Amoroso, Rachael

Planning, coordination, and training associated with lead sampling activities in schools
The objective is to provide comprehensive planning, coordination, and sampling services for all schools that express interest and participate in the Indiana school water sampling program.
Primary Contact: Amoroso, Rachael


Antinao, Jose Luis

2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: Antinao, Jose Luis
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: Antinao, Jose Luis


Autio, Robert

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: Autio, Robert
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: Autio, Robert
Spatial analysis of significant water withdrawal facilities in Indiana
This project will support the larger effort of improving the data accuracy in databases important to water resources planning in Indiana.
Primary Contact: Autio, Robert
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Autio, Robert
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Autio, Robert
Unconsolidated sediment (soil) core description database forms - Core-nucopia
Primary Contact: Autio, Robert
Unsaturated-zone hydrology of glacial hydrogeologic settings in Indiana
Unsaturated zone data from monitoring sites in eight unique glacial hydrogeologic settings are processed and analyzed to better understand rates of water movement toward underlying aquifers and adjacent surface water bodies.
Primary Contact: Autio, Robert


Bancroft, Alyssa

2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Bancroft, Alyssa
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: Bancroft, Alyssa
Chemostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of IGS – Survey Drill Holes (SDHs)
Hypothesis: Conodont concentration correlates with whole rock composition.
Primary Contact: Bancroft, Alyssa
IMLS: Promoting Digital Access and (Re-)Discovery of the IU Paleontology Collection
To enhance the accessibility and discoverability of the type and figured specimens (especially including the entirety of the Rexroad conodont collection) via high-resolution macrophotography.
Primary Contact: Bancroft, Alyssa
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: Bancroft, Alyssa
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: Bancroft, Alyssa
Stratigraphy of the Brazil Formation coal and their potential for coking - Phase 2
Two main objectives of this project are: 1) advance understanding of the stratigraphy of the Brazil and Staunton Formation coals so that the seam identification and correlation become more reliable within the state as well as the entire Illinois Basin; and 2) investigate properties of the coals with the special emphasis on coking properties and consequently on their application in the steel industry
Primary Contact: Bancroft, Alyssa


Bowden, Tisa

FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Bowden, Tisa
Organizing 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington
To organize Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington, IN in September 2019.
Primary Contact: Bowden, Tisa
Planning, coordination, and training associated with lead sampling activities in schools
The objective is to provide comprehensive planning, coordination, and sampling services for all schools that express interest and participate in the Indiana school water sampling program.
Primary Contact: Bowden, Tisa


Branam, Tracy

2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
Critical zone karst observatory
1) Designing and implementing an online registry and inventory system for dye traces that will update IndianaMap and provide notifications to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and emergency management professionals in the location where such traces occur. a. This project mimics the implementation by the Kentucky Division of Water that provides a record of all dye traces conducted in the state. Information from these dye traces are incorporated into statewide maps that help state agencies create and implement development and construction plans. b. Indiana citizens benefit from this project by having a source of information for active, and justified, projects that define groundwater flow. c. Emergency professionals benefit from this project by having an actively updated source of information to distribute in advance of planned tracing activities or answer questions or concerns from citizens. 2) Soliciting existing dye trace data in state/federal agencies, universities, and consulting firms to enhance the presently existing layer in IndianaMap. a. Decades of dye-trace data are presently scattered among environmental consultants, cave enthusiasts, and state agencies. This project will create and authoritative repository and source for these data. b. This effort enhances existing layers in IndianaMap (http://maps.indiana.edu) by collecting all dye trace data in a free public-accessible and searchable site. 3) Conducting a sequence of dye traces in Harrison/Crawford Counties in collaboration with private landowners, tourist caves, state/federal agencies, and municipalities to better outline the boundaries of groundwater basins. a. This project was specifically requested by Mr. Rand Heazlitt, manager of the Town of Corydon and a co-investor of Indiana Caverns. b. Additional dye tracing will help guide exploration and define the limits of the landscape that contributes water to Indiana Caverns. c. Targeted tracing will also help illustrate the direction and speed of groundwater flow, which can help Mr. Heazlitt leverage state funding to expand the sanitation system of the Town of Corydon in response to increased housing development. 4) Installing a set of field-based geochemical and water-level monitoring instrumentation in caves, wells, and springs of the Blueppring and Lost River karst basins of Lawrence and Orange Counties to provide insight into changes in water chemistry and discharge across the karst basins and during individual storms. a. One outcome of this project is an increased understanding of how the landscape responds to rainfall, which have caused considerable flooding and are projected to become greater in intensity with climate change. b. Data from some sites in this project will be made available online for the public and to visitors of Bluespring Cavern in real time on a website that can be live streamed in the visitor center. 5) Collecting water samples at six (6) locations in the Lost River karst basin that, when combined with the data in project 4, provide unique and valuable insight into the transport of carbon, nutrients, and sediments in an agriculturally intensive landscape. a. The data from projects 4 and 5 will be used to create a comprehensive view of the rate of nutrient and sediment loss from these karst basins. b. Such results are vitally important to better refining the role of karst landscapes in the global carbon cycle. c. Results from this study will provide one node of data that can help model water quality changes in the Mississippi River watershed and better predict the ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico caused by excess nutrients.
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
Evaluation of groundwater age and chemistry relations in aquifer systems in Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties
This project defined groundwater flow systems and their chemistry within Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties.
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
Friar Tuck acid mine drainage wetland project
The purpose of this project was to abate acid mine drainage that forms at the Friar Tuck site and flows into the Wabash River drainage system.
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
Groundwater in aquifer systems of LaGrange County–baseline water chemistry, nitrate contamination, and aquifer sensitivity
The study was conducted to determine the baseline water chemistry and the levels of naturally occurring and man-made contaminants in the groundwater of LaGrange County.
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
IDEM RiverWatch Program
Collect pertinent data for the IDEM volunteer stream monitoring program known as RiverWatch. Students will be trained to (1) collect water quality data consisting of: temperature, conductivity, pH, redox, dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), turbidity, nitrate, phosphate; (2) flow estimation of stream using cross-section and velocity method; (3) record physical description of stream and bank up to 200 ft above monitoring point, describing stream bed, riparian zone, and sinuosity of stream; (4) collection and identification of macroinvertebrates living in stream at monitoring site, (5) test for total coliform and E. coli bacteria in stream. Student activity will be monitored and assisted as needed. Students will enter data into online forms at IDEM website.Monitoring activity will be conducted once each season for one year for a total of 4 monitoring days.
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
Optimization of bioreactor cell design for treating low-flow acid mine drainage in the Midwest: Model development and demonstration
This project will test and demonstrate sulfate-reducing bioreactor cell (SRBC) technology on low-flow, metal-rich acid seeps in the Midwest. A predictive model capable of assisting engineers in designing SRBCs for AMD sources throughout the Midwest will be developed.
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
Potential nonpoint-source contamination of the Spring Mill Lake drainage basin
Determine the sources of contaminants that pollute Spring Mill Lake.
Primary Contact: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy
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: Branam, Tracy


