Quaternary Deposits of Illinois, 1979

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What does this data set describe?

Title: Quaternary Deposits of Illinois, 1979
Abstract:
Digital representation of the Quaternary Deposits in Illinois map by Lineback (1979). Map scale is 1:500,000. Shows Quaternary deposits that lie at or near the land surface, including loess deposits.
Supplemental_Information:
Recent updates to the data:

In April 2004 edition 1.1 of the data set was transitioned to storage in an Oracle RDBMS using the ArcSDE geodatabase model. The result (this version) is designated Edition 20040422.

Edition 1.1 had one minor update from previous edition (ver. 1.0). A polygon was deleted. See process steps.

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Illinois State Geological Survey, 1984, Quaternary Deposits of Illinois, 1979: ISGS GIS Database GISDB_QTGEO.IL_Quat_Geology_500K_1979_Py, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, Illinois.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -91.4244
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -87.3840
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.4951
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 36.9540

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Calendar_Date: 1979
    Currentness_Reference: Publication date of source

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):

      • G-polygon (2460)

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.

      Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
      Altitude_System_Definition:

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    Attribute items are in typical SDE feature class format. Those requiring additional explanation are:

    QAT-GEO - Defines the name of the geologic unit and indicates whether or not the unit is a moraine. The first four digits indicate unit name, as shown in the table below. The first four digits are identical to the item QUAT. The final digit is the moraine qualifier and is identical to the item QUAL.

    UNIT - Name of the geologic unit. See table below.

    QUAT - Number indicating name of the geologic unit. See table below.

    SYMBOL - Map symbol from the published map, corresponding to name and number of unit. See table below.

    QUAL - Indicates whether or not unit is a moraine 0 - not a moraine 1 - unit is a moraine 9 - water

    ABUNIT - Abbreviated unit name. This is the same as the first ten characters of UNIT.

    QUAT SYMBOL UNIT 50 c cahokia alluvium (includes alluvial fan facies) 60 gl grayslake peat 70 pl parkland sand 90 py peyton colluvium 110 Imr ravinia sand member 149 pr peoria loess and roxana silt (includes peyton colluvium) 240 ec carmi member 250 ed dolton member 260 hm mackinaw member 270 hb batavia member 280 hw wasco member 410 ww wadsworth till member 420 wh haeger till member 430 wy yorkville till member 440 wm malden till member 450 ws snider till member 471 wt-a tiskilwa ablation drift 472 wt tiskilwa till 480 wb batestown till member 490 wp piatt till member 500 wd delavan till member 510 wf fairgrange till member 520 wlc lee center till member 530 we esmond till member 535 tr unnamed till member 660 wic capron till member 720 wia argyle till member 810 t teneriffe silt 820 pe pearl formation 830 gr radnor till member 840 gs sterling till member 860 gw winslow till member 870 gha hagarstown member 900 gh hulick till member 910 go ogle till member 920 gv vandalia till member 970 gk kellerville till member 1021 b banner formation till 1022 b-o banner formation outwash facies 1180 mg mounds gravel 9991 surface-mined area 9998 water 9999 not a quaternary deposit


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Contact_Instructions: Please refer to the Distribution Information section.


Why was the data set created?

For use in applications requiring generalized information for surface deposits in Illinois.

The data are not appropriate as a geodetic, legal or engineering base. The data set was not and is not intended as a substitute for surveyed locations, such as can be determined by a registered Public Land Surveyor. Although useful in a GIS as a reference base layer for maps, the data set has no legal basis in the definition of boundaries or property lines.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

    none (source 1 of 1)
    J.A. Lineback, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1979, Quaternary Deposits of Illinois: ISGS map none, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, Illinois, USA.

    Type_of_Source_Media: unknown
    Source_Scale_Denominator: 500000
    Source_Contribution: linework and attributes

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: Unknown (process 1 of 3)
    Description of initial processing steps not available

    Date: 30-Oct-2000 (process 2 of 3)
    Polygon from version 1.0 was deleted. (quat79#=2161, see the superceded coverage). Polygon was deleted because it portrayed a large body of water in Perry County that does not exist. The affected area was DISSOLVED into the surrounding polygon (Vandalia Till Member). New coverage retained the same name - is now version 1.1.

