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Geology Underfoot in Illinois

 
Learn about the Geology of Illinois with maps, photos and expert descriptions! This 6"x9" paperback has 317 pages that are packed with detailed information about Illinois Geology. See table of contents at the bottom of this page. Raymond Wiggers, author.

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Geology Underfoot in Illinois - Table of Contents

Illinois Back When: An Overview

1

Tips for Exploring the Sites Described in This Book

11

1. Lead Mines and Lovely Hills

    Galena and Environs
13

2. A Diversionary Tale

    Apple River Canyon State Park
21

3. A Scenic Bluff, A Zone of Faults, and the Track of a Mighty River

    Mississippi Palisades State Park
27

4. The Upper Rock River: Part One

    Lowden State Park
33

5. The Upper Rock River: Part Two

    Castle Rock State Park to Dixon
39

6. A World of Wind and Melting Glaciers

    The Princeton Area and the Green River Lowland
45

7. Cliffs, Canyons, and Catastrophes: The Upper Illinois River

    Buffalo Rock and Starved Rock State Parks
51

8. A Land Like the Rolling Sea

    Glacial Park and Environs
59

9. A Pocket History of a Freshwater Sea

    Illinois Beach State Park
67

10. A Primer of North Shore Geology

    Lake Bluff to Evanston
75

11. In the Land of the Fox

    Batavia and Environs
85

12. The Architectural Geology of Downtown Chicago: A Sampler

    The Near North Side and the Loop
93

13. Exploring the Lower Des Plaines

    Lockport and Lemont
107

14. Blue Island Bracketed

    Chicago's South Side
113

15. A Deep Look at the Distant Past

    Thornton Quarry
119

16. In the Path of the Kankakee Torrent

    Kankakee River State Park and Environs
127

17. The Realm of Fossil Forests

    The Mazon Creek Area and the Longwall District
135

18. Across a Lazy River

    Henry and Environs
141

19. A Landscape Throws Off Its Glacial Burden

    The Galesburg Plain
145

20. Homage to the Mississippian

    Nauvoo to Warsaw
149

21. The Havana Lowland

    Pekin to Havana
157

22. Reconstructing a Coal Age Stream

    North of Ripley
165

23. A Mystery from the Age of the Dinosaurs

    The Beverly-Baylis Upland
171

24. The 120-Million-Year Hike

    Pere Marquette State Park
177

25. Moraine-Surfing Down the Interstate

    Pontiac to Le Roy
183

26. A Tale of Two Rivers

    Monticello and Environs
191

27. Coal Country and Pennsylvanian Cyclothems

    Forest Glen County Preserve and Environs
197

28. On the Edge of Two Ages

    Shelbyville and the Interlobate Complex
203

29. The Black Bounty of the Illinois Basin

    Robinson to Rose Hill
209

30. The Lower Wabash Considered

    Beall Woods State Park and Environs
217

31. Caverns, Sinkholes, and Falling Water:
    The World According to Karst

    Dupo to Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
223

32. A Fault-Seeking Expedition

    Fountain Bluff to the Pine Hills Escarpment
231

33. Sandstone Gorges, Rock Shelters, and a Natural Bridge

    Bell Smith Springs
239

34. What Goes Down Must Come Up

    The Garden of the Gods and the Eagle Valley Syncline
245

35. The Geologic Wonders of an (Almost) Undiscovered Country

    Hicks Dome to Cave-in-Rock State Park
253

36. The Little River That Couldn't

    Hamletsburg to Cache River State Natural Area
263

37. The Meeting of the Waters

    Olmsted to Cairo
271

Glossary

279

Annotated Bibliography

287

Index

295

 

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