DeChurch, Deborah

Converting Coal Maps to Story Maps
Primary Contact: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah
GeoNotes for 2017
Create new GeoNotes to continue educational outreach
Primary Contact: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Near-surface Groundwater Recharge 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: DeChurch, Deborah
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Sinkhole Development Risk in south-central Indiana
Identify both existing areas of karst development in south-central Indiana, along with identification of the spatial distribution of areas with high probabilities of karst or sinkhole development.
Primary Contact: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah
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: DeChurch, Deborah


Dintaman, Chris

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: Dintaman, Chris
Critical zone karst observatory
1) Designing and implementing an online registry and inventory system for dye traces that will update IndianaMap and provide notifications to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and emergency management professionals in the location where such traces occur. a. This project mimics the implementation by the Kentucky Division of Water that provides a record of all dye traces conducted in the state. Information from these dye traces are incorporated into statewide maps that help state agencies create and implement development and construction plans. b. Indiana citizens benefit from this project by having a source of information for active, and justified, projects that define groundwater flow. c. Emergency professionals benefit from this project by having an actively updated source of information to distribute in advance of planned tracing activities or answer questions or concerns from citizens. 2) Soliciting existing dye trace data in state/federal agencies, universities, and consulting firms to enhance the presently existing layer in IndianaMap. a. Decades of dye-trace data are presently scattered among environmental consultants, cave enthusiasts, and state agencies. This project will create and authoritative repository and source for these data. b. This effort enhances existing layers in IndianaMap (http://maps.indiana.edu) by collecting all dye trace data in a free public-accessible and searchable site. 3) Conducting a sequence of dye traces in Harrison/Crawford Counties in collaboration with private landowners, tourist caves, state/federal agencies, and municipalities to better outline the boundaries of groundwater basins. a. This project was specifically requested by Mr. Rand Heazlitt, manager of the Town of Corydon and a co-investor of Indiana Caverns. b. Additional dye tracing will help guide exploration and define the limits of the landscape that contributes water to Indiana Caverns. c. Targeted tracing will also help illustrate the direction and speed of groundwater flow, which can help Mr. Heazlitt leverage state funding to expand the sanitation system of the Town of Corydon in response to increased housing development. 4) Installing a set of field-based geochemical and water-level monitoring instrumentation in caves, wells, and springs of the Blueppring and Lost River karst basins of Lawrence and Orange Counties to provide insight into changes in water chemistry and discharge across the karst basins and during individual storms. a. One outcome of this project is an increased understanding of how the landscape responds to rainfall, which have caused considerable flooding and are projected to become greater in intensity with climate change. b. Data from some sites in this project will be made available online for the public and to visitors of Bluespring Cavern in real time on a website that can be live streamed in the visitor center. 5) Collecting water samples at six (6) locations in the Lost River karst basin that, when combined with the data in project 4, provide unique and valuable insight into the transport of carbon, nutrients, and sediments in an agriculturally intensive landscape. a. The data from projects 4 and 5 will be used to create a comprehensive view of the rate of nutrient and sediment loss from these karst basins. b. Such results are vitally important to better refining the role of karst landscapes in the global carbon cycle. c. Results from this study will provide one node of data that can help model water quality changes in the Mississippi River watershed and better predict the ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico caused by excess nutrients.
Primary Contact: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
Geographic information system (GIS) of solid and hazardous waste sites in central Indiana
The Indiana Geological Survey will create a GIS database of 18 solid/hazardous waste sites throughout central Indiana.
Primary Contact: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
IndianaMap
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: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Dintaman, Chris
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Dintaman, Chris
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: Dintaman, Chris