    Date: 22-Apr-2004 (process 3 of 3)
    Source coverage (quat79) converted to double precision and reprojected to GCS_NAD83 using Workstation ArcInfo 7.2.1.

    The features were imported into the ISGS SDE enterprise database following steps outlined in ISGS procedure GISDB_0009.

    Metadata updated.

    Person who carried out this activity:

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

    , ISGS Terms of Use.

    Online Links:

    , University of Illinois Web Privacy Notice.

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    , University Copyright Policy (stated in the General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, Article III, Section 4).

    Online Links:

    , Policy on Appropriate Use of Computers and Network Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

    The original coverage was generated in 1984 by Environmental Systems Research Institute as one component of a multi-layer Integrated Terrain Unit (ITU) database. Attribute accuracy was subsequently reviewed by ISGS personnel. Details of this review are unavailable.

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

    This coverage was generated by Environmental Systems Research Institute as one component of a multi-layer Integrated Terrain Unit (ITU) database. Automation was limited to polygons with area of one square mile or greater and linear features greater than one-half mile in width. Boundaries which were generally coincident with boundaries of other ITU layers (e.g., soil associations or surface water bodies) may have been adjusted to be exactly coincident. Overlay with the published map shows significant differences in some areas. This data can only be used to show the generalized Quaternary boundaries within Illinois.

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    This is good representation of Lineback's 1979 map, but there are differences. Polygons on the source map of less than one square mile in area or less than one half mile in width are not included. Other narrow polygons shown on the source map are not reflected in the data set, possibly due to polygon collapse. As a result, overlay with the published map shows significant differences in some areas. This data can only be used to show the generalized Quaternary boundaries within Illinois. An improved version is in preparation.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    No report.


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints:
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Links to these are provided in the Cross References section.

Use_Constraints:
ISGS information is the property of and copyrighted by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois with all rights reserved.  University copyright policy is stated in the General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, Article III, Section 4. A link is provided in the Cross References section.

Individuals or entities may make fair use of copyrighted ISGS material, such as reproducing a single figure or table, or using a brief text quotation, without obtaining formal permission, but in all cases the Illinois State Geological Survey must be credited as the source of the material. To reproduce ISGS information beyond the fair use standard, permission must be obtained from the ISGS Information Office, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820, 217-333-4747, isgs@isgs.illinois.edu. License fees and a license agreement may be required, depending on the proposed usage.

Any use of these data is governed by University and campus policies, in particular, but not limited to, the Policy on Appropriate Use of Computers and Network Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the ISGS Terms of Use document available at the ISGS Web site, and the University of Illinois Web Privacy Notice. Links to these are provided in the Cross References section.

Map information is to be used at a scientifically and cartographically appropriate scale, that is, at a scale no greater than indicated on the map or as described in the documentation of the map or map data.  Map information is not appropriate for, and is not to be used as, a geodetic, legal, or engineering base. Map information has no legal basis in the definition of boundaries or property lines and is not intended as a substitute for surveyed locations such as can be determined by a registered Public Land Surveyor.

The data do not replace the need for detailed site-specific studies.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Information Office, Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability (INRS) of the University of Illinois
    615 East Peabody Drive
    Champaign, Illinois 61820
    USA

    217-333-4747 (voice)
    isgs@isgs.illinois.edu

    Hours_of_Service: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, U.S. Central Time
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  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    Refer to the Legal Notices of Terms and Conditions of the University of Illinois Web Privacy Policy (there is a link in the Cross References section) for policy statements regarding the following:

    Disclaimer of Liability Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of Data Disclaimer of Endorsement Disclaimer for External Links Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Provision of Data Security Choice of Law

    By obtaining these data you agree to the provisions of the University of Illinois Web Privacy Policy, regardless of the manner in which the information was obtained.

  4. How can I download or order the data?

  5. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?

    The data are intended for use with GIS software. The ISGS uses ESRI ArcGIS software, however, ESRI formats can be imported into many different GIS software packages. It is expected that customers who obtain these data have the technical expertise to use GIS software. The ISGS does not provide software support of any kind.


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 24-Feb-2009
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Metadata standard:
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