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Restored Oxbows As A Nutrient Reduction Practice

Posted on December 17th, 2018

Keith Schilling’s recent research regarding nutrient reduction via oxbows, published in the journal of Ecological Engineering at ““Nitrate-N load reduction measured in a Central Iowa restored oxbow” was featured in Science Trends, “Restored Oxbows As A Nutrient Reduction Practice In The Agricultural Midwest” at

“Steering the ship” of the Geological Survey

Posted on October 11th, 2018

“The protection and understanding of Iowa’s most vital natural resources are more or less held in the hands of the state geologist — a position that has been filled by a University of Iowa research engineer.”

Carbon Sequestration in Iowa

Posted on September 28th, 2018

One method of decreasing emissions otherwise sent into the atmosphere is to divert them from their source to long-term, underground storage.  Carbon sequestration is the act of capturing, transporting, and injecting CO2  into deep geologic storage. Can this be done in Iowa? The IGS recently assessed the Potential for Geologic Sequestration of CO2 in Iowa. […]

Schilling appointed State Geologist

Posted on August 2nd, 2018

Keith Schilling has been appointed State Geologist for Iowa.

2018 RAGBRAI Brochures

Posted on July 16th, 2018

RAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa. This is the ride’s 46th year, and it is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Continuing the tradition, the Iowa Geological Survey, with support from the Iowa Limestone Producers Association, […]

Jason Vogelgesang - geophysics at Iowa Falls

Hydrogeologists at Work

Posted on June 29th, 2018

IGS Hydrogeologists, Nathan Holt and Jason Vogelgesang, have been doing some geophysics and pump test work for the city of Iowa Falls in order to evaluate the best location(s) for a new bedrock well.

Paul Liu at Nanjing Institute

Winneshiek Project presentations in China

Posted on June 11th, 2018

IGS Geologist, Paul Liu, recently visited China and made presentations on the Winneshiek Project at Nanjing Institute of Geology & Paleontology, Academy of China and Anhui University of Science & Technology.  

map of state of iowa with prairie pothole region highlighted

Farmed wetland papers published in Wetlands journal

Posted on May 31st, 2018

Twelve researchers, state-wide, collaborated to publish 9 papers as a special feature representing the state-of-the-science in terms of water, soils and ecosystem services of farmed and drained wetlands. This collection has been published in the most recent issue of the journal Wetlands (Volume 38, April 2018, issue 2). The IGS’s Matthew Streeter and Keith Schilling […]

A well being drilled on an Iowa golf course in 2015

Management Effects on Soil Properties

Posted on May 10th, 2018

Research from the Iowa Geological Survey’s Schilling and Streeter, Effects of Golf Course Management on Subsurface soil properties in Iowa, has been recently published in the EGU journal “Soil”. Read the full publication at

2018 NCGSA display

North Central Geological Society of America meeting

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

The IGS attended, presented, and displayed posters and core from Iowa at the North Central Geological Society of America meeting in Ames, Iowa last week.  Pictured is a selection of cores belonging to the IGS which were on display, along with three posters detailing the Decorah Impact Structure, the Manson Impact Structure, and the Midcontinent […]