Geological Research at the IGS
  
  
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2014 Indiana Geological Survey Data Preservation Program
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Richard Hill
Objective
Inventory and catalogue approximately 40,000 grain-size sediment samples that are stored in approximately 700 core boxes and analyze/associate them with existing IGS records and databases.
2014-15 Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition Website
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Objective
The website provides information on the goals, products, and personnel of the eight Great Lakes state geological surveys (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. The GLGMC website is used by a number of individuals, including the general public, planners, consultants, and state and federal agencies.
2015 Indiana Data Perservation Program
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Richard Hill
Objective
For many years, the IGS has kept geologic records, maps, field notebooks, and partially completed projects remaining from scientific research staff who retired or left employment. Approximately 32 file cabinets, 36 map cabinets, and 45 banker boxes exist at the IGS that contain geological paper records from past employees; for the most part, though, there is no catalog or inventory of these items. Some files and boxes are labeled with the name of a staff member or a general topic; however, current staff of the IGS do not know in detail what they contain. We do believe that some records are related to the IGS’s physical sample collections and various other geological databases, and they may contain descriptions of rock core, sediment samples, and outcrops. Documenting the details of these unexamined records would provide added value to our existing collections and geological databases.
2015-16 Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition Website
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Objective
The website provides information on the goals, products, and personnel of the eight Great Lakes state geological surveys (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. The GLGMC website is used by a number of individuals, including the general public, planners, consultants, and state and federal agencies.
Application of transmitted light techniques for evaluation of thermal maturity
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Objective
Project analyzes changes in color of structureless amorphous organic matter and palynomorphs in transmitted light through a range of maturity stages.
Archiving Geophysical Logs
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Marni Karaffa
Objective
The objective of the archiving projectis to create standardized digital formats of all IGS geophysical logs and make them available to IGS staff and the public as PDF and LAS downloads via the IGS web site
Archiving Geophysical Logs
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Marni Karaffa
Objective
The objective of the archiving projectis to create standardized digital formats of all IGS geophysical logs and make them available to IGS staff and the public as PDF and LAS downloads via the IGS web site
Assessment of Potential for Induced Seismicity in the Illinois Basin
Status: Active
IGS Contact: John Rupp
Objective
Determine if there are threshold values of pressures and volumes of injected fluids that could trigger earthquakes. Provide technical analysis to the policy makers and regulatory community that governs oil and gas development in the state and region.
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.
Augmented Reality 3D Sandbox
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Kevin Russell
Objective
To develop and construct a high-interest, interactive exhibit display that demonstrates changing topography and the consequences of such processes.
Biogenic methanogenesis and biodegradation of organic matter in coals
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Objective
This collaborative research evaluates fundamental biogeochemical processes associated with microbial degradation of organic matter (OM) during generation of methane in coals. The overall goal is to understand the substrates that sustain microbial transformations of OM in coal beds, the nature of involved chemical pathways and effect of varying electron acceptor condition, and the role of these processes in the generation of coalbed methane (CBM).
Blue River Group Isotope Study
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Walter Gray
Objective
Provide a complete isotope analysis of carbonate and pyrite sulfur along with carbonate and organic carbon analysis of the entire Blue River Group.
Combined underground coal gasification and CO2 Capture and Storage - TOPS - Technology options for coupled underground coal gasification and CO2 capture and storage
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Objective
The main objective of the proposed project is to develop a generic underground coal gasification – carbon capture and storage (UCG-CCS) site characterization workflow which would address the dilemma faced by the proponents of reactor zone CO2 storage and offers technological solutions to source-sink mismatch issues that are likely to be faced in many coalfields.
Data collection, verification, and encoding for the National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS)
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Objective
The purpose of this project is to provide easy availability of point-source coal resource information, including coal location, thickness, depth, and other parameters.
Database of Industrial Mineral Producers in Indiana
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Kathryn Shaffer
Objective
To produce a database of industrial minerals mines in the state and keep it up to date on a quarterly basis.
Developments in the Indiana industrial minerals industry in 2012-2013 for the UGS Minerals Yearbook
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Kathryn Shaffer
Objective
To produce a report of industrial mineral mining developments in Indiana for the years 2012 and 2013.
Evaluating geologic hazards at Bicycle Basin, Fort Irwin, California
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Kevin Ellett
Objective
The objective of this project is to determine the most likely driving mechanism for land surface deformation at Bicycle Basin playa. One hypothesis for surface crack/Earth fissure evolution is a tensile failure resulting from differential compaction of the aquifer system as depressurization occurs from groundwater pumping at nearby wells. Such a driving mechanism for Earth fissure development represents relatively deep-seeded stress and strain in the alluvial basin-fill units for which mitigation is likely to entail significant operations. In contrast, the observed presence of giant desiccation cracks in a network pattern across the playa suggests an alternative hypothesis is plausible in which surface cracks form from volume contraction with desiccation of clay-rich sediments. This potential mechanism for crack development represents a near-surface process for which mitigation is a relatively minor operation.
Exploration of Practical Applications of 3-dimensional Geosimulations and Animation
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Kevin Russell
Objective
Advance theory and methods of multidimensional GIS analysis and visualization of geologic data.
Extent, characteristics, and regional relations of the interlobate region in north-central Indiana
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Marni Karaffa
Objective
This project aims to develop an understanding of the physical properties, stratigraphic relations, and boundary conditions of the Saginaw, Huron-Erie, and Lake Michigan lobes
GENI - Mapping Indiana’s Bicentennial
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Matthew Johnson
Objective
Provide detailed maps of each county at various scales using base data and data provided by each county that are timeless and can be used for many years in the classroom and at other educational opportunities.
Groundwater geochemistry of Indiana aquifers: database development and analysis of the natural chemical character of bedrock and glacial aquifer systems
