The Iowa Geological Survey will demonstrate the use of a high-powered drill rig Thursday, October 11, in Urbana, Iowa. Soil samples taken during the drilling will be used to conduct geologic mapping that supports sound land use planning and decision-making.

The Iowa Geological Survey (IGS) at the University of Iowa participates in the STATEMAP program, which provides federal funding to states to conduct detailed geologic mapping with an emphasis on solving environmental issues. This type of mapping helps Iowans understand what’s beneath the Earth’s surface, and how the local geology affects their day-to-day lives.

Please join us at 10 a.m., Oct. 11, at the Richard Wycoff property, 3112 56th St. Trail, Urbana, Iowa, for a field day to watch the IGS in action as geologists they collect soil samples from farm land in Urbana, part of the Middle Cedar River Watershed.

During the event, IGS researchers will use a drill rig mounted on a pick-up truck to drill up to 50 feet to collect continuous soil cores. These cores allow geologists to study soil origins and change, and how this relates to surface geology. The cores also provide data to address key questions related to land-use planning, aggregate resource potential and protection, and groundwater management.