Funding to support renewable energy industries in Iowa

State Geologist, Keith Schilling, is co-PI on a new 4-year project funded by the US National Science Foundation through its Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. In collaboration with Profs Cramer and Meyer at UI and researchers at Kansas, the project aims to identify potential new sources of Rare Earth Elements (REEs).

The IGS’ Jason Vogelgesang conducting an electromagnetic terrain conductivity geophysical survey.

Iowa’s Vast Underground Wilderness

Who hasn’t taken a trip to a national, international, or state park, wilderness area, beach, or local fishing hole looking to come back refreshed and rejuvenated? Natural areas are vital for our health, providing cognitive and physical benefits.

map of the state of Iowa showing average annual recharge

Groundwater Recharge and Drought

Clearly, drought is an issue that affects all Iowans and understanding the consequences of drought on groundwater recharge will be important during an uncertain climate future.

image of streambank erosion in Iowa

Eroding Streambanks Contribute Phosphorus Export

Eroding streambanks contribute a third or more of the phosphorus export from the state, according to estimates from ground-breaking research led by Keith Schilling and Matthew Streeter from the Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa, along with co-investigators from Iowa DNR, Iowa State University and USDA.

New Mapping Project around Storm Lake

The IGS partnered with more than a dozen other state surveys on two projects to assess the geochemistry of selected Pennsylvanian and Devonian bedrock formations.

Assessing Iowa’s Critical Mineral Potential

The IGS partnered with more than a dozen other state surveys on two projects to assess the geochemistry of selected Pennsylvanian and Devonian bedrock formations.

Quantifying the Extent of Eroding Streambanks in Iowa

Keith Schilling, Iowa’s State Geologist, discusses river form and function for Iowa Rivers Revival and their Master River Stewards Program (MRSP). 

Iowa Rivers – Form and Function

Keith Schilling, Iowa’s State Geologist, discusses river form and function for Iowa Rivers Revival and their Master River Stewards Program (MRSP). 

front cover image of IGS drill rig in Loess Hills area of Iowa

The IGS Geode: A Look at 2020

Please enjoy the latest issue of our annual report, The IGS Geode, which highlights the activities of the Iowa Geological Survey during 2020.

Earth MRI Projects

The IGS partnered with more than a dozen other state surveys on two projects to assess the geochemistry of selected Pennsylvanian and Devonian bedrock formations.