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Shawn Naylor
Objective
Compile groundwater geochemical analyses conducted in Indiana into a standardized database and analyze the data based on unique aquifer systems.
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 Coal Quality Database (ICQD)
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Objective
The Indiana Geological Survey has collected data and created databases on various physical and chemical parameters of Indiana coals for many years. This project creates the most comprehensive coal quality data compilation available for Indiana coals.
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.
Indiana Society of Mining and Reclamation Board
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Rebecca Meyer
Objective
ISMR is a professional alliance providing opportunity for education and communication of technical advances in mining and reclamation.
IndianaMap
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Richard Hill
Objective
Create a central repository of spatial data for Indiana and to make the data freely available to the public in a format that is readily accessible.
Interactive map of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Objective
The Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois State Geological Surveys have been collecting physical and chemical data and mapping the New Albany Shale for many years. This project is the most comprehensive digital compilation of geologic information about the New Albany Shale and its members.
Interactive Maps of the Indiana Coals
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Objective
The Indiana Geological Survey has been collecting physical and chemical data and mapping Indiana coals for many years. This project will create the most comprehensive data compilation available for Indiana coals.
Investigation of the source/cause of subsurface voids at Mt. Baldy, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, to mitigate visitor safety.
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Todd Thompson
Objective
The objective of this agreement is to investigate these previously undocumented anomalies in an effort to determine risk to visitors at INDU, investigate the “hole” phenomenon, and guide park decision making with regard to visitor safety and public education and understanding of know/unknown hazards.
Major points sources of CO2 emissions from coal in Indiana
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak
Objective
Provide major point sources of CO2 emissions from coal in Indiana (map and tabular data), including coal-burning electric power plants and industries and institutions.
Micro-scale chemical and mineralogical heterogeneity of shales and its influence on permeability of the Upper Devonian/Lower Mississippian Bakken Formation in Canada
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Objective
The overall hypothesis to be tested is that the rock fabric and specifically mutual arrangement of organic matter and mineral matter in shales influences porosity and permeability in tight oil/gas reservoirs and that understanding this mineral/organic distribution is critical for prediction of both gas storage and producibility.
Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)
Status: Active
IGS Contact: John Rupp
Objective
The purpose of this project is to determine if the rock systems in the subsurface of the Illinois Basin are strong enough for effective and permanent storage of gases that can contribute to global warming.
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.
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.
Pilot Program to Evaluate using Chloride as a Tracer for Estimating Recharge Rates
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Sally Letsinger
Objective
Collect sediment samples and analyze them for chloride and conduct a mass balance to determine the rate of groundwater recharge.
Preliminary analysis of arsenic in groundwater
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Sally Letsinger
Objective
We seek to undertake a preliminary analysis of geochemical information from several agencies (IGS, USGS, IDEM, MCHD) to understand the distribution of arsenic in groundwater in Indiana.
Quake Cottage Program 4
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Todd Thompson
Objective
To educate a variety of target audiences about earthquakes hazards and risks within the state and mitigation practices that reduces the economic and health impacts of such events.
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (Azalia quadrangle)
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Objective
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic map of the Azalia 7.5-minute quadrangle with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units.
Quaternary Geology of Bartholomew County (Elizabethtown and Hope quadrangles)
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Objective
This study will produce a detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the Elizabethtown and Hope 7.5-minute quadrangles with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
Shale Gas: Geochemical and Physical Constraints on Genesis, Storage, and Productibility
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Objective
This project is comprised of three tasks related to shale gas: (1) Study of porosity in shale; (2) Natural methane outgassing from shales into the atmosphere; and (3) Generation of catalytic shale gas. Each task focuses on an individual aspect in need of basic shale research for industrial and environmental reasons. All three tasks are conceptually linked.
Spatial analysis of 20 water utilities in Indiana
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Sally Letsinger
Objective
This project will support the larger study of the water utilities, focusing on providing a data-quality and accuracy assessment of the locations of 20 water utilities in Indiana. In addition, each water-extraction point (well or intake) will be characterized with respect to a suite of spatial landscape data layers.
STATEMAP 2015 Morgan County
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Objective
The 2015 STATEMAP project will produce (1) a preliminary bedrock geologic map of the Mooresville East 7.5-minute quadrangle (1:24,000-scale) with a cross section and detailed descriptions of map units and (2) preliminary detailed Quaternary geologic maps of the Martinsville and Mooresville West 7.5-minute quadrangles (1:24,000-scale) with cross sections and detailed descriptions of map units.
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN)
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Shawn Naylor
Objective
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN) was developed to monitor trends in water loss and gain for different components of the hydrologic cycle in various hydrogeologic settings.
Unsaturated-zone hydrology of glacial hydrogeologic settings in Indiana
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Shawn Naylor
Objective
Unsaturated zone data from monitoring sites in eight unique glacial hydrogeologic settings are processed and analyzed to better understand rates of water movement toward underlying aquifers and adjacent surface water bodies.
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.
USGS NGMDB Map Catalog 2015
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
Objective
Ensure that geologic maps published by the IGS and other Indiana geologic maps are properly represented in the USGS Map Catalog.
Web-based glacial and bedrock geologic map products and databases for Bartholomew County, Indiana
Status: Active
IGS Contact: Walter Hasenmueller
Objective
The objective of this task is to provide detailed geological information in an area that continues to experience pressure on natural resources by a large population. The final product will provide traditional surficial and bedrock geological information, as well as subsurface information, derivative maps, and summaries that will help users understand and make use of the wealth of geologic information that is becoming available for Bartholomew County.


 
 
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