ISGS in the News

Marble is luxurious—but is it sustainable?

Popular Science asks Scott D. Elrick, the head of the ISGS Coal, Bedrock, and Industrial Minerals Section, how mining marble impacts the environment.

Carbon pipeline proposal in Illinois

Sallie Greenberg discusses how Illinois' unique geology can be a resource for carbon storage. 

Source: The 21st

Rock formations could store CO2 for ‘eons’

“It provides a way of additionally removing carbon dioxide from the carbon cycle, which is really what we need to do to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” says Steve Whittaker. 

Source: KCUR

Using Marinas to Drive Ecosystem Health

ISGS studies and helps Illinois manage erosion along Lake Michigan, particularly at Illinois Beach State Park. 

The Great Lakes’ eroding beaches

ISGS Chief Scientist Steve Brown joins WILL's The 21st for a discussion of Lake Michigan erosion. 

Source: The 21st

Age of Mississippi River reassessed

Thanks to zircon fragments found in sandstone found in Southern Illinois, researchers have shown that the Mississippi River began flowing about 70 million years ago.

Source: KFVS

Yacucci joins NSGIC board of directors

Mark Yacucci, head of the ISGS Geoscience Information Stewardship Section, has been elected to the board of directors of the National States Geographic Information Council


High Lake Michigan water levels pose concerns

"We just have to understand that there is a lot of energy in the waves, and with a high lake level walking the same place that you’re used to could pose more danger, even with a smaller wave,” said Steven Brown.

Greenberg, Whittaker present on CO2 storage

Director of Energy and Minerals Steve Whittaker and Associate Director of Energy and Minerals Sallie Greenberg presented on U.S. efforts to develop commercial-scale geological storage of carbon dioxide at CO2CRC. 


Source: Mirage News

Glasford meteor may have played a role in ancient ice age

Charles Monson said research suggests a meteor about the size of Wrigley Field struck near Glasford, creating a 2.5 mile wide crater that's now buried under sediment. 

Source: WCBU