Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Geology of Illinois" published

The Illinois State Geological Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois, announces the release of its benchmark publication, Geology of Illinois. This 530-page volume, conceived in preparation of the Survey’s centennial celebration in 2005, was written by 40 recognized experts in Illinois geology. The book summarizes more than a century of earth science investigations in Illinois.

The publication will 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.

The retail price is $35.00, but the introductory price is $30.00 plus shipping and handling. Preview chapters at

Copies may be ordered online ( or by calling the Information and Sales Office at 1-217-244-2414.

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

ISBN: 978-0-615-41739-4

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