Organic matter in the Illinois Basin: Interactive atlas: Part I – New Albany Shale

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 25, 2016 Dec 31, 2017 Outside Indiana, state
Director: Agnieszka Drobniak
Other Researchers: Maria Mastalerz, Rebecca Meyer
Funding: Indiana University - Indiana Geological & Water Survey
Issue: Over the years we have accumulated abundance of photomicrographs of organic matter in coal and various shales from the Illinois Basin. These images are not publicly available, they are however of a great demand by researchers and the industry.
Objective: 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.
Approach: 1) We will start with reviewing all available photomicrographs, their stratigraphic context and location. 2) Template for the online atlas will be selected. 3) The functionality of the atlas will be tested by uploading images for one well. 4) Available photomicrographs will be uploaded. 5) Additional locations will be selected, samples prepared, and photographed. During this part of the project we plan to cooperate with ISGS and KGS, and collect new samples in the field.
Products: Online atlas
Benefits: These atlas will be a publicly available source of information for researchers, students and industry.