Chicagoland Geo-Engineering Field Trip

Mike Chrzastowski points out an area on the map of the Lake Michigan shoreline.On Saturday, September 25, 2010, coastal geologist Michael Chrzastowski led a Chicagoland Geo-Engineering Field Trip for 31 people. The trip was affiliated with the Illinois-Indiana Chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and was conducted in conjunction with the fall 2010 meeting of the Illinois Groundwater Association (IGA) held the day before. The full-day trip involved an innovative approach for an urban geology field trip. From onboard a state-of-the-art motor coach, continuous narration addressed the geologic and geo-engineering features being passed. Participants also received a well-illustrated, full-color guidebook that contained maps, diagrams, cross sections, and historical photographs to relate to the narration and the route features. Stops at selected sites provided the opportunity to see features up close. This field trip will run again in fall 2011 when the Illinois-Indiana Chapter of AIPG hosts its national conference in Chicago.