Drobniak, Agnieszka

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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Coalbed gas potential in Indiana
The main objective is to carry out the research that helps to understand and to utilize this clean source of energy from coal
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Converting Coal Maps to Story Maps
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Evaluation of the Illinois Basin coals for underground coal gasification (UCG)
We plan to synthesize all the information related to UCG and prepare a publication that would provide a comprehensive evaluation of coals for UCG basin wide
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Investigation of the Origin and Nature of Coke Variations in Non-Recovery/Heat-Recovery Coke Making
The objective of our research is to further investigate the role of coal blend dilatation and rheology on coke porosity and CSR in an unconstrained heat-recovery cokemaking technology.
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Maps of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin
Most comprehensive digital compilation of geologic information about the New Albany..
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Organizing 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington
To organize Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington, IN in September 2019.
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka
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: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Shale Gas: Geochemical and Physical Constraints on Genesis, Storage, and Productibility
This project is comprised of three tasks related to shale gas: (1) Study of porosity in shale; (2) Natural methane outgassing from shales into the atmosphere; and (3) Generation of catalytic shale gas. Each task focuses on an individual aspect in need of basic shale research for industrial and environmental reasons. All three tasks are conceptually linked.
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka
Stratigraphy of the Brazil Formation coal and their potential for coking - Phase 2
Two main objectives of this project are: 1) advance understanding of the stratigraphy of the Brazil and Staunton Formation coals so that the seam identification and correlation become more reliable within the state as well as the entire Illinois Basin; and 2) investigate properties of the coals with the special emphasis on coking properties and consequently on their application in the steel industry
Primary Contact: Drobniak, Agnieszka


Eldridge, Jayson

FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Eldridge, Jayson


Ellett, Kevin

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: Ellett, Kevin
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: Ellett, Kevin
Evaluating geologic hazards at Bicycle Basin, Fort Irwin, California
The objective of this project is to determine the most likely driving mechanism for land surface deformation at Bicycle Basin playa. One hypothesis for surface crack/Earth fissure evolution is a tensile failure resulting from differential compaction of the aquifer system as depressurization occurs from groundwater pumping at nearby wells. Such a driving mechanism for Earth fissure development represents relatively deep-seeded stress and strain in the alluvial basin-fill units for which mitigation is likely to entail significant operations. In contrast, the observed presence of giant desiccation cracks in a network pattern across the playa suggests an alternative hypothesis is plausible in which surface cracks form from volume contraction with desiccation of clay-rich sediments. This potential mechanism for crack development represents a near-surface process for which mitigation is a relatively minor operation.
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin
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: Ellett, Kevin
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin
Feasibility Assessment of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Options in the Central Illinois Basin, Illinois
The Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) will perform work as part of a larger project designed to develop a large-volume, carbon storage complex at an industrial facility in the United States. The objective of the IGS’s research will be to support the evaluation of the subsurface geological sequestration potential for an integrated commercial-scale CO2 capture, transport, and storage system. The IGS will be conducting tasks that contribute to the evaluation of potential storage reservoirs and seals that reside in the subsurface in an area surrounding a series of oil and gas fields located in a series of counties in the central portion of the Illinois Basin, Illinois. This area is host to a number of CO2 generating facilities and therefore a storage system at the site in Macon County could serve as key component of a larger system that integrates multiple sources in the region. A major emphasis of the project will be to develop an effective team capable of addressing the technical, geologic, engineering, economic, legal, policy, and stakeholder elements related to implementation of a real-world CO2 storage project. To assist in the accomplishment of this goal, the IGS will coordinate with the Illinois State Geological Survey staff and other partners in their effort to address the overall needs of the project. The specific emphasis of the IGS contribution to the team will be in the realms of 1) technical assessment of geological systems and 2) evaluation of regional infrastructural and regulatory components.
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin
Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)
The purpose of this project is to determine if the rock systems in the subsurface of the Illinois Basin are strong enough for effective and permanent storage of carbon dioxide that can contribute to global warming.
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin
Petrophysical characterization, regional distribution, and geologic storage suitability of units within the Cambro-Ordovician sequence
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: Ellett, Kevin
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin
Unsaturated-zone hydrology of glacial hydrogeologic settings in Indiana
Unsaturated zone data from monitoring sites in eight unique glacial hydrogeologic settings are processed and analyzed to better understand rates of water movement toward underlying aquifers and adjacent surface water bodies.
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin
US-China Clean Energy Research Center, Advanced Coal Technology Consortium
The objective of the CERC-ACTC program is to advance R&D on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology such that it may play an integral role in mitigating CO2 emissions over the coming decades.
Primary Contact: Ellett, Kevin


Florea, Lee

Critical zone karst observatory
1) Designing and implementing an online registry and inventory system for dye traces that will update IndianaMap and provide notifications to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and emergency management professionals in the location where such traces occur. a. This project mimics the implementation by the Kentucky Division of Water that provides a record of all dye traces conducted in the state. Information from these dye traces are incorporated into statewide maps that help state agencies create and implement development and construction plans. b. Indiana citizens benefit from this project by having a source of information for active, and justified, projects that define groundwater flow. c. Emergency professionals benefit from this project by having an actively updated source of information to distribute in advance of planned tracing activities or answer questions or concerns from citizens. 2) Soliciting existing dye trace data in state/federal agencies, universities, and consulting firms to enhance the presently existing layer in IndianaMap. a. Decades of dye-trace data are presently scattered among environmental consultants, cave enthusiasts, and state agencies. This project will create and authoritative repository and source for these data. b. This effort enhances existing layers in IndianaMap (http://maps.indiana.edu) by collecting all dye trace data in a free public-accessible and searchable site. 3) Conducting a sequence of dye traces in Harrison/Crawford Counties in collaboration with private landowners, tourist caves, state/federal agencies, and municipalities to better outline the boundaries of groundwater basins. a. This project was specifically requested by Mr. Rand Heazlitt, manager of the Town of Corydon and a co-investor of Indiana Caverns. b. Additional dye tracing will help guide exploration and define the limits of the landscape that contributes water to Indiana Caverns. c. Targeted tracing will also help illustrate the direction and speed of groundwater flow, which can help Mr. Heazlitt leverage state funding to expand the sanitation system of the Town of Corydon in response to increased housing development. 4) Installing a set of field-based geochemical and water-level monitoring instrumentation in caves, wells, and springs of the Blueppring and Lost River karst basins of Lawrence and Orange Counties to provide insight into changes in water chemistry and discharge across the karst basins and during individual storms. a. One outcome of this project is an increased understanding of how the landscape responds to rainfall, which have caused considerable flooding and are projected to become greater in intensity with climate change. b. Data from some sites in this project will be made available online for the public and to visitors of Bluespring Cavern in real time on a website that can be live streamed in the visitor center. 5) Collecting water samples at six (6) locations in the Lost River karst basin that, when combined with the data in project 4, provide unique and valuable insight into the transport of carbon, nutrients, and sediments in an agriculturally intensive landscape. a. The data from projects 4 and 5 will be used to create a comprehensive view of the rate of nutrient and sediment loss from these karst basins. b. Such results are vitally important to better refining the role of karst landscapes in the global carbon cycle. c. Results from this study will provide one node of data that can help model water quality changes in the Mississippi River watershed and better predict the ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico caused by excess nutrients.
Primary Contact: Florea, Lee
Mount Rainier Fumarole Cave Exploration and Science
Primary Contact: Florea, Lee


