Landmarks in Indiana Geology

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 1, 2017 Jun 1, 2018 All Counties
Director: Matthew Johnson
Other Researchers: Deborah DeChurch, Barbara Hill, Todd Thompson Henry Gray, Dick Powell
Funding: Indiana University - Office of the Bicentennial
Issue: Indiana University (IU) through various earth science departments and the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) have played a significant part in the understanding of Indiana’s and the nation’s geology over the past 200 years. This project highlights noteworthy discoveries and events (i.e., landmarks) in the history of the study of the state’s geology. Specifically, we will build a timeline of “landmarks,” using an Esri StoryMap (combined Cascade and Narrative templates) that incorporates text, images, interactive maps, and video to chronicle the history. The IGS is uniquely capable of assembling this product, having been associated with IU for most of the Survey’s 180 years of existence beginning with the hiring Professor/Colonel Richard Dale Owen as Indiana’s second state geologist in 1860. Content was created by the IGS staff, led primarily by Dr. Henry Gray (IGS retiree).
Objective: 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.
Approach: We have selected an Esri StoryMap to document Indiana’s geological landmarks. The StoryMap approach to web development is very flexible with the type of content that can be assembled and explored. Currently, we have close to 40 main timeline stops to be illustrated with static and interactive maps, photographs, and video. In addition, we have another 40 notable contributions (sub timeline stops) to Indiana’s historic geology that allow the user to explore other aspects the IU/IGS impact on the state and nation. Most of the text was written by Dr. Henry Gray, a 92-year retiree of IU/IGS that was hired by the IGS in the 1950’s. Student effort is needed to work with IGS staff to assemble the final products.
Products: IGSMap StoryMap using the Cascading StoryMap Template. Once complete additional "For more information" on certain time periods may be added in the future.
Benefits: From understanding the history of geology in Indiana to archiving and making unpublished knowledge available both IGS staff and the public will benefit.