Abandoned Mine Lands Program

Indiana Coal Mine Information System
The IGS maintains and updates the CMIS GIS database to provide accessible and functional data, technical assistance to the AML Program, and to respond to requests for information from the public. GIS and database applications are created to improve access to AML's historical and contemporary water-quality database.
Primary Contact: Rebecca Meyer
Mine Map Acquisition and Digital Archiving Project
To continue the preservation of Indiana’s historic coal mine map information through the collection, processing, scanning, georeferencing, digital archiving, and electronic distribution of Indiana’s historic coal mine maps through the IGS CMIS project and Web site.
Primary Contact: Licia Weber


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Indiana Contribution to the National Geothermal Data System
State-specific geothermal data will be compiled into an integrated, distributed, and searchable national data system, referred to as the "National Geothermal Data System."
Primary Contact: Denver Harper


Battelle Memorial Institute

2015 Indiana Data Perservation Program
For many years, the IGS has kept geologic records, maps, field notebooks, and partially completed projects remaining from scientific research staff who retired or left employment. Approximately 32 file cabinets, 36 map cabinets, and 45 banker boxes exist at the IGS that contain geological paper records from past employees; for the most part, though, there is no catalog or inventory of these items. Some files and boxes are labeled with the name of a staff member or a general topic; however, current staff of the IGS do not know in detail what they contain. We do believe that some records are related to the IGS’s physical sample collections and various other geological databases, and they may contain descriptions of rock core, sediment samples, and outcrops. Documenting the details of these unexamined records would provide added value to our existing collections and geological databases.
Primary Contact: Richard Hill
Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP)
The objective of this study is to compile known basic geological attributes of deep oil and gas reservoirs, black shales, coals, and saline aquifers. These attributes will then be assessed with the objective of calculating their ability to effectively store large volumes of liquid CO2. The project is designed to move into a second phase where these candidate formations are tested with a drilling and injection program.
Primary Contact: Cristian Medina
Simulation of CO2 Storage in the Arches Province of the Midwestern United States
This study will produce a three dimensional model of the subsurface geology in the Arches region, followed by numerical simulations on the injection of supercritical carbon dioxide into the Upper Cambrian Mount Simon Sandstone.
Primary Contact: Cristian Medina


Central United States Earthquake Consortium State Geologists (CUSEC-SG)

CUSEC-SG Historic Earthquake Epicenters and Active Seismic Monitoring Stations
Through the Central United States Earthquake Consortium-State Geologists (CUSEC-SG), the IGS is compiling and mapping these important information resources. The CUSEC is composed of the eight states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Primary Contact: John Steinmetz
Quake Cottage Program 5 - CUSEC
To educate a variety of target audiences about earthquakes hazards and risks within the state and mitigation practices that reduces the economic and health impacts of such events.
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon


European Union

Combined underground coal gasification and CO2 Capture and Storage - TOPS - Technology options for coupled underground coal gasification and CO2 capture and storage
The main objective of the proposed project is to develop a generic underground coal gasification – carbon capture and storage (UCG-CCS) site characterization workflow which would address the dilemma faced by the proponents of reactor zone CO2 storage and offers technological solutions to source-sink mismatch issues that are likely to be faced in many coalfields.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz


Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation

Middle-Holocene (ca. 6500 to 3500 years ago) lake-level change of ancestral Lake Superior, Huron Mountains, Upper Michigan
The primary objective is to determine the age and elevation of foreshore sediments associated with beach ridges in a strandplain located in the Huron Mountains, Upper Michigan. These data will be used to generate a relative paleohydrograph for the site covering 3000 years, from roughly 6500 to 3500 years ago.
Primary Contact: Henry Loope


Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research (CCTR)

Distribution and characterization of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana
The purpose of the work was to provide preliminary estimates of the total area and volume of coal-slurry deposits (fine-grained refuse from coal-preparation plants) and to provide recommendations for future sampling and analysis.
Primary Contact: Denver Harper


Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

A three-dimensional aquifer visualization and groundwater flow model in the upper reaches of Lake Michigan drainage basin, NW Indiana, and GIS for the Lake Michigan drainage basin in Indiana
The purpose of this project was to organize existing information on northwestern Indiana hydrogeology into formats that will allow land-use and water-resource managers and governmental regulators easy access to such information and the ability to visualize the data.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
A three-dimensional, shallow groundwater flow model for the Grand Calumet River/Indiana Harbor Canal Watershed, northwest Indiana
In this project, we organized existing information on hydrogeology into formats that will allow land-use and water-resource managers and governmental regulators to easily access and visualize such information.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Agricultural BMP application to remediate nitrate contamination in a major outwash aquifer in Jackson County, Indiana
Primary Contact: Denver Harper
Analysis of nitrate in groundwater in Jackson County, Indiana
The purpose of the study was to identify the source or sources of the nitrate.
Primary Contact: Denver Harper
Conversion of historical data to GIS format for Grand Calumet feasibility study
The objective of the work was to convert the hard-copy information to a digital geographic information system (GIS) format.
Primary Contact: Chris Dintaman
Data compilation and analysis for the Coastal Nonpoint Source Management Plan
This study documented the surface-water quality monitoring efforts that have occurred in the subwatersheds of the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Plan Area. The data were analyzed to assess water-quality trends occurring in the program area. Results from this analysis were used to develop a monitoring plan for Indianas Coastal Nonpoint Source Management Plan.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Environmental feasibility of using recycled tire pieces as media in septic system absorption fields
The Indiana Geological Survey demonstrated the feasibility of using recycled tires as a medium for on-site septic distribution fields.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Evaluating tillage practices on near-surface groundwater recharge
The goals of this project are to install sensors and monitor the resultant water-balance data in different areas of the small watershed being subjected to different land-management (particularly agricultural) practices. Over time, statistically significant differences in the sites might be able to be linked back to how the land is managed.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Evaluation of contaminant storage and movement at a confined feeding operation
Data from similar studies indicate that nitrate concentrations are often high; we believe this occurs because rainfall early and late in the growing season flush commercial fertilizers and animal waste before they can be used to promote plant growth. Through our monitoring program, we tracked effects that manure-application practices had on groundwater quality in the area. This assisted personnel of the IDEM Office of Land Quality to identify problem situations that may require modification of current rules and management practices.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Evaluation of riparian buffer zones using a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing
The objective of this study was to assess the condition of riparian buffers in the Young's Creek Watershed.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Indiana Reach Index update
Conduct a pilot study to establish a methodology to update selected watersheds with high-resolution (1:24,000) stream segments from the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD).
Primary Contact: Chris Dintaman
Monitoring and forecasting outfalls of E. coli-contaminated streamflow at Burns Ditch, south shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana
This project characterized temporal variations in bacterial outfalls at the mouths of creeks (such as Burns Ditch) that flow into Lake Michigan.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Relating groundwater recharge to near-surface aquifer sensitivity in Indiana
Develop a conceptual model of the physical factors and processes that control groundwater recharge in Indiana, and devise an objective measure of recharge over the landscape. Develop a statewide assessment of aquifer sensitivity to near-surface contamination based on the relationship of recharge to migration of contaminants through the unsaturated zone.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Source-water assessment
The objective of this project was to develop fact sheets for 650 individual, noncommunity, nontransient, public ground-water supplies throughout Indiana, as part of the Source Water Assessment Plan (SWAP).
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Watershed modeling tools and linkages to the Lake Rim geographic information system (GIS)
This project focuses on surface-water hydrology of the Trail Creek and Little Calumet Watersheds. We will provide the physical basis for studying surface-water flow and contaminant transport in the pollution of ground and surface waters of the Lake Rim area of northwestern Indiana.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger


Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)

Quake Cottage Program 4
To educate a variety of target audiences about earthquakes hazards and risks within the state and mitigation practices that reduces the economic and health impacts of such events.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson


Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Assessment of Potential for Induced Seismicity in the Illinois Basin
Determine if there are threshold values of pressures and volumes of injected fluids that could trigger earthquakes. Provide technical analysis to the policy makers and regulatory community that governs oil and gas development in the state and region.
Primary Contact: John Rupp
Augusta Lake project
The purpose of this project is to abate acid mine drainage that forms at the site and improve the quality of water in Augusta Lake which flows into the Patoka River.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
Evaluation of acid mine drainage seeps
The purpose of this project was to abate acid runoff from seeps that develop at abandoned mine land sites after reclamation.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
Evaluation of bench-scale acid mine drainage (AMD) bioremediation tests: Water-quality monitoring and data interpretation
This research is designed to treat these seeps so that the concentration of acidity, sulfate, and toxic metals is much reduced or eliminated.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
Evaluation of methods for controlling metals deposition in acid seeps and acid mine drainage treatment wetlands
Since all metals precipitation systems need to have metal sludge excavated from them from time to time, it would be best for this metal sludge to be in a form that holds some commercial value. The objective of this study is to demonstrate methods for recovering valuable metals from acidic mine drainage by generating byproducts that have commercial value as raw materials for industry.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
Hydrochemical evaluation and predictive modeling of sulfate-reducing bioreactor cells
The goal of the research project is to evaluate and model the performance and longevity of SRBCs for the passive remediation of AMD.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
Monitoring and modeling a large-scale experiment to change the direction of groundwater flow at the Blackfoot reclamation site in Pike County, Indiana
In an effort to ameliorate the problem, personnel of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Reclamation (IDNR-DOR) are planning a large-scale experiment to change the direction of groundwater flow away from the seepage area and toward an area where it will encounter alkaline spoils prior to discharging at the surface. The study combines detailed hydrologic monitoring with groundwater flow modeling to evaluate, optimize, and diagnose all the reasons why the reclamation strategy does or does not succeed. The project will commence prior to any reclamation activities but will continue through and after the period of hydrologic manipulation so that a thorough evaluation can be accomplished.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Monitoring and Modeling a Large-Scale Experiment to Change the Direction of Groundwater Flow at the Blackfoot Reclamation Site in Pike County: Part 2 Assessing the Efficacy of Reclamation that Includes the Construction of a Large Wetland/Bioreactor System
The project will involve a continuation of hydrochemical monitoring with much emphasis placed on the evaluation of the performance of a large wetland/bioreactor system that is being designed to treat acid mine drainage that is discharging from a valley located within this abandoned mine land site.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Monitoring hydrologic conditions in the vicinity of an acid seep at the Chinook abandoned mine lands site in Clay County, Indiana
We undertook a monitoring study to more fully characterize the hydrology of a large abandoned coal-waste deposit at the Chinook abandoned mine lands reclamation site. The ultimate goal of the project was to monitor the response of the water table in the coal-waste deposit to precipitation events.
Primary Contact: Jack Haddan
Rates and Controls on Toxic Metal Leaching from Coal-Combustion Residues Utilized as Structural Fills in Reclamation Settings: Emphasis on the Midwestern AML Site
The project, which combines field, laboratory, and modeling components, will determine the conditions under which trace elements are leached from CCRs in field settings as well as rates of leaching when CCRs are in contact with various ambient water chemistries.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
Update of the Lake Michigan Rim Web site and data layers for the Grand Calumet feasibility study
Work with partners from local, state, and federal government to acquire updated GIS data and redesign the Lake Rim Web site.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger


Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)

Extension of the GIS Atlas of Indiana project
Create a central repository of spatial data for Indiana and to make the data freely available to the public in a format that is readily accessible.
Primary Contact: John Steinmetz
Indiana bat cave inventory
As part of Tier 2 environmental studies being conducted in association with the proposed Interstate-69 transportation corridor through southwestern Indiana, it is necessary to determine if any caves within 5 miles of the proposed corridor are winter hibernacula for this species of bat.
Primary Contact: Denver Harper
Sulfates in Indiana Substrates
Project designed to assist by developing screening method, comparison of accuracy between different soluble sulfate analytical methods, and providing GIS maps showing areas of concern for elevated sulfates, as well as gaps in statewide distribution for existing soil and groundwater data sets.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam


Indiana Finance Authority

Spatial analysis of 20 water utilities in Indiana
This project will support the larger study of the water utilities, focusing on providing a data-quality and accuracy assessment of the locations of 20 water utilities in Indiana. In addition, each water-extraction point (well or intake) will be characterized with respect to a suite of spatial landscape data layers.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger


Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC)

Integrate Indiana's Broadband Map into the IndianaMap
One of the requirements of the Map Indiana Broadband project is to make the data available to the public. This will be accomplished by adding the broadband map data to the IndianaMap (www.indianamap.org) as hosted by the IGS. Also as part of this contract, the IGS will updae the supporting technology.
Primary Contact: Chris Dintaman


Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)

Environmental feasibility of using recycled tire pieces as media in septic system absorption fields
The Indiana Geological Survey demonstrated the feasibility of using recycled tires as a medium for on-site septic distribution fields.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Field evaluation of on-site sewage disposal systems (OSDS) and broad-scale mapping of suitable and unsuitable areas for OSDS, Morgan County, Indiana
The objective of this project was to collect data concerning the subsurface groundwater characteristics that exist in and adjacent to on-site sewage disposal systems throughout the entire year.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Hydrologic suitability of mine spoil as a medium for septic-tank absorption fields
The goal of this project was to provide the Indiana State Department of Health with tools to expeditiously process applications for septic-field permits on reclaimed coal mine lands.
Primary Contact: Denver Harper


