aquatic life. [...]
Detail of the new Pope County bedrock geology map centering near Eddyville, just released by ISGS.
Health, Economy Top Priorities for Illinois’ Geologic Mapping Experts
Each September as preparations are made for the Illinois agricultural harvest, specialists gather at the University of Illinois campus to consider priorities for the coming year’s geologic mapping of the state. [...]
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. [...]

ISGS in the News

Clues to ancient earthquakes in caves
Stalagmites on the floors of caves in southern Indiana contain evidence of past earthquakes, according to an ISGS study.

Source: EarthSky
Richland looks ahead to future carbon storage research
Decatur's Richland Community College has prepared for the proposed CarbonSAFE CO2 storage project by developing a Carbon Capture and Storage curriculum for students.

Source: Herald & Review
Cave Formations Carry Clues About Ancient Earthquakes
While exploring a pair of Illinois caves, Samuel Panno noticed a peculiar thing: some of the stalagmites had smaller, neighboring growths that were lighter in color...

Source: Smithsonian Magazine.com
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

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