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Guidebook Series

Includes volumes containing general and technical information through detailed descriptions of geological features to help visitors understand the geologic conditions they observe along an itinerary or map route. Intended for professional audiences rather than the lay public, Guidebooks are prepared for scientific research-oriented field trips, often in conjunction with professional society or organization conferences. They are typically well illustrated and can include compilations of papers, outcrop or site descriptions, maps, and detailed road logs for field excursions, although the format varies greatly. The scientific focus differentiates them from the Field Trip Guidebook series. Guidebooks are a significant contribution to the geoscience literature and often are the most current or only synopsis of the geology of an area.

GB-43-Cover for Tina.jpg Guidebook 43 1967–2016—Celebrating 50 Years of Geoscience in the Mid-Continent: Guidebook for the 50th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America–North-Central Section
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Zakaria Lasemi and Scott Elrick, editors, 2016, 140 pp.

Highlights of the field trips from the 50th Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the Geological Society of America. Caron and Curry-three-dimensional geologic mapping in Will County.  Denny et al-focuses on the relationship between the mineralization and the igneous activity in the Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District. Grimley et al-highlights some of the recent research and geologic mapping in the Upper Sangamon River Basin of east-central Illinois. Rovey et al- discusses the Grover Gravel in St. Louis County, Missouri, and adjacent Illinois. Huysken et al-developments of a series of field-based projects that make use of state parks and natural areas. Overall a broad spectrum of the geologic features of Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri, which range in age from mid-Paleozoic to Quaternary, including fluorspar deposits.

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GB-42_011317-1.jpg Guidebook 42 Guide to the Geology, Hydrogeology, History, Archaeology, and Biotic Ecology of the Driftless Area of Northwestern Illinois, Jo Daviess County
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Samuel V. Panno, Philip G. Millhouse, Randy W. Nyboer, Daryl Watson, Walton R. Kelly, Lisa M. Anderson, Curtis C. Abert, and Donald E. Luman 2016. 78 pp.

This guidebook presents the geology, hydrogeology, history, archaeology, & biotic ecology of Jo Daviess County. The pages are filled with informative maps, figures, & photographs from mid- to late 1800s & early 1900s showing early street scenes & mining activities. It is an excellent primer on the region and can be used as a basic reference for local gray and green infrastructure planning and other land-use management decisions. Residents of Jo Daviess and surrounding areas interested in their heritage, teachers and students studying their place in history and the surrounding environment, and visitors who wish to have a better understanding of the area, the local culture, and its historic significance would benefit by owning this guidebook.

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GB 41.jpg Guidebook 41: Ridges, Mounds, and Valleys: Glacial–Interglacial History of the Kaskaskia Basin, Southwestern Illinois: 55th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene 2011 Field Conference
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David A. Grimley and Andrew C. Phillips, editors, with contributions by 14 others

A summary of the Quaternary history, landforms, and deposits in the Kaskaskia River drainage basin of southwestern Illinois. The Kaskaskia Basin area contains some of the best preserved and most intriguing landforms of the penultimate glaciation in the U.S. Midcontinent. The guidebook was originally developed for the two-day 55th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference in May 2011. Included is an overview of the Quaternary geology of the region as well as detailed geologic reports for each of 10 field trip stops, from the Vandalia area to the Mascoutah area. Topics include the origin of the ridged-drift topography of south-central Illinois, a possible Kaskaskia sublobe or ice stream, the history of glacial Lake Kaskaskia, fossil and paleoenvironmental records, chronology, archeology, and sodium-affected soils. Includes 15 tables and 48 figures

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GB-40_cover.jpg Guidebook 40 Deglacial History and Paleoenvironments of Northeastern Illinois, 54th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference May 16-18, 2008, DeKalb, Illinois
$20.00

Brandon Curry, editor, with contributions by 22 others, 2015. 179 pp.

The geology of the collar counties of Chicago is revealed in an extended description of the glacial deposits & bedrock, & exemplified through discussion of nine field trip stops. The stop topics include discussions of the geology, fossils, fantastically folded and faulted deposits of glacial fluvial deposits; the sedimentology and fossils of proglacial and postglacial deltaic deposits; the sedimentology and behavior of subglacial diamicton; the catena of an ancient preglacial soil complex; evidence and age of a deglacial flood known as the Kankakee Torrent; sediment architecture of periglacial ice-walled lake deposits that archive delicate fossils of tundra plants; and descriptions of decidedly older plant fossils, including possibly the oldest conifer fossil in North America, in sinkhole deposits of Pennsylvanian age.

