2023 exhibit
The 2023 exhibition will be centered around the Pleistocene ice age. A physical exhibit will be developed in the IGWS lobby and a coordinating 150-ft geologic timeline will be installed in the Learning Lab. Complementary in-person and digital programming will be developed to extend the exhibition's reach and impact. UITS 3D will create a 3D Matterport scan of the Learning Lab, which will be linked on the IGWS website. The Ice Age exhibition will coordinate with the 2023 annual calendar and the new Indiana state fossil.
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
Assessment of geologic and hydrogeologic properties of formations within the Indiana portion of the Illinois Basin for geologic energy storage
The objective of this project is to work with the United States Geological Survey to identify available data that can be applied to research related to geologic energy storage in the Indiana portion of the Illinois Basin. Additionally, data gaps will be identified for future projects to address.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Carbon Ore, Rare Earth and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM) Initiative for U.S., Basins
The overall objective of this project is to assess availability of coal/coal waste/coal combustion products/AMD in Indiana that could potentially serve as sources of REE.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Early Pennsylvanian Sediment Routing in the U.S. Eastern Interior
This study will apply source-to-sink methods to constrain the drainage basin boundaries of Early Pennsylvanian fluvial systems in the Illinois basin and neighboring basins.
Primary Contact: Isaac Allred
FY2022 USGS NGGDPP: IGWS FAIR Data Initiative 2022 – Records Center and Server Salvage
• Purchase 5,000 Hollinger boxes and label sleeves to store records on new high-density shelving • Inventory and rehouse 693.4 LF of petroleum industry records • Merge, reduce, and rehouse 101.3 LF of duplicated gamma log records • Organize, describe, and ingest into ResourceSpace 26,000 core photographs and interpreted X-ray fluorescence data pdfs • Update National Digital Catalog records (NDC)
Primary Contact: Jennifer Lanman
Geomorphology, Stratigraphy and Chronology of the Flatwoods area, south-central Indiana
The objectives of this study are to compile existing stratigraphic, mineralogic, and geophysical data and couple this with new data collection (passive seismic, deep coring, and geochronology) in order to reconstruct the Quaternary geologic history of the Flatwoods area.
Primary Contact: Henry Loope
IGS Geospatial Portal
The Survey needs a central enterprise data store that users across all divisions of the organization can access and update. Project data will be collected centrally and can be used (and updated) in future projects. This continually improving data set will not only make work easier within the Survey, but can be used as a product for external use as well.
Primary Contact: Ben Romlein
IGWS ResourceSpace DAMS Content Curation and System Refinement
Addition of metadata to collections ingested into RS, digital curation and ingest of IGWS materials, alterations and refinements of elements of RS system.
Primary Contact: Will Knauth
IGWS STATEMAP Products Spreadsheet/Database
This task focuses on creating and maintaining a spreadsheet/database that contains information for all the STATEMAP maps and map-related documents that the IGWS has completed and/or submitted to the USGS since 1993. The spreadsheet/database will contain the following information for each map or map-related product: the year that the project was initiated, the name of the mapped area, the map scale, the amount of federal and state dollars contributed to the product, designation of each map as a bedrock or surficial map, the IGWS publication number, the availability of the product from the IGWS Bookstore, the correct citation for the IGWS published and unpublished documents, and the USGS STATEMAP grant number. Using the spreadsheet/database, an updated interactive map will be created to showcase the mapping efforts in the state. This map (located on the STATEMAP webpage) will provide links to published STATEMAP products for the public; another version will provide links to both published and unpublished STATEMAP products for the IGWS staff. The data could also be used to either update the Data Collection Viewer or create a new application, the IGWS Data Hub, to showcase all survey work. A second phase to the project could be to create a StoryMap.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Indiana Geological Survey Geologic Names Information System
The database will facilitate labeling stratigraphic data in IGWS digital and paper archives, aid IGWS researchers in locating current geologic nomenclature for their publications, and provide web-based access to IGWS geologic nomenclature to a broad spectrum of users from academia, industry, government, and the general public.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Indiana Journal of Earth Sciences - Volume 4
Primary Contact: Sara Clifford
Integration of Central Baja California Research Activities
The goal of this IGWS project is to consolidate activities and results from research by the PI and his students at multiple institutions, in a manner that results are efficiently shared with main PIs from the grants explained above. The goal is to take advantage of synergies via sharing ideas, data, collaborating in the field and in laboratory activities.