Griffin, Kathleen

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: Griffin, Kathleen


Harris, Megan

Planning, coordination, and training associated with lead sampling activities in schools
The objective is to provide comprehensive planning, coordination, and sampling services for all schools that express interest and participate in the Indiana school water sampling program.
Primary Contact: Harris, Megan


Hasenmueller, Nancy

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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Digital GIS compilation of selected data from Gas Potential of the New Albany Shale (Devonian and Mississippian) in the Illinois Basin
The objectives of the original study, completed in 1994, were to update, compile, review, and interpret available literature, maps, and unpublished data concerning the gas potential of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin. A basinwide cooperative approach using the expertise of scientists from the Illinois Basin Consortium, comprising the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Indiana Geological Survey, and the Kentucky Geological Survey, was employed to produce basinwide maps and stratigraphic cross sections relating to the gas potential.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Evaluation of groundwater age and chemistry relations in aquifer systems in Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties
This project defined groundwater flow systems and their chemistry within Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Glacial terrains: Digital products for outreach and education
To address these issues, we will combine existing digital data sets and regional glacial-terrain mapping with newly available subsurface databases, digital elevation models (DEMs), and digital imagery. This process will continue an evolution toward the use of streamlined, user-friendly desktop environments using off-the-shelf software.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Groundwater in aquifer systems of LaGrange County–baseline water chemistry, nitrate contamination, and aquifer sensitivity
The study was conducted to determine the baseline water chemistry and the levels of naturally occurring and man-made contaminants in the groundwater of LaGrange County.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Indiana 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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Indiana Geological Survey Geologic Names Information System
The database will facilitate labeling stratigraphic data in IGS digital and paper archives, aid IGS researchers in locating current geologic nomenclature for their publications, and provide Web-based access to IGS geologic nomenclature to a broad spectrum of users from academia, industry, government, and the general public.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Karst Poster
These water-quality problems result from human activities and can be prevented in part through better education of the general public about the areal extent, characteristics, and sensitivity of the karst environment.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Potential nonpoint-source contamination of the Spring Mill Lake drainage basin
Determine the sources of contaminants that pollute Spring Mill Lake.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping of a Quaternary Paleovalley System, Bartholomew County (Edinburgh quadrangle)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Edinburgh 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy
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: Hasenmueller, Nancy
Web-based glacial and bedrock geologic map products and databases for Marion 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 traditional surficial geologic information, as well as a depiction of subsurface information based on subsurface databases.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Nancy


Hasenmueller, Walter

Bedrock Geology of Bartholomew County, Indiana
This project has two objectives: 1) address the need for detailed geologic information about Bartholomew County by constructing a detailed geologic map of the county that shows the distribution of bedrock units that may contain resources or contribute to geologic hazards; and 2) develop new computer modeling techniques that facilitate the construction of three-dimensional (3-D) geologic models.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
Database of physical testing results on Indiana Limestone
A digital database has been prepared of the results of more than 2,000 physical tests performed on Indiana building stone materials, which includes all the variables detailed for each of the standardized ASTM tests performed along with sample location information (where available). We evaluated the data set for QA/QC standards.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
Indiana Geological Survey Geologic Names Information System
The database will facilitate labeling stratigraphic data in IGS digital and paper archives, aid IGS researchers in locating current geologic nomenclature for their publications, and provide Web-based access to IGS geologic nomenclature to a broad spectrum of users from academia, industry, government, and the general public.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
Mapping bedrock geology, Wabash area
Continue computer-aided geologic mapping from central Indiana into the Wabash Valley. Trace bedrock mapping units northward into classic exposures of Silurian facies. Create a database of geologic information as a basis for geologic mapping and as a resource for future exploration and exploitation of construction aggregate.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter
Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping of a Quaternary Paleovalley System, Bartholomew County (Edinburgh quadrangle)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Edinburgh 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Hasenmueller, Walter
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: Hasenmueller, Walter


Hill, Barbara

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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
GeoMinute video series
To reach much of the public sector in Indiana using the “Youtube” methodology, by shooting short (1 minute) topical geologic subjects. This will be done by interviewing existing personnel about their current research or area of expertise and by using mostly existing equipment.
Primary Contact: Hill, Barbara
GeoNotes for 2017
Create new GeoNotes to continue educational outreach
Primary Contact: Hill, Barbara
Indiana 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: Hill, Barbara
Indiana Geological Survey Geologic Names Information System
The database will facilitate labeling stratigraphic data in IGS digital and paper archives, aid IGS researchers in locating current geologic nomenclature for their publications, and provide Web-based access to IGS geologic nomenclature to a broad spectrum of users from academia, industry, government, and the general public.
Primary Contact: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
Update of whetstone tombstone database
The purpose of this project is to continue to maintain and update the whetstone tombstone database.
Primary Contact: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara
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: Hill, Barbara