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Guidebook 39 cover Guidebook 39: Illinois Sinkhole Plain: Classic Karst Terrain of the Midwestern United States: Geological Field Trip Guidebook for the 12th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering & Environmental Impacts of Karst, January 10-14, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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By Samuel V. Panno, Keith C. Hackley, Walton R. Kelly, and Donald E. Luman. 2011. 45 pp.

Travel to the sinkhole plain along the western flank of the Illinois Basin; where the loess-and till-covered Mississippian-age limestone bedrock has given rise to a landscape of more than 10,000 cover-collapse sinkholes, active branchwork caves, and large picturesque springs. The trip discusses the karst geology and hydrogeology of the sinkhole plain and ongoing research involving: isotopic chemistry and an rRNA gene; the use of stalagmites in nearby caves to study the periodicity of large earthquakes; the significance of saline springs in the Illinois Basin; and mapping efforts to identify and catalogue karst features in Illinois. Includes 37 full-color images. 

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Guidebook 38 cover Guidebook 38 The Upper Mississippi Valley Lead-Zinc District Revisited: Mining History, Geology, Reclamation, and Environmental Issues Thirty Years after the Last Mine Closed. Guidebook for the 2009 Meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, Rockford, Illinois, April 2-4, 2009
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By Bruce A. Brown, Thomas C. Hunt, David M. Johnson, and Daniel D. Reid.
2009. 32 pp.

This guidebook provides a brief introduction to the geology, mining history, cultural history, and related environmental and reclamation issues of the historic lead-zinc mining region of southwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Mississippi Valley mining district, which includes parts of adjacent Iowa and Illinois. The area is of significant historical interest and is of current interest because of ongoing environmental issues, including reclamation and water quality.

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Guidebook 37 cover Guidebook 37 The Chicago River-A Legacy of Glacial and Coastal Processes. Guidebook for the 2009 Meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, Rockford, Illinois, April 2-4, 2009
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By Michael J. Chrzastowski.
2009. 32 pp.

This guidebook is designed to accompany a day-long driving tour near and within the Chicago area. The book presents an overview of the Chicago River's geological framework and describes five select locations that are important to the river's geologic history.

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Guidebook 36 cover Guidebook 36 Make No Little Plans
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By Michael J. Chrzastowski.
2008. 42 pp.

This guidebook was timed to immediately precede the 2009 Chicago centennial celebration of the 1909 publication of Plan of Chicago, the vision for the Chicago lakefront outlined by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett. The guidebook juxtaposes images from the Plan with historic and modern maps and images of the Chicago lakefront so the reader can see the remarkable impact of the Burnham’s vision on Chicago’s unique, diverse, and entirely man-made urban shoreline.

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Guidebook 35 cover Guidebook 35 Quaternary Deposits and History of the Ancient Mississippi River Valley, North-Central Illinois. Fifty-first Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Trip, An ISGS Centennial Field Trip, May 13-15, 2005
$15.00

By E. Don McKay III, Richard C. Berg, Ardith K. Hansel, Timothy J. Kemmis, and Andrew J. Stumpf.
2008. 98 pp.

This ISGS guidebook discusses the complex sedimentary record of the ancient Mississippi River valley. Results of recent geologic mapping of the Middle Illinois River valley and the buried ancient courses of the Mississippi River in north-central Illinois provided new information about the succession of deposits that fill the valley as well as details of the region’s rich Quaternary record. The field trip examines surface exposures and data from cores that reveal the succession of glacial, proglacial (fluvial, lacustrine, and loessal), and interglacial deposits and paleosols along the ancient Mississippi River valley.

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Guidebook 34: Stratigraphy and Biostratigraphy of the Mississippian Subsystem (Carboniferous System) in Its Type Region, the Mi Guidebook 34 Stratigraphy and Biostratigraphy of the Mississippian Subsystem (Carboniferous System) in Its Type Region, the Mississippi River Valley of Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa
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P.H. Heckel, P.L. Brenckle, H.R. Lane, E.C. Rankey, B.J. Witzke, B.J. Bunker, J.M. Masters, and Z. Lasemi.
2005. 118 pp. This is a revised and updated version of the guidebook prepared in 2001 for field trip participants by the International Union of Geological Sciences Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy. The guidebook makes available to the public important lithostratigraphic and biostratigraphic information on the classic type Mississippian exposures in the Mississippi River valley. Included is a self-guided tour of the Mississippi River valley in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa and features maps, photographs, and illustrations of Mississippian subsystem stratigraphy and biostratigraphy.