Primary Contact: Jose Luis Antinao
Locating and characterizing important springs of the Indiana Uplands
Scour publication archives for historical spring data dating back to 1901; visit 100 springs to sample water quality and compare these results to available historical data; use these data to develop and make available a geospatial database of springs; and develop a crowdsourcing geospatial tool to acquire information on springs and engage residents in communities throughout SWCI.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
National Mesonet Program
Primary Contact: Ginger Davis
National Water Quality Leadership & Partnerships
To build partnerships throughout the state of Indiana that would support the development of unified educational program centered around water quality, drinking water, and actions for improvement.
Primary Contact: Ginger Davis
Open Access Publications: RS/Bookstore/IUSW
To process IGWS publications for accessibility and ensure an accurate asset entry and retrieval option is in place for all Open Access Pubs. This will be accomplished in three repository locations, ResourceSpace, IUScholarWorks, and the IGWS bookstore; with all relevant data stored in IU secured cold data storage.
Primary Contact: Will Knauth
PDMS Fix 2022-2024
The main objective of this project is to merge all of the records by removing the "Records Cornucopia" and adding all of the scanned documents to their correct location in the "Reports" and "Log Info" sections of the PDMS. The method for obtaining records in the future may also be changed so that the PDMS can be maintained more easily.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
PDMS Maintenance 2022
The long-term goal is to populate the PDMS with current and historical data for petroleum wells and fields in Indiana.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
Peoria Loess Chronology and Provenance
This project will determine the provenance and chronology of deposition of Peoria Loess during the last glacial period in central Indiana.
Primary Contact: Henry Loope
Solid Biomass Energy
1) Create/improve the method of petrographic quality assessment for wider range of solid biomass products (including intermediate crops, crop by-products, grass, and other agricultural waste). 2) Expand our research expertise into growing biomass technologies like gasification (holzgas), torrefaction (biomass suitable for co-firing in coal-fired power plants), and anaerobic digestion (production of a methane-rich biogas from wet biomass sources). 3) Investigate relationships between raw fuel composition and the properties of their combustion and gasification emissions with a focus on parameters that could be used to predict the environmental and health impacts of fuel use. 4) Promote the idea of including petrographic analysis in solid biomass quality assurance testing and product certification with manuscripts, and presentations. 5) Expand collaboration with international universities and industry. 6) Create an "umbrella" center.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
StateMap 2021 Program
Create new maps that include: 1) bedrock mapping in the southern half of the Bedford quadrangle in south-central Indiana, 2) bedrock mapping in northern half of the Madison, Falmouth, and Louisville quadrangles in southeast Indiana, and 3) unconsolidated mapping of ice-marginal sediments between the cities of Jasper and Washington in south-central Indiana
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
StateMap 2022 Program
Create new maps that include: 1) Quaternary mapping of the Bloomington 100k quadrangle 2) Bedrock mapping of the Jasper and Indiana portion of Tell City 100k quadrangle maps 3) Bedrock mapping of the Princeton and Indiana portions of adjacent 100k quadrangle maps Data updates: 1) Updated NGMDB entries with new URLs, citations, etc. Stratigraphy: 1)Formalizing a Late Pleistocene stratigraphy for northern Indiana
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
Uplands Drinking Water: Formative research with stakeholders to support reliable, safe, and affordable water
We will systematically gather the perspectives of professional stakeholders who are involved in managing the region’s drinking water, to pinpoint actions towards ensuring access to reliable, safe, and affordable drinking water for the Indiana Uplands. The project will focus particular attention on these aspects of the region’s drinking water: 1)Characterizing the current landscape of drinking water sources in the Uplands. This will include estimating the population having access to a regulated community water supply, and the population relying on unregulated sources (private wells, cisterns, ponds, other). 2)Enumerating the key concerns of professional stakeholders about the reliability, safety, palatability, and affordability of drinking water, and the main challenges they describe for regulated, community water systems and unregulated water systems. 3)Eliciting these stakeholders’ observations of local people’s drinking water consumption (or lack thereof) in their service regions. 4)Identifying and building consensus around needed updates to southern Indiana’s water infrastructure, including outlining potential options for greening this infrastructure (e.g., by decreasing energy used to produce and process water).
Primary Contact: Ginger Davis