ISGS Gift Ideas

Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters GES 15: Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters

Second Revised Edition, Geoscience Education Series 15.
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 fossil posters!

Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois GES16: Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois

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.

Capture.GIF GES15 & 16 Combo
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Combo sale: GES16: Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois & GES15: Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters Purchase both for $10.00

Guide to the Illinois Caverns State Natural Area GES19 Guide to Illinois Caverns State Natural Area

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.

Illinois Caverns is currently closed to the public due to the white-nose-syndrome (WNS) that is devastating the bat population across the country. Current and constantly updated Information about WNS may be found at the following sites:

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Combo sale: GES16: Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois & GES15: Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters and GES19: Guide to Illinois Caverns

Illinois' Ice Age Legacy GES 14 Illinois' Ice Age Legacy

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.

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The Kickapoo State Park field trip area is geographically located on the east side of the central portion of Illinois and geologically located along the northeastern rim of the Illinois Basin. Physiographically part of the Bloomington Ridged Plain, the area is dominated by the effects of the Wisconsin Glacial Episode. Stops along the field trip route include Slope Mine No. 6, Emerald Pond, and the Meadow Day Use Area, all in Kickapoo State Park; Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, Kennekuk County Park; the gob pile, Dering Coal Company; and Material Services Corp., Fairmount Quarry.

Wayne T. Frankie.
2005A. 36 pp.

Cover, Geology of Illinois

Geology of Illinois

Price: $35.00

D. R. Kolata and C. K. Nimz, editors
2010. 530 + xiv pp.

ISBN: 978-0-615-41739-4

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

Richardsons Guide to Mazon Creek Fossils cover Richardson's Guide to the Fossil Fauna of Mazon Creek

ISBN 0-925065-21-8

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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R. Wiggers, 1997 pp. 317

Illinois--a flat and boring state with nothing but cornfields and crowded expressways, right? Balderdash! Geology Underfoot in Illinois scratches the Prairie State's surface to expose geologic diversity that stretches back more than a billion years. Copious illustrations and witty, page-turning prose guide readers on geologic walking or driving tours of 37 sites in Illinois. Enjoy an unexpected exploration of Chicago's architectural geology. Embark on a fault-seeking expedition in Mark Twain's big-river country. Or try moraine surfing on Interstates 55 and 74. With a touch of curiosity and Geology Underfoot in Illinois in hand, you will view the state with a new sense of wonder.

Time Talks: The Geology of Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks StarvedRock:Time Talks: The Geology of Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks
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Illinois State Park Geology Series. ISBN 978-0-615-82666-0.
2005. Full color. 48 pp.

Come explore the natural beauty and wonder of the most visited state park in Illinois. Beautiful photographs, maps, and easy-to-read text will guide you through the geologic story of how the parks were formed and continue to change. This trailside view of the parks' geology is sure to give you renewed appreciation for the great rivers, bluffs, and canyons these parks contain.

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Illinois State Park Geology Series. ISBN 978-0-615-82667-7
2013. Full color. 42 pp.

Shifting Sand, second in the Illinois State Park Geology series, tells the ever-changing story of Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park. This story is one of thousands of years of geological and natural history illustrating the progress of glaciers, changing lake levels, shoreline migration, the building of park land, the Dead River meanderings, and the living beauty of the park’s plants and animals. Located on Chicagoland’s northeastern edge, Illinois Beach State Park is known for its unique coastal environment. Here in the midst of the heartland, gulls cry, waves slap the shore, and quartz sand pebbles sing in the wind. The undulating ridge-and-swale landscape, evidence of its wave-formed history, forms a graceful, curving pattern. Yet concerted efforts are required to maintain the park’s sand beaches and protect the landscape from human and industrial impacts for the benefit of future generations.

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