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Guidebook 33: Guidebook for field trips for the thirty-fifth annual meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Soci Guidebook 33: Guidebook for Field Trips for the Thirty-fifth Annual Meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America
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David Malone, editor. 2001. 116 pp.


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Guidebook 32: Paleozoic and Quaternary Geology of the St. Louis Metro East Area of Western Illinois
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Rodney D. Norby and Zakaria Lasemi, editors and field conference chairmen, F. Brett Denny, Joseph A. Devera, David A. Grimley, Zakaria Lasemi, Donald G. Mikulic, Rodney D. Norby, and C. Pius Weibel, Joanne Kleussendorf.
2000.
63rd Annual Tri-State Geological Field Conference, October 6-8, 2000.


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Guidebook 31: Middle Mississippian Carbonates and Siliciclastics in Western Illinois
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Zakaria Lasemi, Rodney D. Norby, Joseph A. Devera, Bruce W. Fouke, Hannes E. Leetaru and F. Brett Denny.
1999. 60 p.
Geological Field Trip 6: April 24-25, 1999: North-Central Section, Geological Society of America: 33rd Annual Meeting, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, April 22-23, 1999.


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Guidebook 30: Neotectonics of the Northern Mississippi Embayment
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W. John Nelson, Richard W. Harrison, and David Hoffman
1999. 34 pp.
Geological Field Trip 5: April 24-25, 1999 : North-Central Section, Geological Society of America : 33rd Annual Meeting, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, April 22-23, 1999.


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Guidebook 29: Classic Silurian Reefs - Chicago area
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Authors: Donald G. Mikulic, Joanne Kluessendorf
1999. 42 pp.
"Geological Field Trip 4: April 24-25, 1999 : North-Central Section, Geological Society of America : 33rd Annual Meeting, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, April 22-23, 1999."


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Guidebook 28: Quaternary geology, geomorphology, and climatic history of Kane County, Illinois
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Authors: B. Brandon Curry, David A. Grimley, with contributions by ... Ardith K. Hansel ... et al
1999. 40 pp.
"Geological Field Trip 3: April 24-25, 1999 : North-Central Section, Geological Society of America : 33rd Annual Meeting, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, April 22-23, 1999."


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Guidebook 27: Geology, hydrogeology, and water quality of the karst regions of southwestern Illinois and southeastern Missouri
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Authors: Samuel V. Panno and C. Pius Weibel, Carol M. Wicks, James E. Vandike
1999. 38 pp.
"Geological Field Trip 2: April 24-25, 1999 : North-Central Section, Geological Society of America : 33rd Annual Meeting, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, April 22-23, 1999."


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Guidebook 26: Glacial sediments, landforms, paleosols, and 20,000-year-old forest bed in east-central Illinois
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Author(s): Ardith K. Hansel,. Richard C. Berg, and Andrew C. Phillips, Vincent G. Gutowski, with contributions by Francois Hardy ... et al.
1999. 31 pp.
"Geological Field Trip 1: April 24-25, 1999 : North-Central Section, Geological Society of America : 33rd Annual Meeting, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, April 22-23, 1999."


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Guidebook 25: Waulsortian Mounds and reservoir potential of the Ullin limestone ("Warsaw") in southern Illinois and adjacent areas in Kentucky
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Zakaria Lasemi, Janis D. Treworgy, Rodney D. Norby, John P. Grube, and Bryan G. Huff ; contributors: Garland R. Dever, Jr., Terry Teitloff, Richard D. Harvey
1994. 65 pp.
"Geologic field trip, April 19, 1994."