Indiana University

2017-2018 Master Naturalist Program
Educate Master Naturalist participants about the geology of Indiana.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson
57th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene -- At the edge of the Laurentide Ice Sheet: Stratigraphy and Chronology of Glacial Deposits in Central Indiana
Adjourn a group of professional geologists and students interested and conversant in the problems to discuss our results and directions of research. The trip will be the 57th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene week field conference.
Primary Contact: William Monaghan
Application of transmitted light techniques for evaluation of thermal maturity
Project analyzes changes in color of structureless amorphous organic matter and palynomorphs in transmitted light through a range of maturity stages.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Architecture of the Salem Limestone (Mississippian) in the dimension stone district of south-central Indiana
The purpose of the project is to determine the architecture of a Salem carbonate shoal and the potential fluid-flow pathways.
Primary Contact: Brian Keith
Archiving Geophysical Logs
The objective of the archiving projectis to create standardized digital formats of all IGS geophysical logs and make them available to IGS staff and the public as PDF and LAS downloads via the IGS web site
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Assessing the Maquoketa Group in the Illinois Basin: age, character and resource potential
This project will establish the age and petrophysical characteristics of the various lithofacies present with the Maquoketa Group in the Illinois Basin. Such an evaluation will begin to approach the challenges of establishing if the organic-rich facies are time-specific or diachronous, and understanding the physical and chemical characteristics of the various rocks types present in the interval. The information gleaned in the proposed study could have a substantial influence on future exploration of unconventional reservoirs and for effective seals. Specifically, we seek to: 1) characterize the elemental composition of Maquoketa units along multiple cross-basin transects, 2) establish the relative ages of these units, 3) integrate elemental and geophysical data sets of time-rock units to generate basin-wide isopachs 4) combine new organic carbon analyses with previously published reports to characterize oil and gas production potential of each unit and 5) characterize the pore size distribution, capillary entry pressures, and strengths of a select set of lithofacies that represent the stratigraphic interval .
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Assessment of Potential for Induced Seismicity in the Illinois Basin
Determine if there are threshold values of pressures and volumes of injected fluids that could trigger earthquakes. Provide technical analysis to the policy makers and regulatory community that governs oil and gas development in the state and region.
Primary Contact: John Rupp
ASTM testing of the Salem Limestone
Data from the ASTM tests cited have been performed by the Indiana Geological Survey since the early 1950s. These data define physical strength and performance of masonry products fabricated from the Salem Limestone; the data also have been useful to geologists in interpreting depositional environments and diagenetic systems relevant to the Salem Limestone.
Primary Contact: Drew Packman
Augmented Reality 3D Sandbox
To develop and construct a high-interest, interactive exhibit display that demonstrates changing topography and the consequences of such processes.
Primary Contact: Kevin Russell
Bedrock surface in White River Valley at locations with outwash ages before LGM
Develop a profile of the bedrock surface in the White River valley using the TROMINO at places where outwash ages suggest pre-LGM deposition within the White River valley (see Fig 1).
Primary Contact: William Monaghan
Characterization and treatment of pad marks on Indiana Limestone
Research is designed to identify the causes and composition of pad marks that develop on Indiana limestone so that they can be effectively removed and prevented.
Primary Contact: Nelson Shaffer
Chemostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of IGS – Survey Drill Holes (SDHs)
Hypothesis: Conodont concentration correlates with whole rock composition.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Chemostratigraphy of the Borden Group utilizing pXRF technology
Hypothesis: Correlation at the member-level can be enhanced by incorporating chemostratigraphy with the traditional applications of lithostratigraphy and geophysical logs. Analyses can be utilized to facilitate correlations or to prioritize more intensive analyses utilizing destructive techniques such as XRD or thin sectioning.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Converting Coal Maps to Story Maps
Primary Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Database of Industrial Mineral Producers in Indiana
To produce a database of industrial minerals mines in the state and keep it up to date on a quarterly basis.
Primary Contact: Kathryn Shaffer
Developments in the Indiana industrial minerals industry in 2012-2013 for the UGS Minerals Yearbook
To produce a report of industrial mineral mining developments in Indiana for the years 2012 and 2013.
Primary Contact: Kathryn Shaffer
Formation and remediation of pad marks on Indiana Limestone
In this study, we tested a variety of padding materials to determine which produced the least discoloration on weathering.
Primary Contact: Nelson Shaffer
GENI - Mapping Indiana’s Bicentennial
Provide detailed maps of each county at various scales using base data and data provided by each county that are timeless and can be used for many years in the classroom and at other educational opportunities.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
Geochemistry Database
The objective of this project is to develop an easily accessible database for the Indiana Geological Survey's large and growing inventory of geochemical data.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
GeoNotes for 2017
Create new GeoNotes to continue educational outreach
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
Groundwater geochemistry of Indiana aquifers: database development and analysis of the natural chemical character of bedrock and glacial aquifer systems
Compile groundwater geochemical analyses conducted in Indiana into a standardized database and analyze the data based on unique aquifer systems.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
IGS Enterprise Data Preservation and Digitization Program
• To significantly improve access to IGS records, documents, and materials for research and public access. • To bring to light forgotten and little known documents and records • To develop configurable templates for databases to promote research and data dissemination. • Continue to apply for funding from the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program.
Primary Contact: Richard Hill
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Near-surface Aquifer Sensitivity in Indiana
Develop a conceptual model of the physical factors and processes that control groundwater recharge in Indiana, and devise an objective measure of recharge over the landscape. Develop a statewide assessment of aquifer sensitivity to near-surface contamination based on the relationship of recharge to migration of contaminants through the unsaturated zone.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
IM Producers Indiana Map Update, Storymap, and Data Download Services
