The quest for clean, renewable energy is one of the most important scientific challenges of our time. From vast wind farms to technology that harnesses the power of waves, there are many promising alternatives currently being researched. Until their capabilities are fully developed, however, much of the world will continue to rely on traditional fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, resulting in higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide linked with global climate change.
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is one of seven national research partnerships working to find a balance between our growing energy needs and rising climate concerns by capturing carbon dioxide created in energy production and industrial processes and storing it safely underground in natural geological formations. The MGSC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Energy Technology Laboratory via the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and by a cost share agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development, through the Illinois Clean Coal Institute.
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Regional and Fine-scale Structure of the Precambrian Beneath the Illinois Basin
Presented by John H. McBride Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT at the 2016 Midwest Sequestration Science Conference in Champaign, Illinois.
New geophysical exploration data provide unprecedented high-resolution views of the internal structure of Precambrian basement beneath the Illinois Basin. The new data reveal a pattern of strong and coherent reflections and associated diffractions deeply buried within the eastern Granite-Rhyolite Province. This pattern is dominated by a thick seismic stratigraphic sequence, which is wedge or bowl shaped in cross section and has an angular unconformity with the overlying Paleozoic section. Deeper intra-basement bowl-shaped sequences or series are also observed in the same area. Geological interpretations suggest that the upper crust, locally the Eastern Granite-Rhyolite Province, was intruded by major sequences of mafic igneous (diabase?) sills and plutons. These results suggest a vast Precambrian province with a north-south dimension of >200 km and hint at a poorly understood episode of Proterozoic rifting and/or magmatism in the central USA Mid-Continent.
See the full presentation here along with the other presentations from the conference.
Dr. Sallie Greenberg, PhD. Appointed Principal Investigator for the MGSC
With the retirement of Dr. Robert Finley, Dr. Sallie Greenberg was appointed Principal Investigator for the MGSC on June 1, 2015. Dr. Greenberg has co-managed the IBDP for the last several years and has been intimately involved with all aspects of the large-scale demonstration project. She has over 20 years experience managing applied geology and social science research addressing energy and environmental challenges associated with fossil fuel resources. Specializing in managing scientists, data assets, science communications, stakeholder engagement, and program evaluation.
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