ISGS in the News

U.S. scientists gauge coastal erosion along Lake Michigan

The year 2016 was the warmest on record. The U.S. state of Illinois is trying to measure its impact on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Source: Aljazeera

Researchers ponder whether low ice coverage is the Great Lakes' new normal

Two years ago the polar vortex set the Upper Midwest into a deep freeze. But two mild winters and retreating lake levels are giving researchers pause.

Illinois geologists to launch helicopter survey of sand in Lake Michigan

If you see a helicopter hauling a giant Hula-Hoop near Lake Michigan this week. Don't panic. It's Illinois' latest science project that hopes to shed light on a question of beachgoers for decades.

When a meteor landed near Glasford

A few weeks ago, there were plenty of video and eyewitness descriptions of a meteor streaking across the Midwestern sky. The meteor buzz would have been considerably bigger around Peoria about 450 million years ago.


Ghosts of Shorelines Past

A few years ago, Mary Pat McGuire, became fascinated by the South Side of Chicago - or rather, with what was beneath it. She was flying from Midway Airport, and she started to notice “really interesting patterns along the coastline..."

When a meteor hit: Millions of years ago in Des Plaines

The meteor that streaked across the sky early Monday likely broke apart and landed in Lake Michigan. Millions of years ago a large meteorite crashed into what is now Cook County.

Laser mapping of La Salle County set for spring

This spring a plane will fly over La Salle County firing a sweeping beam of laser light. As the pulses bounce back to a receiver in the plane they will provide the raw data for a detailed three-dimensional image of the county.

From coal to carbon capture

Vintage Illinois power plant highlights challenges of energy transition. Research at ISGS and ISTC looks to extend Abbott Power Plant life for a cleaner energy future.

Durbin Highlights $10 Million Federal Investment in Illinois CO2 Projects

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded two grants totaling $10 million to Illinois State Geological Survey.

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