This objective of this project is to improve public access to data pertaining to Indiana industrial mineral mines.
Primary Contact: Kathryn Shaffer
Indiana bedrock core location map
The objectives of this project are to: Create a derivative dataset that is connected to the current IGS drill cores (data from the PDMS) that can be used for mapping core locations, their sampled intervals, and reference numbers. Assign created stratigraphic unit abbreviations, an additional field, in the existing IGS drill core location data table or tables. This field will be used for labeling the locations on the map and give user a quick reference to the stratigraphic unit without having to search through many attributes.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Indiana bedrock core map viewer
The objectives of this project are to: Create a derivative dataset that is connected to the current IGS drill cores (data within the PDMS) that can be used for mapping core locations, their sampled intervals, and reference numbers.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Indiana Coal Quality Database (ICQD)
The Indiana Geological Survey has collected data and created databases on various physical and chemical parameters of Indiana coals for many years. This project creates the most comprehensive coal quality data compilation available for Indiana coals.
Primary Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Indiana Geological Survey Geologic Names Information System
The database facilitates labeling stratigraphic data in IGWS digital and paper archives, aid IGWS researchers in locating current geologic nomenclature for their publications, and provide web-based access to IGWS geologic nomenclature to a broad spectrum of users from academia, industry, government, and the general public.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Indiana Limestone Photo Collection: Digitization and Dissemination
To make this image collection and its associated metadata digital and available to researchers, scholars, and the general public through Indiana University's Image Collections Online (ICO) site and creating an interactive GIS website that will enable users to visualize, question, and interpret data to reveal spatial and temporal relationships, patterns, and trends.
Primary Contact: Licia Weber
Indiana Society of Mining and Reclamation Board
ISMR is a professional alliance providing opportunity for education and communication of technical advances in mining and reclamation.
Primary Contact: Rebecca Meyer
Investigation of groundwater in abandoned underground coal mines
Increase public awareness and interest in the potential use of underground mine waters as a geothermal resource, a groundwater resource, and a mine-reclamation resource.
Primary Contact: Denver Harper
Landmarks in Indiana Geology
This project focuses on chronicling (Chronicle and Document goals) the history of geological discoveries and events in the State of Indiana. Moreover, this project documents the changing needs for energy, mineral, and water resources in the state and the activities of IU and IGS researchers to support the state’s economy. Because of the close association of IU and the IGS, many of these geological discoveries were made by IU faculty working for the IGS. Notable IU researchers (Celebrate and Recognize goals) include R. D. Owen, E.T. Cox, E.R. Cummings, C.A. Mallott, W.N. Logan, R.R. Schrock, W.D. Thornbury, C. Deiss, J. Patton, and R. Shaver.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
Major points sources of CO2 emissions from coal in Indiana
Provide major point sources of CO2 emissions from coal in Indiana (map and tabular data), including coal-burning electric power plants and industries and institutions.
Primary Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Making the Rexroad conodont collection accessible for research
This study will recover loaned material and organize and inventory the entire Rexroad conodont collection so that it can be fully utilized in research.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Maps of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin
Most comprehensive digital compilation of geologic information about the New Albany..
Primary Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
National Geologic Mapping Database (NGMDB) Map Catalog 2007-2015
The objective of this IGS project is to ensure that geologic maps published by the IGS and other Indiana geologic maps are included in the NGMDB, thus addressing the IGS's mission to disseminate information.
Primary Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
National Geologic Mapping Database (NGMDB) Map Catalog 2015-2017
Ensure that geologic maps published by the IGS and other Indiana geologic maps are properly represented in the USGS Map Catalog.
Primary Contact: Robin Rupp
Ordovician Time Scale
Lots of pXRF analysis and mentoring of two undergraduates.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Organic matter in the Illinois Basin: Interactive atlas: Part I – New Albany Shale
To design and prepare interactive atlas of organic matter. We plan to start with the New Albany Shale, followed by the coals and other formations in the Illinois Basin.
Primary Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Petroleum Database Management System
Facilitate access to information related to oil and gas wells in Indiana and to provide this information in ways that will allow it to be accessed efficiently by users.
Primary Contact: Charles Zuppann
Potential of Lower Block and Upper Block Coal Members for coking: Resources and properties
We plan to evaluate resources of the Lower Block and Upper Block Coal Members and map their availability
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Revised digital elevation model of Indiana
The objective of this project was to create 30-meter DEMs using recently acquired digital line graph (DLG) data for the areas containing Level 1 data. The new DEMs were merged into the entire Indiana data set, replacing the Level 1 data.
Primary Contact: Robin Rupp
Sampling and drilling of unconsolidated sediments
This purpose of this project is to provide a cost-effective method of obtaining subsurface glacial material samples and stratigraphy data in areas of mapping priority, areas that either lack data (or complete sets of data), or in areas of specific research interests.
Primary Contact: Marni Karaffa
Silurian Sr-isotope chemostratigraphy of southern Indiana
Complete a Sr-isotope curve for southern Indiana tied to previously collected geochemistry.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
State Park Geology Guides
Produce geologic guides for the most popular state parks in Indiana to enhance the visitors’ experience. The audience is the interested lay reader.
Primary Contact: John Steinmetz
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Shawn Naylor
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Shawn Naylor
Update of whetstone tombstone database
The purpose of this project is to continue to maintain and update the whetstone tombstone database.
Primary Contact: Richard Powell
Web-based glacial and bedrock geologic map products and databases for Bartholomew County, Indiana
The objective of this task is to provide detailed geological information in an area that continues to experience pressure on natural resources by a large population. The final product will provide traditional surficial and bedrock geological information, as well as subsurface information, derivative maps, and summaries that will help users understand and make use of the wealth of geologic information that is becoming available for Bartholomew County.
Primary Contact: Walter Hasenmueller


