Except for the air we breathe, everything we use in our everyday lives is either mined or grown. Water is mined from the ground or through natural and artificial reservoirs and rivers. Metals for cars, buildings, coins, and computers, is all mined. Plastics are derived from petroleum and are mined through the same rocks that give us gasoline. The concrete and pavement you walk and drive on is mined. The food you eat is either grown or taken from animals that feed off what is grown. Paper and the wood for buildings is grown. We can’t keep assuming that the earth will provide uncontaminated resources forever. What we mine from the ground is limited and we are taking far more than we recycle. Although what is grown is a renewable resource if mismanaged they will cease to produce.

This website allows you access to MIGE publications and maps (see below for list and links to PDF’s), internship information and gives you contact information  For video documentaries, photographs, membership information, member lists, board of directors, news on current projects, and to leave feedback, visit:


Midwest Institute of Geosciences and Engineering

2328 W. Touhy Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60645

Tel. 630-379-4835
E-mail: General Inquiries: info@migeweb.org | Steven Baumann, Executive Director: steveb@migeweb.org

MIGE has ongoing internship opportunities for students of geology and earth sciences. Please click here for more information.

MISSION: To increase understanding of the ground beneath our feet through education and research, in order to discover and invent better ways of extracting resources throughout the Midwest. Click here to view our Bylaws.

AREA OF STUDY: MIGE focuses on the Midwest. This includes all of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. Parts of Missouri, Kansas, Ohio and Ontario. We have selected certain geologic features as the borders of our study area. Click here for a map of the area in which we study.


C-112006-1A: Core Log Number RI-3001; Mobile Terminal Located in Ripon, WI

C-122006-1A: Core Log Number AU-2102; Hurds Island, Aurora, IL

C-052008-1A: Core Log Number KRSP-C1; Hunting Area 7, Kankakee River State Park, Will County, IL

G-02004-1C: Geology of Keepataw Forest Preserve in Will County; Northwest of Lemont, IL

G-112005: Map of Sugar Run Outcrop Area, Chicago Region

G-122005: Map of Extent of Buried Illinoian Glacial Deposits in Northeastern Illinois

G-122006-1A: Geology of Unincorporated Northern Plainfield, IL, west of DuPage River

G-012007-1A: Geological Map of Site: TU-4801 Unnamed mountain in the Tucson Mountains, Arizona

G-012007-3A: Stone Ridge Quarry, Rochelle, IL

G-032007-2A: Local Area Geology of Forest Park, IL

G-072007-1A: Rock Outcrop of the south side of I-44 west of Pacific Missouri (possible contact of Everton Formation and St. Peter formation)

G-022009-1A: Depositional setting of late Ordovician deposits (Upper Richmondian) on the mid continent

G-022009-2A: Paleogeography of Illinois during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras

G-032009-1A: Rock Outcrop of the Maquoketa Graf Section and Highway D-17 Section, Iowa (Lower Scales and Neda Formations)

G-072009-1A: Correlation problems with the Cambrian and Ordovician Systems in Illinois with neighboring Wisconsin and Missouri

G-102009-1A: Drastic lithologic variations within glacial deposits (Case Study in Worth, IL)

G-032007-1A: Geology of Dellwood Park in South Lockport, Illinois Site: LP-2102

G-042010-1A: Geology of Black Rock Run at Matthiessen State Park, LaSalle County, IL

G-052010-1A: Geology of Ripon, WI

G-072010-2A: Upper Ordovician at the Southeast Entrance to Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

G-092010-1A: Precambrian, Huronian Supergroup, Gordon Lake Formation, Old Mill Beach Road and Route 638, Ontario Canada

G-102010-1A: Cretaceous, Dakota Formation, Terra Cotta Member South Side of I-70, Salina County, Kansas

G-102010-2A: Cambrian, Lone Rock and Wonewoc Formations South Side of I-90, near West Salem, Wisconsin

G-122010-1A: Lithostratigraphy and Age of Jacobsville Formation around the Lake Superior Basin, U.S.A. and Canada

M-052010-1A: Surficial Bedrock Geologic Map of Ripon, WI

M-052010-2A: Subsurface Bedrock Geologic Map of Ripon, WI

G-052010-3A: Rock outcrop of the Jacobsville Formation: Root River Quarry Section, Ontario, Canada

G-062010-1A: Rock outcrop of the Sanders Group: Route 37, IN

G-072010-3A: Gordon Lake Formation, Rt. 638, Ontario, Canada

G-082010-1A: Precambrian Baraboo Formation, North of Rock Springs, WI

G-092010-2A: Mississippian Pella and St. Louis Formations, Henry County, IA

G-102010-1A: Cretaceous Dakota Formation Terra Cotta Member, Salina County, KS

G-102010-2A: Cambrian Lone Rock and Wonewoc Formations, West Salem, WI

G-012011-1B: Precambrian Geologic Events in the Mid-Continent of North America

G-012011-2A: Preliminary Redefinition of the Cobalt Group (Huronian Supergroup), in the Southern Geologic Province, Ontario, Canada (NEW)

G-012011-2A: Preliminary Redefinition of the Cobalt Group (Huronian Supergroup), in the Southern Geologic Province,
Ontario, Canada

G-022011-1A: Classification of Conglomerates and Sandstones with Charts

M-072008-1A: Surfical Geology of Kankakee River State Park Will And Kankakee Counties, Illinois 2008

M-082011-1A: Bedrock Geologic Map of Copper Falls State Park Ashland County, Wisconsin, United States T45N R2W

M-092011-2A: Geologic Map of the I-57 Corridor, Near Goreville Union and Johnson County, Illinois, U.S.A. T11S R1E & R2E

M-092011-3A: Surficial Geologic Map of the Upper Narrows near Rock Springs, Sauk County, Wisconsin, U.S.A. T12N R5E

M-0920111-A: Surficial Geologic Map of Castle Rock State Park & Lowden Miller State Forest Ogle County, Illinois, U.S.A.
T23N R10E

M-102011-1A: Surficial Geologic Map of Keepataw Forest Preserve and Lemont Area, Will, Cook, and DuPage Counties, Illinois, U.S.A. T37N R10E & R11E

M-102011-2A_Ripon WI: Geologic Bedrock Map of Ripon Area Green Lake and Fond Du Lac Counties, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
T16N R13E & R14E

M-102011-3A: Bedrock Geologic Map of the Dellwood Park, South Lockport Will County, Illinois, U.S.A. T36N R10E

Tools and Products:
MIGE utilizes GIS to help understand, map and correlate rock units on the surface and in the subsurface to aid in better planning of water and mineral extraction.

MIGE produces publications on research that is conducted.

MIGE contributes findings to the public at large.

MIGE is funded through members, donations, and grants. We are a non-profit organization.

MIGE publications available for ordering.  Click here to view our catalog.

MIGE retains a “Sample Library” of rock cores and samples for public and private use.

MIGE Newsletter called Terracreo. Click each title to view past issues

Volume 1, Issue 1

Volume 1, Issue 2

Volume 1, Issue 3

Volume 1, Issue 4

Volume 1, Issue 5

Volume 2, Issue 1

Volume 1, Edition 1, September 2009

Volume 1, Edition 2, October 2009

Volume 1, Edition 3, March 2010

Volume 1, Edition 4, March 2010

Volume 2, Edition 2

Volume 1, Edition 5, June 2010

Volume 2, Edition 1, September 2010

Volume 2, Edition 2


Last Update: February 15, 2012