Johnson, Matthew

2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
Converting Coal Maps to Story Maps
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
GeoNotes for 2017
Create new GeoNotes to continue educational outreach
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Near-surface Groundwater Recharge 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: Johnson, Matthew
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Sinkhole Development Risk in south-central Indiana
Identify both existing areas of karst development in south-central Indiana, along with identification of the spatial distribution of areas with high probabilities of karst or sinkhole development.
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
IndianaMap
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
Maps of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin
Most comprehensive digital compilation of geologic information about the New Albany..
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping of a Quaternary Paleovalley System, Bartholomew County (Edinburgh quadrangle)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Edinburgh 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew
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: Johnson, Matthew


Kammer, Ryan

US-China Clean Energy Research Center, Advanced Coal Technology Consortium
The objective of the CERC-ACTC program is to advance R&D on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology such that it may play an integral role in mitigating CO2 emissions over the coming decades.
Primary Contact: Kammer, Ryan


Keith, Brian

A systems approach to identifying exploration and development opportunities in the Illinois Basin: Digital portfolio of plays in underexplored Lower Paleozoic rocks
Develop a digital play portfolio for Devonian and deeper Paleozoic strata in the Illinois Basin, which represents a poorly understood and underutilized energy resource.
Primary Contact: Keith, Brian
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: Keith, Brian
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: Keith, Brian


Lanman, Jennifer

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: Lanman, Jennifer
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: Lanman, Jennifer
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Lanman, Jennifer


Letsinger, Sally

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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Near-surface Groundwater Recharge 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: Letsinger, Sally
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Sinkhole Development Risk in south-central Indiana
Identify both existing areas of karst development in south-central Indiana, along with identification of the spatial distribution of areas with high probabilities of karst or sinkhole development.
Primary Contact: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
Planning, coordination, and training associated with lead sampling activities in schools
The objective is to provide comprehensive planning, coordination, and sampling services for all schools that express interest and participate in the Indiana school water sampling program.
Primary Contact: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
Spatial analysis of significant water withdrawal facilities in Indiana
This project will support the larger effort of improving the data accuracy in databases important to water resources planning in Indiana.
Primary Contact: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Letsinger, Sally
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
Unsaturated-zone hydrology of glacial hydrogeologic settings in Indiana
Unsaturated zone data from monitoring sites in eight unique glacial hydrogeologic settings are processed and analyzed to better understand rates of water movement toward underlying aquifers and adjacent surface water bodies.
Primary Contact: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally
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: Letsinger, Sally


Loope, Henry

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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping of a Quaternary Paleovalley System, Bartholomew County (Edinburgh quadrangle)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Edinburgh 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry
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: Loope, Henry