Institute of Museum and Library Services

Building a Nation: The Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection (ILPC)-Continuation
To make this image collection and its associated metadata digital and available to researchers, scholars, and the general public through Indiana University's Image Collections Online (ICO) site and Indiana State Library's "Indiana Memory Project".
Primary Contact: Barbara Hill
Building a Nation: The Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection (ILPC)-Continuation
To make this image collection and its associated metadata digital and available to researchers, scholars, and the general public through Indiana University's Image Collections Online (ICO) site and Indiana State Library's "Indiana Memory Project".
Primary Contact: Jennifer Lanman


Microsoft

Data Science Consultancy Club mentoring: SICE student projects for IU Paleo & IGWS collections data
Evaluate artificial intelligence, computer vision, and machine learning methods to generate a paleontological lexicon for geological terms and employ maximum likelihood models for natural language parsing in the auto-recognition of handwritten text for catalog transcription.
Primary Contact: Gary Motz


National Institutes of Health

Geologic support of abandoned and active coal mines in Indiana for ventilation design
This study was conducted to evaluate ventilation systems in underground coal mines and to identify ways in which improvement of ventilation systems in relation to different methane sources can increase mine safety. Coal mine methane has always been considered as a danger for underground coal mining. It can create a serious threat to mining safety and production. Proper mine ventilation can keep methane levels below the explosive limit and at the same time coal seam degasification is a means to recover energy from the methane gas retained in coal.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz


National Science Foundation

Biogenic methanogenesis and biodegradation of organic matter in coals
This collaborative research evaluates fundamental biogeochemical processes associated with microbial degradation of organic matter (OM) during generation of methane in coals. The overall goal is to understand the substrates that sustain microbial transformations of OM in coal beds, the nature of involved chemical pathways and effect of varying electron acceptor condition, and the role of these processes in the generation of coalbed methane (CBM).
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz


Office of Surface Mining

Mine Map Acquisition and Digital Archiving Project
To continue the preservation of Indiana’s historic coal mine map information through the collection, processing, scanning, georeferencing, digital archiving, and electronic distribution of Indiana’s historic coal mine maps through the IGS CMIS project and Web site.
Primary Contact: Licia Weber


