Geological Research at the IGS
  
  
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A systems approach to identifying exploration and development opportunities in the Illinois Basin: Digital portfolio of plays in underexplored Lower Paleozoic rocks
Status: active
IGS Contact: Brian Keith
Objective
Develop a digital play portfolio for Devonian and deeper Paleozoic strata in the Illinois Basin, which represents a poorly understood and underutilized energy resource.
An evaluation of high-resolution seismic-reflection data (HRSRD) in a portion of the Bluegrass Creek drainage basin for seismic risk studies in the greater Evansville area, Indiana
Status: active
IGS Contact: Marni Karaffa
Objective
To use high-resolution seismic-reflection data (HRSRD) to better evaluate and map the distribution of unconsolidated gravels, sands, silts, clays, and muds in the greater Evansville area to more precisely assess shaking and liquefaction potential and better predict earthquake damage.
Assessment of Hydrologic Consequences of CO2 Sequestration within the Illinois Basin
Status: active
IGS Contact: Kevin Ellett
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.
ASTM testing of the Salem Limestone
Status: active
IGS Contact: Drew Packman
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.
Bedrock Geology of Bartholomew County, Indiana
Status: active
IGS Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
Objective
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.
Compilation of Monroe County 1:24,000-scale geologic maps
Status: active
IGS Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
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.
Data collection, verification, and encoding for the National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS)
Status: active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
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.
Evaluation of bench-scale acid mine drainage (AMD) bioremediation tests: Water-quality monitoring and data interpretation
Status: active
IGS Contact: Tracy Branam
Objective
This research is designed to treat these seeps so that the concentration of acidity, sulfate, and toxic metals is much reduced or eliminated.
Evaluation of Indiana Coals for Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)
Status: active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Objective
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.
Evaluation of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of the Cambro-Ordovician Strata of the Illinois and Michigan Basins
Status: active
IGS Contact: Kevin Ellett
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.
Gamma-ray logging program
Status: active
IGS Contact: Marni Karaffa
Objective
The purpose of this project was to use the most cost-effective way to continue to add data to the large amount of gamma-ray log and sediment information at the Indiana Geological Survey.
Geologic map of Shoals 7.5-minute quadrangle
Status: active
IGS Contact: John Steinmetz
Objective
Complete map by May, 2005
Geologic Model for Erie Lobe Clay-Rich Till, the Lagro Formation, Across Northeast Indiana
Status: active
IGS Contact: Michael Prentice
Objective
Collect and study continuous sediment cores. Collect and study shear-wave seismic-reflection data. Resolve surface geomorphology.
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Research
Status: active
IGS Contact: Nelson Shaffer
Objective
To investigate ground penetrating radar for mining, archaeological,forensic, engineering, and other applications to enhance all operations which dig into the earth.
Hydrochemical evaluation and predictive modeling of sulfate-reducing bioreactor cells
Status: active
IGS Contact: Tracy Branam
Objective
The goal of the research project is to evaluate and model the performance and longevity of SRBCs for the passive remediation of AMD.
Indiana Coal Mine Information System
Status: active
IGS Contact: Rebecca Meyer
Objective
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.
Indiana Contribution to the National Geothermal Data System
Status: active
IGS Contact: Denver Harper
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."
Indiana Geological Survey Data Preservation project
Status: active
IGS Contact: Richard Hill
Objective
The Indiana Geological Survey is participating in the National Geologic and Geophysical Data Preservation Program to inventory and preserve its collections of physical samples and materials.
Indiana Geological Survey Geologic Names Information System
Status: active
IGS Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Objective
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.
Investigation of groundwater in abandoned underground coal mines
Status: active
IGS Contact: Denver Harper
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.
Late Holocene lake level of Lake Huron
Status: active
IGS Contact: Todd Thompson
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.
Limestone Fines
Status: active
IGS Contact: Nelson Shaffer
Objective
Determine locations, approximate amounts, and characteristics of fine-grain waste materials from Indiana aggregate plants.
Lower Pennsylvanian incised valley fills and comparison to Amazon River facies and processes
Status: active
IGS Contact: John Steinmetz
Objective
The object of this study is to develop models to explain fill successions in incised valleys found in the Pennsylvanian of the Illinois Basin.
Mapping bedrock geology in Lawrence County
Status: active
IGS Contact: Todd Thompson
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.
Mapping glacial geology, Greenfield-New Castle-Muncie area
Status: active
IGS Contact: Marni Karaffa
Objective
The purpose of this project was to document the three-dimensional distribution of coarse-grained deposits that serve as aquifers and fine-grained deposits that protect those aquifers; identify potential gravel aggregate resources in areas of former glacial meltwater streams; identify and document different kinds of glacial landscapes; and explain the significance of glacial landscapes relating to the history of glaciation in Indiana, the impacts that glacial geology have on the way we live, and the value of glacial deposits as natural resources.
Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)
Status: active
IGS Contact: John Rupp
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.
Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP)
Status: active
IGS Contact: Cristian Medina
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.
Mine Map Acquisition and Digital Archiving Project
Status: active
IGS Contact: Licia Weber
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.
Mineralogy of Indiana
Status: active
IGS Contact: Nelson Shaffer
Objective
This research is designed to generate information about minerals, their chemistry, structure, uses, and environmental aspects.
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
IGS Contact: Greg Olyphant
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.
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
IGS Contact: Greg Olyphant
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.
National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB)
Status: active
IGS Contact: John Rupp
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 Geologic Mapping Database (NGMDB) Map Catalog
Status: active
IGS Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
Objective
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.
Petroleum Database Management System
Status: active
IGS Contact: Charles Zuppann
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.
Potential karst development areas in the Hoosier National Forest
Status: active
IGS Contact: Sally Letsinger
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.
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
IGS Contact: Tracy Branam
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.
Resource assessment and production testing for coal-bed methane development in the Illinois Basin
Status: active
IGS Contact: John Rupp
Objective
The goal of this project is to obtain fundamental baseline information on methane for Illinois Basin coals and associated organic-rich shales. This study will provide valuable data to stimulate development of gas from areas believed to have the best potential for economically extractable CBM in the Illinois Basin.
Reuses for Mined Lands
Status: active
IGS Contact: Nelson Shaffer
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.
Sampling and drilling of unconsolidated sediments
Status: active
IGS Contact: Marni Karaffa
Objective
This purpose of this project is to provide a cost-effective method of obtaining subsurface glacial material samples and stratigraphy data in areas of mapping priority, areas that either lack data (or complete sets of data), or in areas of specific research interests.
Simulation of CO2 Storage in the Arches Province of the Midwestern United States
Status: active
IGS Contact: Cristian Medina
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.
Sulfate-reducing bioreactor net discharge monitoring
Status: active
IGS Contact: Tracy Branam
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.
The Indiana Shallow Geothermal Monitoring Network: A test bed for facilitating the optimization of ground-source heat pumps in the glaciated Midwest
Status: active
IGS Contact: Shawn Naylor
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.
Three-dimensional geologic model development of the Huntertown Formation, Allen County, Indiana
Status: active
IGS Contact: Sally Letsinger
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).
Update of whetstone tombstone database
Status: active
IGS Contact: Richard Powell
Objective
The purpose of this project is to continue to maintain and update the whetstone tombstone database.
Web-based glacial and bedrock geologic map products and databases for Monroe County, Indiana
Status: active
IGS Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Objective
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.
Web-based interactive map of biofuels production and retail facilities
Status: active
IGS Contact: John Rupp
Objective
The Indiana Geological Survey will provide accurate and timely information about the location and basic attributes of biofuels production facilities and distribution outlets located within the state.


 
 
 
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