Mastalerz, Maria

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: Mastalerz, Maria
Assessing factors that influence roof and floor conditions in the Gibson County Coal Company's underground mine in Gibson County
The goal of this project is to predict roof and floor conditions in advance of mining.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Characterization of Indiana's coal resource: Availability of the reserves, physical and chemical properties of the coal, and present and potential uses
Many key questions remain regarding the character of Indiana coals including: where are the reserves of low-sulfur coal; how much coal is available for mining; what factors control the ash and moisture content; what geological characteristics influence the occurrence of methane in some of the coals; which coals generate favorable byproducts; and where are the coal beds that are best suited for carbon sequestration? Additionally, there may be unrecognized properties of Indiana coals that could be exploited by emerging industries such as biotechnology, electronics, ceramics, or chemistry. The objective of this project is to produce a comprehensive report for the Center for Coal Technology Research documenting the physical and chemical characteristics of Indiana coal, with a special emphasis on the properties that are unique to Indiana and that our state can capitalize upon.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Coalbed gas potential in Indiana
The main objective is to carry out the research that helps to understand and to utilize this clean source of energy from coal
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Converting Coal Maps to Story Maps
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Distribution of mercury in Indiana coals and its implications for mining and combustion
1) Develop a database of mercury content of Indiana coal seams that can be used by the coal and energy industries; 2) Investigate controls on mercury content to formulate a predictive model for the coal and energy industries to make decisions about mixing coals to meet the new mercury regulations; and 3) Investigate techniques of mercury removal from coal.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Enhanced Biological Natural Gas Production from Coal - China Gateway - a proposal for IU President's International Research Awards
There are 2 specific objectives that will be accomplished during the studies funded by the President’s International Research Award: (1) We will build upon a year’s worth of preliminary research using small bottle reactors on methane generation from fungal-treated coal, and determine if methane can be generated using coal slurry in a larger sequential aerobic-anaerobic stirred tank reactor. (2) We will also evaluate the effects of operating parameters, e.g., temperature, pH and medium composition on methane generation **Flynn Picardal, SPEA, is the Project Director
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Evaluation of Indiana Coals for Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)
This is a 2-year study to evaluate Indiana coals in IGCC systems. The project includes field work, sample collection, new analytical work, as well as integration of new and existing data for interpreting coal performance in an IGCC. We target major economic coal beds: the Danville, Hymera, Springfield, and Lower Block. Sampling locations are selected such that: 1) an adequate distribution of data points is provided using new and existing data, in order to map the degree variability of individual parameters important for IGCC; and 2) available coal mines and drilling locations are used to obtain fresh samples.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Evaluation of Indiana Coals for Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)
This is a 2-year study to evaluate Indiana coals in IGCC systems. The project includes field work, sample collection, new analytical work, as well as integration of new and existing data for interpreting coal performance in an IGCC. We target major economic coal beds: the Danville, Hymera, Springfield, and Lower Block. Sampling locations are selected such that: 1) an adequate distribution of data points is provided using new and existing data, in order to map the degree variability of individual parameters important for IGCC; and 2) available coal mines and drilling locations are used to obtain fresh samples.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Evaluation of Indiana coals for underground coal gasification (UCG)
Two main objectives of the project are: 1)Careful analysis of Indiana’s geology, coal properties, water resources, etc.;and 2)Identification of potential UCG sites and determination of the feasibility of this technology in Indiana.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Evaluation of the Illinois Basin coals for underground coal gasification (UCG)
We plan to synthesize all the information related to UCG and prepare a publication that would provide a comprehensive evaluation of coals for UCG basin wide
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Exploring the sequestration efficiency of coals using neutron scattering: the effect of exposure to sub-and supercritical CO2 on the porous coal matrix
Two main objectives of this project are: 1) investigating CO2 adsorption mechanisms in coals and organic matter rich shales; and 2) documenting changes in the rock as a result of CO2 injection at reservoir conditions
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Investigation of the Origin and Nature of Coke Variations in Non-Recovery/Heat-Recovery Coke Making
The objective of our research is to further investigate the role of coal blend dilatation and rheology on coke porosity and CSR in an unconstrained heat-recovery cokemaking technology.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Maps of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin
Most comprehensive digital compilation of geologic information about the New Albany..
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Organizing 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington
To organize Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington, IN in September 2019.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Petrographic and chemical characterization of Indiana coals and their use in the steel industry
The purpose of this project was to provide a detailed chemical and petrographic characterization of selected coal seams in Indiana, with the main focus on the Danville Coal Member of the Carbondale Formation and the Lower Block Coal Member of the Brazil Formation.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
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: Mastalerz, Maria
Prediction of CO2 sorption in coal seams
The overall research goals are to: 1) Develop a reliable and practical method to measure CO2 sorption in coal in realistic temperature/pressure conditions; 2) Determine CO2 sorption characteristics in coals of specific rank, type, and lithotype structure; and 3) Evaluate how fast and how much of initially present methane (CH4) can be desorbed from coal during CO2 adsorption.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Quality of coals in Indiana: Collecting new data
The main objective is to collect coal samples and obtain new analyses on coals to expand the coal-quality database.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Shale Gas: Geochemical and Physical Constraints on Genesis, Storage, and Productibility
This project is comprised of three tasks related to shale gas: (1) Study of porosity in shale; (2) Natural methane outgassing from shales into the atmosphere; and (3) Generation of catalytic shale gas. Each task focuses on an individual aspect in need of basic shale research for industrial and environmental reasons. All three tasks are conceptually linked.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Significance of isotopically labile organic hydrogen in the thermal maturation of source rocks
The main objective of the project is to evaluate the geochemical magnitude and significance of hydrogen isotopic exchangeability in kerogens.
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria
Stratigraphy of the Brazil Formation coal and their potential for coking - Phase 2
Two main objectives of this project are: 1) advance understanding of the stratigraphy of the Brazil and Staunton Formation coals so that the seam identification and correlation become more reliable within the state as well as the entire Illinois Basin; and 2) investigate properties of the coals with the special emphasis on coking properties and consequently on their application in the steel industry
Primary Contact: Mastalerz, Maria


McGuire, Clayton

Converting Coal Maps to Story Maps
Primary Contact: McGuire, Clayton
Critical zone karst observatory
1) Designing and implementing an online registry and inventory system for dye traces that will update IndianaMap and provide notifications to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and emergency management professionals in the location where such traces occur. a. This project mimics the implementation by the Kentucky Division of Water that provides a record of all dye traces conducted in the state. Information from these dye traces are incorporated into statewide maps that help state agencies create and implement development and construction plans. b. Indiana citizens benefit from this project by having a source of information for active, and justified, projects that define groundwater flow. c. Emergency professionals benefit from this project by having an actively updated source of information to distribute in advance of planned tracing activities or answer questions or concerns from citizens. 2) Soliciting existing dye trace data in state/federal agencies, universities, and consulting firms to enhance the presently existing layer in IndianaMap. a. Decades of dye-trace data are presently scattered among environmental consultants, cave enthusiasts, and state agencies. This project will create and authoritative repository and source for these data. b. This effort enhances existing layers in IndianaMap (http://maps.indiana.edu) by collecting all dye trace data in a free public-accessible and searchable site. 3) Conducting a sequence of dye traces in Harrison/Crawford Counties in collaboration with private landowners, tourist caves, state/federal agencies, and municipalities to better outline the boundaries of groundwater basins. a. This project was specifically requested by Mr. Rand Heazlitt, manager of the Town of Corydon and a co-investor of Indiana Caverns. b. Additional dye tracing will help guide exploration and define the limits of the landscape that contributes water to Indiana Caverns. c. Targeted tracing will also help illustrate the direction and speed of groundwater flow, which can help Mr. Heazlitt leverage state funding to expand the sanitation system of the Town of Corydon in response to increased housing development. 4) Installing a set of field-based geochemical and water-level monitoring instrumentation in caves, wells, and springs of the Blueppring and Lost River karst basins of Lawrence and Orange Counties to provide insight into changes in water chemistry and discharge across the karst basins and during individual storms. a. One outcome of this project is an increased understanding of how the landscape responds to rainfall, which have caused considerable flooding and are projected to become greater in intensity with climate change. b. Data from some sites in this project will be made available online for the public and to visitors of Bluespring Cavern in real time on a website that can be live streamed in the visitor center. 5) Collecting water samples at six (6) locations in the Lost River karst basin that, when combined with the data in project 4, provide unique and valuable insight into the transport of carbon, nutrients, and sediments in an agriculturally intensive landscape. a. The data from projects 4 and 5 will be used to create a comprehensive view of the rate of nutrient and sediment loss from these karst basins. b. Such results are vitally important to better refining the role of karst landscapes in the global carbon cycle. c. Results from this study will provide one node of data that can help model water quality changes in the Mississippi River watershed and better predict the ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico caused by excess nutrients.
Primary Contact: McGuire, Clayton
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: McGuire, Clayton
GeoNotes for 2017
Create new GeoNotes to continue educational outreach
Primary Contact: McGuire, Clayton
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: McGuire, Clayton
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: McGuire, Clayton
Indiana 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: McGuire, Clayton
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: McGuire, Clayton
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: McGuire, Clayton
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: McGuire, Clayton
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: McGuire, Clayton
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: McGuire, Clayton


