Indiana Geological Survey

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The Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) is a long-standing, state-supported organization benefiting the welfare of the citizens of Indiana since Dr. David Dale Owen was hired to conduct a geological assessment of the state during 1837 and 1838. For most of the 20th century, the IGWS was associated with Indiana University (IU), and in 1993, Indiana statute (IC 21-47-2) formally established the IGWS as part of the university. The IGWS director serves as the state geologist of Indiana. Under the direction of the state geologist, the survey is charged with conducting geological research, providing geological information, data and educational outreach, and maintaining physical and digital geological collections.


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