Office of the Indiana State Chemist

Development of a statistically valid program for monitoring pesticides in groundwater in the State of Indiana
A monitoring network was developed that was statistically adequate for characterizing average levels of pesticides and other agricultural byproducts in supplies of groundwater.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant


Save the Dunes Conservation Fund

Hydrologic modeling to evaluate E. coli loading in the Dunes Creek Watershed, Porter County, Indiana
The primary issues in the Dunes Creek Watershed are sources of E. coli. We conducted surface-water numerical modeling to:
1) Represent the hydrology, sediment, and bacterial characteristics in the drainage network; and
2) Simulate how land-use and land-management changes (for example, adding riparian buffers, filling or plugging ditches) might achieve reduction of  E. coli in Dunes Creek.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger


Tight Oil Consortium, University of Calgary

Characterization of organic matter in the Second White Specks Formation
This study presents approaches for evaluating hybrid source rock/reservoirs within tight-rock petroleum systems. The emerging shale play in the Upper Cretaceous Second White Specks and Belle Fourche formations in central Alberta, Canada is used as an example to evaluate organic and inorganic compositions and their relationships to pore characteristics
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Micro-scale chemical and mineralogical heterogeneity of shales and its influence on permeability of the Upper Devonian/Lower Mississippian Bakken Formation in Canada
The overall hypothesis to be tested is that the rock fabric and specifically mutual arrangement of organic matter and mineral matter in shales influences porosity and permeability in tight oil/gas reservoirs and that understanding this mineral/organic distribution is critical for prediction of both gas storage and producibility.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Update of the Lake Michigan Rim Web site and data layers for the Grand Calumet feasibility study
Work with partners from local, state, and federal government to acquire updated GIS data and redesign the Lake Rim Web site.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger


U.S. Department of Energy

Assessment of Hydrologic Consequences of CO2 Sequestration within the Illinois Basin
This project is one component of a larger risk assessment for implementing industrial-scale CO2 subsurface storage throughout the Illinois Basin. The objective is to develop new data sets that are most critical for informing the basin-scale simulation and modeling effort. The IGS will provide region-specific data that a coordinated team of researchers from around the country will integrate into a basin-scale simulation of the effects of large-scale implementation of geological sequestration within numerous rock units in the deep subsurface.
Primary Contact: Kevin Ellett
Evaluation of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of the Cambro-Ordovician Strata of the Illinois and Michigan Basins
This study is a collaborative effort by a team of scientists from the University of Illinois, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Kentucky Geological Survey, Western Michigan University and the IGS. The objective of the IGS project is to support the assessment of the Cambro-Ordovician strata as a potential GCS reservoir/seal system through the development of new data sets of critical formation characteristics including: porosity, permeability, injectivity, mineralogy, fluid saturations and chemical composition, reservoir architecture and cap rock integrity.
Primary Contact: Kevin Ellett
National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB)
The purpose of NATCARB is to facilitate the evaluation of geological sequestration of CO2 in the United Sates and Canada by compiling all pertinent geological information useful for such evaluations into a database. When completed, the database will allow users to estimate the amount of CO2 emitted by various sources (such as power plants, refineries, and other fossil fuel consuming industries) and relate these volumes to geologic reservoirs that can provide safe and secure sequestration over time.
Primary Contact: John Rupp
The Indiana Shallow Geothermal Monitoring Network: A test bed for facilitating the optimization of ground-source heat pumps in the glaciated Midwest
A comprehensive monitoring network that provides in-situ measurements of shallow subsurface thermal conductivity, temperature gradients, and soil moisture has not been developed to date.
Primary Contact: Shawn Naylor
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Shawn Naylor


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Developing a prototypical predictive model for beach closings in Indiana
Evaluate E. coli concentrations in stream flow discharging from Dunes Creek into the main swimming beaches at Indiana Dunes State Park and develop predictive models that relate the outfalls of creek water, as well as other hydrometeorological factors, to the concentrations of E. coli bacteria in the swimming zones of the beaches.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Lake Michigan tributary monitoring
The purpose of this project is to characterize temporal variations in bacterial outfalls at the mouths of creeks (such as Derby Ditch) that flow into Lake Michigan.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant
Restoration of West Dunes Creek-Great Marsh complex
The design of the project was intended to further scientific research and insight into potential reduction of E. coli levels in receiving waters following increased solar exposure, sedimentation, filtration, increased retention, and biological treatment provided by wetlands.
Primary Contact: Greg Olyphant


U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

IndianaMap data sharing initiative and Demonstration of four key Framework data layers
Proof of consept project
Primary Contact: Denver Harper


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Late Holocene lake level of Lake Michigan
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson


U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Potential karst development areas in the Hoosier National Forest
Identify both existing areas of karst development in the Hoosier National Forest, along with identification of the spatial distribution of areas with high probabilities of karst or sinkhole development.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Sulfate-reducing bioreactor net discharge monitoring
From monitoring flow rates along with chemical and stable isotopic components, the research conducted at this site will provide data for evaluating the effectiveness of the bioreactor in reducing acid-mine drainage, evaluating the microbial activity, and constructing a predictive model capable of providing sizing and longevity information to organizations desiring to build additional bioreactors for future low-flow AMD seep amelioration projects.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

