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Indiana Geologic Survey

Geologists study mystery of 'eternal flames'

Chestnut Ridge eternal flame

"Eternal flames" fueled by hydrocarbon gas could shine a light on the presence of natural gas in underground rock layers and conditions that let it seep to the surface, according to research by geologists at the Department of Geological Sciences and the Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University Bloomington. Full Story >>

Indiana Geological Survey is key partner in U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center

The Indiana Geological Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, has been chosen as one of the U.S. partners in the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), an international research collaboration. The center's primary purpose is to facilitate joint research, development, and commercialization of clean energy technologies for the United States and China. This collaboration will also build a foundation of knowledge, human capabilities, and relationships in mutually beneficial areas that will emphasize clean energy usage in both nations. Full Story >>

Energy seminar series receives successful kick-off, seven speakers to follow during Themester

John Haselden

An impressive speaker series on climate change and energy, titled by organizers "The Grand Energy Challenge," received a successful launch yesterday (Sept. 15) as part of Indiana University's fall 2010 Themester: "sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet." Full Story >>

New sustainability teaching awards recipients announced

Ballantine Hall

Two new teaching awards related to sustainability and environmental literacy -- the Sustainability Course Development Fellowships and the Sustainability and Environmental Literacy Leadership Award -- have been awarded to IU Bloomington faculty by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Indiana University coal geologist to receive national honor

Maria Mastalerz

The Geological Society of America has named Indiana University Bloomington geologist Maria Mastalerz the winner of the 2008 Gilbert H. Cady Award. Mastalerz, 51, is the youngest person ever to receive the award, and only the second woman to be so honored. Mastalerz is a senior scientist at the Indiana Geological Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, and is a graduate faculty member in IU's Department of Geological Sciences, where she advises graduate students. Full Story >>

Indiana Geological Survey scientists to evaluate carbon sequestration technique in large-scale tests


Indiana Geological Survey scientists at Indiana University will participate in a new $67 million U.S. Department of Energy project to test the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide at underground sites in Ohio and Indiana. The evaluations are being carried out with the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, a research consortium of government, academy and industry researchers led by Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle Memorial Laboratories. Full Story >>