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Guidebook 24: Structure and tectonics of the Rough Creek Graben western Kentucky and southeastern Illinois
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Author(s): W. John Nelson, Donald K. Lumm
1992. 30 pp.
"Prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 26-29, 1992"


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Guidebook 23: Quaternary records of southwestern Illinois and adjacent Missouri
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Author(s): Russell W. Graham, Bonnie W. Styles, Jeffrey J. Saunders, Michael D. Wiant, E. Donald McKay, Thomas R. Styles, Edwin R. Hajic Year: 1989 113 pp.
"Nineteenth annual meeting, American Quaternary Association, May 31-June 6, 1986, Champaign, IL." "Reprinted 1989"


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Guidebook 22: Quaternary records of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana
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Author(s): Ardith K. Hansel and W. Hilton Johnson ; with contributions by Peter Clark ... et al
1991. 30 pp.
"Ninth Biennial meeting, American Quaternary Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 31-June 6, 1986."


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Guidebook 21: Wisconsinan and Sangamonian type sections of central Illinois
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Author(s): Leaders: E. Donald McKay and Alan D. Harn ; contributors: Leon R. Follmer, Francis F. King, James E. King, Alan V. Morgan, Anne Morgan Year: 1990. 48 pp.
"American Quaternary Association, Ninth Biennial Meeting, May 31-June 6, 1986, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois."


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Guidebook 20: Quaternary records of central and northern Illinois
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Author(s): Leaders, Leon R. Follmer, Dennis P. McKenna, James E. King ; contributors, John M. Masters, E. Donald McKay, Richard C. Berg, Ardith K. Hansel ... et al. Year: 1990. 86 pp.
"American Quaternary Association, ninth biennial meeting, May 31-June 6, 1986, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois." "Reprinted 1990."


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Guidebook 19: Illinoian and Wisconsinan stratigraphy and environments in northern Illinois : the Altonian revised
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Author(s): Richard C. Berg ... et al., contributors Year: 1985. 177 pp.
ISGS Guidebook 19.

"Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene, 32nd Field Conference, 1985." Revision of the stratigraphy and nomenclature of glacial deposits in central northern Illinois / John P. Kempton, Richard C. Berg, and Leon R. Follmer "
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Guidebook 18: Early Pennsylvanian paleotopography and depositional environments, Rock Island County, Illinois
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Author(s): Richard L. Leary and C. Brian Trask Year: 1985. 42 pp.
"Nineteenth annual meeting, North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois, April 25-27, 1985."
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Guidebook 17: Silurian geology of the Des Plaines River valley, northeastern Illinois
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Author(s): Donald G. Mikulic, Michael L. Sargent, Rodney D. Norby, and Dennis R. Kolata Year: 1985. 58 pp.
"Nineteenth annual meeting, North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois, April 25-27, 1985, sponsored by the Illinois State Geological Survey."


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Guidebook 16: Depositional environments and correlation problems of the Wedron Formation (Wisconsinan) in northeastern Illinois
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Author(s): W. Hilton Johnson, Ardith K. Hansel, Betty J. Socha, Leon R. Follmer, and John M. Masters Year: 1985. 91 pp.
"Nineteenth annual meeting, North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois, April 25-27, 1985."


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Guidebook 14: 43rd annual Tri-State Geological Conference, October 5-7, 1979 : geology of western Illinois
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Author(s): Leaders : Janis D. Treworgy, E. Donald McKay, Jerry T. Wickham Year: 1979. 90 pp.
Conference held at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Ill., Sponsored by the Illinois State Geological Survey. 

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Guidebook 13: Wisconsinan, Sangamonian, and Illinoian stratigraphy in central Illinois
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Author(s): Leaders : Leon R. Follmer, E. Donald McKay, Jerry A. Lineback, David L. Gross ; contributions by : Jerry A. Lineback, Leon R. Follmer, H. B. Willman, E. Donald McKay, James E. King, Frances B. King, Norton G. Miller Year: 1979. 139 pp.
"Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene, 26th Field Conference, May 4-6, 1979."


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Guidebook 12: Coastal geology, sedimentology, and management, Chicago and the Northshore : prepared for the 4th annual field conference, Great Lakes Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, September 21-22, 1974
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Author(s): Charles Collinson, Jerry A. Lineback, Paul B. duMontelle, Dorothy C. Brown Year: 1974. 55 pp.
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Guidebook 10: Pennsylvanian conodont assemblages from La Salle County, northern Illinois
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Author(s): Charles Collinson, Matthew J. Avcin, Rodney D. Norby, Glen K. Merrill Year: 1972 37 pp.
"Prepared for annual meeting, Pander Society, in cooperation with North-Central Section, The Geological Society of America, DeKalb, Illinois, May 11-14, 1972."


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