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D. R. Kolata and C. K. Nimz, editors 2010. 530 + xiv pp.
Geology of Illinois has been compiled from more than a century of earth science investigations in Illinois. For the first time, this information has been summarized and made accessible in one volume to help both geologists and non-geologists better understand how the state’s mostly unseen geology affects, and is affected by, life on the surface. More than 200 color photographs, maps, and drawings illustrate the text.
Topics include • the history of geological investigations in Illinois; • the impact of the state’s tectonic and structural history; • the properties and classification of its rocks and sediments; • the rich heritage of its land, water, and mineral resources; • the threats from its geological hazards; and • the application of geological information to societal issues.
Companion map: Bedrock Geology Map
Charles w. Shabica and Andrew A. Hay, editors 1997. 308 pp.
Limited quantities of this comprehensive reference are available while they last. The volume is out of print. The guide is a valuable asset for both professional paleontologists and amateur collectors because the well-preserved fossils from the Mazon Creek area of northeastern Illinois provide the most complete known record of late Paleozoic life. The volume is a systematic account of the area’s diverse animal fossils, especially marine and freshwater fauna. Discussed are the area’s coal mining fossil collecting, the geologic and environmental setting, and fossil distribution. Individual chapters provide detailed information about the fossil groups represented at Mazon Creek.
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