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
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.
Combo sale: GES16: Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois & GES15: Guide for Beginning Fossil Hunters Purchase both for $10.00
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: wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/research/bat-wns/ www.batconservation.org/about-bats/conservation/white-nose-syndrome
The Guide to Rocks and Minerals appeals to rock hounds from amateur to science teachers. It is a comprehensive reference on the state’s rocks and minerals, with more than 40 color plates that 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. The Beginning Fossils Guide includes full color photographs of fossils and rocks and additional fossil drawings and plates. The Guide to Illinois Caverns is as close to an actual tour as one can get due to Illinois Caverns being closed to the public due to the white-nose-syndrome (WNS) that is devastating the bat population across the country. Through this guide you will be able to imagine 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.
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.
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.
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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