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Title:Sinkhole Plain area assessment
Subject(s):Caves --Illinois
Karst --Illinois
Natural resources surveys --Mississippi River Watershed
Natural resources surveys --Illinois --Kaskaskia River Watershed
Natural resources conservation areas --Mississippi River Watershed
Natural resources conservation areas --Illinois --Kaskaskia River Watershed
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:The Sinkhole Plain Area Assessment covers an area of about 1,228 miles2 (785,822 acres) in southwestern Illinois bordering the Mississippi River. It includes all of Monroe, much of St. Clair, and portions of Randolph and Madison counties. The area encompasses 17 sub basins along the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers, of which six have been designated as a "Resource Rich Area" because they contain significant natural community diversity. The Sinkhole Plain Ecosystem Partnership was subsequently formed around this core area of high quality ecological resources. This assessment is comprised of five volumes. In Volume 1, Geology discusses the geology, soils, and minerals in the assessment area. Volume 2, Water Resources, discusses the surface and groundwater resources and Volume 3, Living Resources, describes the natural vegetation communities and the fauna of the region. Volume 4 contains three parts: Part I, Socio-Economic Profile, discusses the demographics, infrastructure, and economy of the area, focusing on the three counties with the greatest amount of land in the area -Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair; Part IT, Environmental Quality, discusses air and water quality, and hazardous and toxic waste generation and management in the area; and Part III, Archaeological Resources, identifies and assesses the archaeological sites known in the area. Volume 5, Early Accounts of the Ecology of the Sinkhole Plain, describes the ecology of the area as recorded by historical writings of explorers, pioneers, early visitors and early historians.
Issue Date:1998
Publisher:Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
Series/Report:Critical Trends Assessment Program
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:These documents are a product of the Illinois state scientific surveys and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and has been selected and made available by the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-11-19
Identifier in Online Catalog:4083621
OCLC Identifier:(OCoLC)ocm40327230

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  • Critical Trends Assessment Program Regional Watershed Assessments
    Detailed assessments of 32 major watersheds in Illinois, conducted through the Critical Trends Assessment Program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Includes contributions from each of the State Scientific Surveys which are now part of the Prairie Research Institute.

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