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Second Revised Edition, Geoscience Education Series 15. Reprint
Charles Collinson. 2002. 48 pp.
This attractive revision of the continually popular Guide
features photographs (including eight pages of stunning,
full-color fossil photographs); additional fossil drawings
and plates; an updated geologic time chart; and additional
references for further readings. A great companion to the
Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois and the
Geoscience Education Series 16.
Wayne Frankie. 2004. 69 pp.
Rock hounds from amateur to science teacher are sure to be
interested in this comprehensive reference on the state’s
rocks and minerals. More than 40 color plates display
excellent examples of rock types ranging from fluorite
(the state mineral) to the world-renowned geodes of
western Illinois. The photographs are accompanied by
detailed descriptions of both common and very unusual
rocks and minerals in Illinois. Useful identification flow
charts and keys help the reader identify their specimens.
In addition, the guide summarizes the basic geology of
Illinois and discusses the physical properties of rocks
and minerals, ways to collect and identify samples, and
the importance of rocks and minerals to society.
Geoscience Education Series 19. Samuel V. Panno, Sallie E. Greenberg, C. Pius Weibel, and Patricia K. Gillespie. 2004. 106 pp. plus trail map. Full color.
Spelunkers and armchair travelers both will find plenty to interest them in this comprehensive guide. You'll visit the cave feature by feature, and, along the way, you'll learn about the area's unique karst terrain, the plants and animals of the area, and the processes that formed and continue to change the caverns and surrounding area.
Second Revised Edition, Geoscience Education Series 14.
Myrna M. Killey
2007. 74 pp.
Text, maps, and photographs have been updated in the 2007 revision of the ISGS classic, Illinois' Ice Age Legacy, Geoscience Education Series 14, by Myrna M. Killey. The 74-page book serves as an excellent introduction to the legacy of the glaciers that advanced and retreated across most of Illinois within the past 1.8 million years. During that time, the glaciers endowed the state with deposits that today provide a wealth of natural resources: fertile soils, water, sand and gravel, natural gas, and peat. The book describes the glacial processes and events of the Great Ice Age and details the kinds of evidence geologists study to learn about the glaciers and their deposits. Understanding the nature and extent of these deposits is essential to addressing societal issues related to land use, water quality, mineral resources, and geologic hazards. Illinois' Ice Age Legacy is the initial volume of a published trilogy that includes two companion publications, Illinois Groundwater: A Vital Geologic Resource and Land-Use Decisions and Geology: Getting Past AOut of Sight, Out of Mind. The latter two books illustrate how geologic information about the glacial deposits can improve societal decisions related to groundwater and land use.
Geoscience Education Series 17.
Myrna M. Killey and David R. Larson. 2004. 61 pp.
Learn more about an essential Illinois resource we often
take for granted and sometimes misunderstand. Using easy
to-read text and understandable diagrams, the authors
explain what groundwater is, how groundwater is influenced
by its geologic framework, what kinds of materials make up
aquifers, and how water moves underground. The text also
discusses how water supplies are located and retrieved,
well types, well maintenance, groundwater quality, and
other issues. Understanding how critical groundwater is to
Illinois is the first step in managing and protecting this
Geoscience Education Series 18.
Myrna M. Killey and Richard C. Berg. 2004. 68 pp.
The impacts of the state’s large population and its
industrial and agricultural bases have presented many
kinds of environmental challenges. This book shows how
understanding a location’s geologic framework and
contamination potential can help society make safer, more
cost-effective decisions about land use.
Geoscience Education Series 20.
2005. 22 pp. Full color.
Learn how to interpret and use standard 7.5-minute
topographic quadrangle maps published by the United States
Geological Survey and made available through the ISGS
Public Information Office. Hikers, hunters, urban
planners, and students are just some of those who will
find it useful to understand how to interpret these maps.
The maps use contour lines to show the configuration of
the land surface. The maps also show surface waters and
man-made features such as roads, dams, canals, railroads,
and houses. The guide is a revision of the 1978 Guide
to the Use of Illinois Topographic Maps.
Specimens of typical rocks and minerals found in Illinois. Numbered cards identify each specimen and briefly explain its significance. The set is intended as a reference for science classrooms and other educational groups. Specimens are not large enough for laboratory experimentation. Kits includes a copy of ISGS Geoscience Education Series 16, Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois. The set is available only to Illinois schools and educational groups upon request restrictions may apply and proof of educational use may be requested.
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