McLaughlin, Patrick

2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: McLaughlin, Patrick
2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: McLaughlin, Patrick
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: McLaughlin, Patrick
Chemostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of IGS – Survey Drill Holes (SDHs)
Hypothesis: Conodont concentration correlates with whole rock composition.
Primary Contact: McLaughlin, Patrick
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: McLaughlin, Patrick
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: McLaughlin, Patrick
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: McLaughlin, Patrick
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: McLaughlin, Patrick
Ordovician Time Scale
Lots of pXRF analysis and mentoring of two undergraduates.
Primary Contact: McLaughlin, Patrick
Silurian Sr-isotope chemostratigraphy of southern Indiana
Complete a Sr-isotope curve for southern Indiana tied to previously collected geochemistry.
Primary Contact: McLaughlin, Patrick
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: McLaughlin, Patrick
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: McLaughlin, Patrick
Stratigraphy of the Brazil Formation coal and their potential for coking - Phase 2
Two main objectives of this project are: 1) advance understanding of the stratigraphy of the Brazil and Staunton Formation coals so that the seam identification and correlation become more reliable within the state as well as the entire Illinois Basin; and 2) investigate properties of the coals with the special emphasis on coking properties and consequently on their application in the steel industry
Primary Contact: McLaughlin, Patrick


Medina, Cristian

2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: Medina, Cristian
2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Medina, Cristian
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: Medina, Cristian
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Medina, Cristian
Feasibility Assessment of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Options in the Central Illinois Basin, Illinois
The Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) will perform work as part of a larger project designed to develop a large-volume, carbon storage complex at an industrial facility in the United States. The objective of the IGS’s research will be to support the evaluation of the subsurface geological sequestration potential for an integrated commercial-scale CO2 capture, transport, and storage system. The IGS will be conducting tasks that contribute to the evaluation of potential storage reservoirs and seals that reside in the subsurface in an area surrounding a series of oil and gas fields located in a series of counties in the central portion of the Illinois Basin, Illinois. This area is host to a number of CO2 generating facilities and therefore a storage system at the site in Macon County could serve as key component of a larger system that integrates multiple sources in the region. A major emphasis of the project will be to develop an effective team capable of addressing the technical, geologic, engineering, economic, legal, policy, and stakeholder elements related to implementation of a real-world CO2 storage project. To assist in the accomplishment of this goal, the IGS will coordinate with the Illinois State Geological Survey staff and other partners in their effort to address the overall needs of the project. The specific emphasis of the IGS contribution to the team will be in the realms of 1) technical assessment of geological systems and 2) evaluation of regional infrastructural and regulatory components.
Primary Contact: Medina, Cristian
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: Medina, Cristian
Petrophysical characterization, regional distribution, and geologic storage suitability of units within the Cambro-Ordovician sequence
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: Medina, Cristian
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: Medina, Cristian
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: Medina, Cristian


Meyer, Rebecca

2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: Meyer, Rebecca
2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
Converting Coal Maps to Story Maps
Primary Contact: Meyer, Rebecca
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
Indiana 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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca
Unconsolidated sediment (soil) core description database forms - Core-nucopia
Primary Contact: Meyer, Rebecca
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: Meyer, Rebecca


Motz, Gary

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: Motz, Gary
Digitization PEN: Paleoniches on the western Cincinnati arch, the Ordovician of Indiana
Primary Contact: Motz, Gary
Environmental Forecast Matrix
Primary Contact: Motz, Gary
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Motz, Gary
IMLS: Promoting Digital Access and (Re-)Discovery of the IU Paleontology Collection
To enhance the accessibility and discoverability of the type and figured specimens (especially including the entirety of the Rexroad conodont collection) via high-resolution macrophotography.
Primary Contact: Motz, Gary
Incorporation of high-resolution Indiana GIS data into Flyover Country via Macrostrat
To enhance wonder and knowledge of the natural resources of the State of Indiana by incorporating geologic data into the Flyover Country mobile app.
Primary Contact: Motz, Gary
Indiana 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: Motz, Gary


Naylor, Shawn

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: Naylor, Shawn
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: Naylor, Shawn
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: Naylor, Shawn
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: Naylor, Shawn
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: Naylor, Shawn
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Naylor, Shawn
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Primary Contact: Naylor, Shawn
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: Naylor, Shawn
Unconsolidated sediment (soil) core description database forms - Core-nucopia
Primary Contact: Naylor, Shawn
Unsaturated-zone hydrology of glacial hydrogeologic settings in Indiana
Unsaturated zone data from monitoring sites in eight unique glacial hydrogeologic settings are processed and analyzed to better understand rates of water movement toward underlying aquifers and adjacent surface water bodies.
Primary Contact: Naylor, Shawn