2014 Indiana Geological Survey Data Preservation Program
Inventory and catalogue approximately 40,000 grain-size sediment samples that are stored in approximately 700 core boxes and analyze/associate them with existing IGS records and databases.
Primary Contact: Richard Hill
2014-15 Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition Website
The website provides information on the goals, products, and personnel of the eight Great Lakes state geological surveys (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. The GLGMC website is used by a number of individuals, including the general public, planners, consultants, and state and federal agencies.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
2015-16 Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition Website
The website provides information on the goals, products, and personnel of the eight Great Lakes state geological surveys (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. The GLGMC website is used by a number of individuals, including the general public, planners, consultants, and state and federal agencies.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Compilation of Monroe County 1:24,000-scale geologic maps
The objective of this project is to produce detailed 1:24,000-scale geologic maps of the Monroe County portions of the five 7.5-minute quadrangles that included the city of Bloomington, Indiana, the city’s developing fringe, and the Monroe County portion of the Mt. Carmel Fault and Leesville Anticline.
Primary Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
Data collection, verification, & encoding for the National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) YR 2/5
The purpose of this project is to provide easy availability of point-source coal resource information, including coal location, thickness, depth, and other parameters.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Digital surficial geologic map product for Monroe County, Indiana
To provide detailed geologic information in an area that continues to experience pressure on natural resources by a large population. The final product provides surficial geologic information for the county.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Distribution of mercury in in-situ versus feed coal in Indiana
Specifically, the objectives of this project are as follows: 1) Data entry – updating trace element database with a special emphasis on mercury concentrations We will refine the existing trace element database and update it with additional data obtained from coal companies and power plants, putting emphasis on washed coal. 2) Mapping Hg distribution in major coal beds in Indiana An updated database will be used to map Hg distribution in major coal beds in Indiana. 3) Identifying locations of the new sources of Hg data in in-situ and feed coals: boreholes, coal mines, and power plants Maps of Hg distribution will be used to identify areas that would need additional data. Existing mines and power plants will be approached for a possibility of obtaining new samples of feed coal. 4) Collection and analyses of new coal samples – New samples of coal will be collected and sent for analysis of coal quality (proximate, ultimate analysis) and trace elements, including Hg. Splits of the samples will be analyzed for maceral composition and vitrinite reflectance. 5) Collaboration with USGS personnel on incorporating our data into the USGS HG study – During the entire project duration, we will be collaborating with USGS personnel, and Allan Kolker as the Project Leader of the Mercury project. The collaboration will include discussions, joint field work, and complementary analysis.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Extent, characteristics, and regional relations of the interlobate region in north-central Indiana
This project aims to develop an understanding of the physical properties, stratigraphic relations, and boundary conditions of the Saginaw, Huron-Erie, and Lake Michigan lobes
Primary Contact: Henry Loope
Indiana Geologic Data Preservation Program 2008
These data have been collected and stored at the IGS for well over 100 years, yet many have not received the proper cataloging and archiving necessary to ensure their long-term preservation and ready access. Moreover, they have often been stored in temporary facilities, and adequate space and resources for the long-term preservation of samples and data have not been maintained. Finally, no formal effort has been initiated to comprehensively inventory, catalog, and document the many geological and geophysical holdings of the IGS. In 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sponsored the first coordinated data preservation planning effort of which the IGS played a part. This work continued in 2008 with additional funding from the USGS and in-kind support from the IGS.
Primary Contact: Richard Hill
Indiana Geologic Data Preservation Program 2009
These data have been collected and stored at the IGS for well over 100 years, yet many have not received the proper cataloging and archiving necessary to ensure their long-term preservation and ready access. Moreover, they have often been stored in temporary facilities, and adequate space and resources for the long-term preservation of samples and data have not been maintained. Finally, no formal effort has been initiated to comprehensively inventory, catalog, and document the many geological and geophysical holdings of the IGS. In 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sponsored the first coordinated data preservation planning effort of which the IGS played a part. This work continued in 2008 with additional funding from the USGS and in-kind support from the IGS.
Primary Contact: Richard Hill
Late Holocene lake level of Lake Huron
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson
Late Holocene lake level of Lake Michigan
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson
Late Holocene lake level of Lake Superior
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson
Late Wisconsinan Ice Margin Chronology, south-central Indiana
The goal is to document the chronology and stratigraphy of late Wisconsinan tills in south-central Indiana.
Primary Contact: Henry Loope
Late Wisconsinan Ice Margin Chronology, south-central Indiana (Year 2) - Coalition 2016
The goal is to document the chronology and stratigraphy of late Wisconsinan tills in south-central Indiana.
Primary Contact: Henry Loope
Mapping bedrock geology in Lawrence County
This project anticipates the need for more detailed geologic information to guide planning in and around a major population center along the SR 37 and US 50 corridors. The project is also intended to expedite current scientific studies of the economically important Salem Limestone and related rocks in Lawrence County, and to further refine computer mapping techniques. The detailed geologic framework and databases that this project will create are intended to provide data for the quantitative assessment of dimension and crushed stone resources in the county.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson
Mapping bedrock geology, Monroe County
This project anticipates the need for more detailed geologic information to guide planning in and around a major population center along the corridor of the of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville. The project is also intended to expedite current scientific studies of the economically important Salem Limestone and related rocks in central Monroe County, and to further refine computer mapping techniques. The detailed geologic framework and databases that this project will create are intended to document karst features and to provide data for the quantitative assessment of dimension and crushed stone resources in the county.
Primary Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
Mapping the Quaternary Geology in Kosciusko County
This overall objective of this project is to provide a county map (1:48,000-scale) to provide a detailed framework of the unconsolidated sediments and landforms in Kosciusko County. Mapping will provide background for making geotechnical, transportation, and land-use planning decisions in an area dominated by coarse-grained sediments and natural lakes. Mapping will also increase knowledge of ice lobe dynamics in northern Indiana, an ares of multiple ice lobe interactions.
Primary Contact: Marni Karaffa
Morphosequences & Deglaciation Record in Northern Indiana: Chronology of 3 lobes in the St. Joseph & Kankakee valleys - Coalition 2016
The main objective of this project is to map outwash and morphosequences of outwash and moraines and determine the chronology of these deposits related to the Lake Michigan, Saginaw, and Huron-Erie lobes in the St. Joseph and Kankakee drainage basins in northern Indiana using a GIS framework. Another primary goal is to develop an absolute chronology for morphosequences and ice margins of the three lobes by using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of fan/outwash sediments tied directly to ice margin positions. Combined with a relative chronology identified by cross-cutting relationships of landforms and stratigraphy, these OSL ages can provide a framework for timing of fluctuations of the Lake Michigan, Saginaw, and Huron-Erie lobes.
Primary Contact: William Monaghan
New 1:100,000-scale mapping of the Indiana heartland
We will create and publish 1:100,000-scale maps of the project area depicting the bedrock topography and bedrock geology. Developing digital interpretations of the bedrock surface and the distribution of bedrock units anticipate the demand for computer-generated assessments of resource distribution, quantity, and quality. A relational database will be made available to allow government and industry planners and citizens to rapidly locate geologic data.
Primary Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
New 1:100,000-scale mapping of the Indianapolis 30 x 60 minute quadrangle
We will create and publish 1:100,000-scale maps of the project area depicting the bedrock topography and bedrock geology. Developing digital interpretations of the bedrock surface and the distribution of bedrock units anticipate the demand for computer-generated assessments of resource distribution, quantity, and quality. A relational database will be made available that can be used to rapidly locate geologic data requested by government and industry planners and citizens.
Primary Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (Azalia quadrangle)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Azalia 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (Elizabethtown and Hope quadrangles)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the Elizabethtown and Hope 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Silurian Sr-isotope chemostratigraphy of southern Indiana
Complete a Sr-isotope curve for southern Indiana tied to previously collected geochemistry.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
STATEMAP 2015 Morgan County
The 2015 STATEMAP project will produce (1) a preliminary bedrock geologic map of the Mooresville East 7.5-minute quadrangle (1:24,000-scale) with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units and (2) preliminary detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the Martinsville and Mooresville West 7.5-minute quadrangles (1:24,000-scale) with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
STATEMAP 2016
Advance our understanding of the bedrock of Morgan County specifically, and the broader understanding of the Sanders Group to the New Albany Shale interval. Create products that can be accessed and utilized by a broad user group from geologists to planners.
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin
Three-dimensional geologic model development of the Huntertown Formation, Allen County, Indiana
The objective of this project is to develop a three-dimensional geologic model appropriate for representing realistic subsurface conditions in a groundwater flow model of glacial deposits in Huntertown, Indiana (Allen County).
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Three-dimensional groundwater modeling in Berrien County, Michigan
The objective of this project is to scientifically assess the performance of three-dimensional hydrogeologic models developed by pure statistical data interpolation and three-dimensional hydrogeologic models developed by experienced geologists familiar with the emplacement mechanisms of geologic materials.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Web-based glacial & bedrock geologic map products & databases for Bartholomew County, IN (Year 2) - Coalition 2016
The objective of this task is to provide detailed geological information in an area that continues to experience pressure on natural resources by a large population. The final product will provide traditional surficial and bedrock geological information, as well as subsurface information, derivative maps, and summaries that will help users understand and make use of the wealth of geologic information that is becoming available for Bartholomew County.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
Web-based glacial and bedrock geologic map products and databases for Allen County, Indiana
To provide detailed geologic information in an area that continues to experience pressure on natural resources by a large population. The final product will provide traditional surficial geologic information, as well as a depiction of subsurface information based on subsurface databases.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller


U.S. National Park Service

Investigation of the source/cause of subsurface voids at Mt. Baldy, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, to mitigate visitor safety.
The objective of this agreement is to investigate these previously undocumented anomalies in an effort to determine risk to visitors at INDU, investigate the “hole” phenomenon, and guide park decision making with regard to visitor safety and public education and understanding of know/unknown hazards.
Primary Contact: Todd Thompson
Studies at 20LU115: A stratified Late Woodland Archaeological Site
1) Chronology of dune formation at sleeping bear point in relationship to coastal dune else where in lake Michigan. 2) Chronology of the archaeological site in relationship of other sites around the Lake Michigan shoreline. 3) Assessing the threat of the archaeological site if erosion continues at Sleeping Bear Dunes. 4) A ghost forest is associated with the paleosol and was composed mainly of White Pine. We will map the extent and density of this forest as represented by the location of buried (now exposed) stumps. 5) Assess the age of the archaeological site and how such sites are incorporated into dune. 6) provide a chronology to the cobble beaches near the site to related water level in lake Michigan to coastal dune formation processes and archaeological site formation, and
Primary Contact: William Monaghan