Geological Research at the IGS
  

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Abandoned Mine Lands Program

Title: Mine Map Acquisition and Digital Archiving Project
Status: active
Objective:
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.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Title: Indiana Contribution to the National Geothermal Data System
Status: active
Objective:
State-specific geothermal data will be compiled into an integrated, distributed, and searchable national data system, referred to as the "National Geothermal Data System."

Battelle Memorial Institute

Title: Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP)
Status: active
Objective:
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.
Title: Simulation of CO2 Storage in the Arches Province of the Midwestern United States
Status: active
Objective:
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.

Illinois State Geological Survey

Title: Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)
Status: active
Objective:
The purpose of this project is to determine the appropriate methodologies for permanent storage of gases that can contribute to global warming. The feasibility of geological sequestration in the Cambro-Ordovician section within the Illinois Basin is being evaluated.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Evaluation of bench-scale acid mine drainage (AMD) bioremediation tests: Water-quality monitoring and data interpretation
Status: active
Objective:
This research is designed to treat these seeps so that the concentration of acidity, sulfate, and toxic metals is much reduced or eliminated.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Hydrochemical evaluation and predictive modeling of sulfate-reducing bioreactor cells
Status: active
Objective:
The goal of the research project is to evaluate and model the performance and longevity of SRBCs for the passive remediation of AMD.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Monitoring and modeling a large-scale experiment to change the direction of groundwater flow at the Blackfoot reclamation site in Pike County, Indiana
Status: active
Objective:
In an effort to ameliorate the problem, personnel of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Reclamation (IDNR-DOR) are planning a large-scale experiment to change the direction of groundwater flow away from the seepage area and toward an area where it will encounter alkaline spoils prior to discharging at the surface. The study combines detailed hydrologic monitoring with groundwater flow modeling to evaluate, optimize, and diagnose all the reasons why the reclamation strategy does or does not succeed. The project will commence prior to any reclamation activities but will continue through and after the period of hydrologic manipulation so that a thorough evaluation can be accomplished.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Rates and Controls on Toxic Metal Leaching from Coal-Combustion Residues Utilized as Structural Fills in Reclamation Settings: Emphasis on the Midwestern AML Site
Status: active
Objective:
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.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: 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
Status: active
Objective:
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.

Indiana Geological Survey

Title: Petroleum Database Management System
Status: active
Objective:
Facilitate access to information related to oil and gas wells in Indiana and to provide this information in ways that will allow it to be accessed efficiently by users.
Title: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Research
Status: active
Objective:
To investigate ground penetrating radar for mining, archaeological,forensic, engineering, and other applications to enhance all operations which dig into the earth.
Title: Limestone Fines
Status: active
Objective:
Determine locations, approximate amounts, and characteristics of fine-grain waste materials from Indiana aggregate plants.
Title: Reuses for Mined Lands
Status: active
Objective:
The research will identify mined areas and suggest ways to reuse the areas including innovative ways to generate energy, store electrical and other energy, provide sustainable jobs in recreation or tourism for residents in affected areas, and to alert industry planners and investors to substantial opportunities to make better use of mined lands.
Title: Mineralogy of Indiana
Status: active
Objective:
This research is designed to generate information about minerals, their chemistry, structure, uses, and environmental aspects.
Title: ASTM testing of the Salem Limestone
Status: active
Objective:
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.
Title: Investigation of groundwater in abandoned underground coal mines
Status: active
Objective:
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.

Office of Surface Mining

Title: Mine Map Acquisition and Digital Archiving Project
Status: active
Objective:
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.

U.S. Department of Energy

National Energy Technology Laboratory
Title: National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB)
Status: active
Objective:
The purpose of NATCARB is to facilitate the evaluation of geological sequestration of CO2 in the United Sates and Canada by compiling all pertinent geological information useful for such evaluations into a database. When completed, the database will allow users to estimate the amount of CO2 emitted by various sources (such as power plants, refineries, and other fossil fuel consuming industries) and relate these volumes to geologic reservoirs that can provide safe and secure sequestration over time.
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Title: Assessment of Hydrologic Consequences of CO2 Sequestration within the Illinois Basin
Status: active
Objective:
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.
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Title: Evaluation of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of the Cambro-Ordovician Strata of the Illinois and Michigan Basins
Status: active
Objective:
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.
USDE - No Specific Program
Title: The Indiana Shallow Geothermal Monitoring Network: A test bed for facilitating the optimization of ground-source heat pumps in the glaciated Midwest
Status: active
Objective:
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.

U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Title: Potential karst development areas in the Hoosier National Forest
Status: active
Objective:
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.
Title: Sulfate-reducing bioreactor net discharge monitoring
Status: active
Objective:
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.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Global Climate Change Program
Title: Late Holocene lake level of Lake Huron
Status: active
Objective:
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.
Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition
Title: Three-dimensional geologic model development of the Huntertown Formation, Allen County, Indiana
Status: active
Objective:
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).
National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS)
Title: Data collection, verification, and encoding for the National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS)
Status: active
Objective:
From 2010 to 2015, IGS staff will focus on collecting, processing, verifying, and encoding new data for numerous coal beds for entry into the NCRDS database. In addition, a database on coal gas and shale gas will be produced. These data will aid in correlating, evaluating the resources, and characterizing the coals.
STATEMAP Program
Title: Mapping bedrock geology in Lawrence County
Status: active
Objective:
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.
STATEMAP Program
Title: Compilation of Monroe County 1:24,000-scale geologic maps
Status: active
Objective:
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.


 
 
 
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