Packman, Drew

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: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: Packman, Drew
2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
Critical zone karst observatory
1) Designing and implementing an online registry and inventory system for dye traces that will update IndianaMap and provide notifications to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and emergency management professionals in the location where such traces occur. a. This project mimics the implementation by the Kentucky Division of Water that provides a record of all dye traces conducted in the state. Information from these dye traces are incorporated into statewide maps that help state agencies create and implement development and construction plans. b. Indiana citizens benefit from this project by having a source of information for active, and justified, projects that define groundwater flow. c. Emergency professionals benefit from this project by having an actively updated source of information to distribute in advance of planned tracing activities or answer questions or concerns from citizens. 2) Soliciting existing dye trace data in state/federal agencies, universities, and consulting firms to enhance the presently existing layer in IndianaMap. a. Decades of dye-trace data are presently scattered among environmental consultants, cave enthusiasts, and state agencies. This project will create and authoritative repository and source for these data. b. This effort enhances existing layers in IndianaMap (http://maps.indiana.edu) by collecting all dye trace data in a free public-accessible and searchable site. 3) Conducting a sequence of dye traces in Harrison/Crawford Counties in collaboration with private landowners, tourist caves, state/federal agencies, and municipalities to better outline the boundaries of groundwater basins. a. This project was specifically requested by Mr. Rand Heazlitt, manager of the Town of Corydon and a co-investor of Indiana Caverns. b. Additional dye tracing will help guide exploration and define the limits of the landscape that contributes water to Indiana Caverns. c. Targeted tracing will also help illustrate the direction and speed of groundwater flow, which can help Mr. Heazlitt leverage state funding to expand the sanitation system of the Town of Corydon in response to increased housing development. 4) Installing a set of field-based geochemical and water-level monitoring instrumentation in caves, wells, and springs of the Blueppring and Lost River karst basins of Lawrence and Orange Counties to provide insight into changes in water chemistry and discharge across the karst basins and during individual storms. a. One outcome of this project is an increased understanding of how the landscape responds to rainfall, which have caused considerable flooding and are projected to become greater in intensity with climate change. b. Data from some sites in this project will be made available online for the public and to visitors of Bluespring Cavern in real time on a website that can be live streamed in the visitor center. 5) Collecting water samples at six (6) locations in the Lost River karst basin that, when combined with the data in project 4, provide unique and valuable insight into the transport of carbon, nutrients, and sediments in an agriculturally intensive landscape. a. The data from projects 4 and 5 will be used to create a comprehensive view of the rate of nutrient and sediment loss from these karst basins. b. Such results are vitally important to better refining the role of karst landscapes in the global carbon cycle. c. Results from this study will provide one node of data that can help model water quality changes in the Mississippi River watershed and better predict the ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico caused by excess nutrients.
Primary Contact: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Packman, Drew
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: Packman, Drew
Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping of a Quaternary Paleovalley System, Bartholomew County (Edinburgh quadrangle)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Edinburgh 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Packman, Drew


Powell, Richard

Karst Poster
These water-quality problems result from human activities and can be prevented in part through better education of the general public about the areal extent, characteristics, and sensitivity of the karst environment.
Primary Contact: Powell, Richard
Potential nonpoint-source contamination of the Spring Mill Lake drainage basin
Determine the sources of contaminants that pollute Spring Mill Lake.
Primary Contact: Powell, Richard
Update of whetstone tombstone database
The purpose of this project is to continue to maintain and update the whetstone tombstone database.
Primary Contact: Powell, Richard


Rupp, Robin

2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping of a Quaternary Paleovalley System, Bartholomew County (Edinburgh quadrangle)
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Edinburgh 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin
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: Rupp, Robin


Russell, Kevin

2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Near-surface Groundwater Recharge 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: Russell, Kevin
IGS Miscellaneous Map: Sinkhole Development Risk in south-central Indiana
Identify both existing areas of karst development in south-central Indiana, along with identification of the spatial distribution of areas with high probabilities of karst or sinkhole development.
Primary Contact: Russell, Kevin
Incorporation of high-resolution Indiana GIS data into Flyover Country via Macrostrat
To enhance wonder and knowledge of the natural resources of the State of Indiana by incorporating geologic data into the Flyover Country mobile app.
Primary Contact: Russell, Kevin
IndianaMap
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: Russell, Kevin
Maps of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin
Most comprehensive digital compilation of geologic information about the New Albany..
Primary Contact: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
Petrophysical characterization, regional distribution, and geologic storage suitability of units within the Cambro-Ordovician sequence
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: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (New Bellsville and Columbus quadrangles)
This study will produce detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the New Bellsville and Columbus 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Primary Contact: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin
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: Russell, Kevin


Sturgeon, Polly

2017-2018 Master Naturalist Program
Educate Master Naturalist participants about the geology of Indiana.
Primary Contact: Sturgeon, Polly
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: Sturgeon, Polly
Digitization PEN: Paleoniches on the western Cincinnati arch, the Ordovician of Indiana
Primary Contact: Sturgeon, Polly
GeoMinute video series
To reach much of the public sector in Indiana using the “Youtube” methodology, by shooting short (1 minute) topical geologic subjects. This will be done by interviewing existing personnel about their current research or area of expertise and by using mostly existing equipment.
Primary Contact: Sturgeon, Polly
GeoNotes for 2017
Create new GeoNotes to continue educational outreach
Primary Contact: Sturgeon, Polly
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: Sturgeon, Polly
Spatial analysis of significant water withdrawal facilities in Indiana
This project will support the larger effort of improving the data accuracy in databases important to water resources planning in Indiana.
Primary Contact: Sturgeon, Polly
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: Sturgeon, Polly


Thompson, Todd

2017-2018 Master Naturalist Program
Educate Master Naturalist participants about the geology of Indiana.
Primary Contact: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd
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: Thompson, Todd


Tripp, Don

Planning, coordination, and training associated with lead sampling activities in schools
The objective is to provide comprehensive planning, coordination, and sampling services for all schools that express interest and participate in the Indiana school water sampling program.
Primary Contact: Tripp, Don


Weber, Licia

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: Weber, Licia
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: Weber, Licia
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: Weber, Licia