Isotech Laboratories Inc.

Champaign, IL, United States

Isotech Laboratories Inc.

Champaign, IL, United States
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Di Stefano G.,Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology | Romeo G.,Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology | Mazzini A.,University of Oslo | Iarocci A.,Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology | And 2 more authors.
Marine and Petroleum Geology | Year: 2017

Extreme and inaccessible environments are a new frontier that unmanned and remotely operated vehicles can today safely access and monitor. The Lusi mud eruption (NE Java Island, Indonesia) represents one of these harsh environments that are totally unreachable with traditional techniques. Here boiling mud is constantly spewed tens of meters in height and tall gas clouds surround the 100 m wide active crater. The crater is surrounded by a ∼600 m diameter circular zone of hot mud that prevents any approach to investigate and sample the eruption site. In order to access this active crater we designed and assembled a multipurpose drone.The Lusi drone is equipped with numerous airborne devices suitable for use on board of other multicopters. During the missions, three cameras can complete 1) video survey, 2) high resolution photogrammetry of desired and preselected polygons, and 3) thermal photogrammetry surveys with infra-red camera to locate hot fluids seepage areas or faulted zones. Crater sampling and monitoring operations can be pre-planned with a flight software, and the pilot is required only for take-off and landing. A winch allows the deployment of gas, mud and water samplers and contact thermometers to be operated with no risk for the aircraft. During the winch operations (that can be performed automatically), the aircraft hovers at a safety height until the tasks controlled by the winch-embedded processor are completed. The drone is also equipped with GPS-connected CO2 and CH4 sensors. Gridded surveys using these devices allowed obtaining 2D maps of the concentration and distribution of various gasses over the area covered by the flight path.The device is solid, stable even with significant wind, affordable, and easy to transport. The Lusi drone successfully operated during several expeditions at the ongoing active Lusi eruption site and proved to be an excellent tool to study other harsh or unreachable sites, where operations with more conventional methods are too expensive, dangerous or simply impossible. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.


Panno S.V.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign | Chirienco M.I.,Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology | Bauer R.A.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign | Lundstrom C.C.,University of Illinois at Springfield | And 2 more authors.
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America | Year: 2016

The stalagmites collected from Donnehue’s Cave, south-central Indiana, may record seismic events near the Wabash Valley fault system located in the midwestern United States. Results of uranium–thorium disequilibrium dating of four stalagmites showing pronounced shifts in their central growth axes, episodes of growth initiation/cessation, and results of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of flood deposits within the cave reveal both the possibilities and problems associated with using stalagmites as indicators of seismic events. The first of a set of twin stalagmites, initiated about 300,000 yr B.P., recorded a major flood event (correlated with an OSL dated flood deposit) at about 246,000 yr B.P. as a central growth-axis shift and stopped growing at about 170,000 yr B.P. Other shifts present within this stalagmite contained embedded fine sediments associated with flooding. Its twin began growing at about 170,000 yr B.P., contained no shifts, and stopped growing at about 100,000 yr B.P. Both stalagmites resumed growing at about 6000 yr B.P. that overlaps in time, within sampling and analytical error, with an Mw 7.1–7.3 event recorded by liquefaction features dated, by others, at 6100 200 yr B.P. Another stalagmite began growing at about 55,000 yr B.P. and recorded multiple central growthaxis shifts showing dissolution and fine sediment layers associated with flood events within the cave. The third and youngest stalagmite contained no evidence of flooding and was initiated about 1800 yr B.P. (the same time, within error, as an Mw 6.2 seismic event recorded in the Wabash Valley sediments). This stalagmite had shifts in its central growth axis that occurred at the same time (within statistical error) as New Madrid seismic zone events at A.D. 660 and 900, and contained a shifted regrowth layer that may be coincident with either the A.D. 1811–1812 series or the A.D. 1895 event. © 2016 Seismological Society of America. All rights reserved.


Panno S.,Illinois State Geological Survey | Hackley K.,Isotech Laboratories Inc. | Locke R.,Illinois State Geological Survey | Krapac I.,Illinois State Geological Survey | And 3 more authors.
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta | Year: 2013

Recently, brine samples from the Cambrian-age Mount Simon Formation (the deepest, most inaccessible sedimentary rock formation of the Illinois Basin) and the overlying Ironton-Galesville Formation were collected as part of a major research effort evaluating the feasibility of sequestration of carbon dioxide in deep geologic formations. Halide and halide/cation ratios (especially Cl/Br and Na/Br ratios) from groundwater samples collected during this investigation suggest that the brines of the Cambrian-age strata formed by the evaporation of seawater well beyond the point of halite precipitation. The Cl/Br and Na/Br ratios, the presence of Mississippi-Valley-Type (MVT) ore mineralization in close proximity to the Illinois Basin, and the tectonic history of the region and the Illinois Basin suggest that components of ore-forming brines and perhaps crystalline basement brine are likely still present within the Mount Simon Formation. Halide and cation/halide ratio plots show that these brines have mixed with and have been diluted by subaerially evaporated seawater, seawater and dilute groundwater. Movement of brines out of the Mount Simon Formation and/or exchange with brines of other formations is constrained by the overlying, siltstone- and shale-rich Eau Claire Formation, a low-permeability layer.The most plausible interpretation of the halide and halide/cation ratio data is that the brines of the Cambrian-age strata were introduced to the Illinois Basin from outside of the basin, perhaps when the Illinois Basin was connected to the Arkoma (Oklahoma and Arkansas) and Black Warrior Basins (Alabama and Mississippi) via the Reelfoot Rift during Cambrian and early Ordovician time. In addition, the presence of some percentage of high NaCl, low Cl/Br brines from the crystalline basement is suggested given the geochemical relationships of the halide and cation/halide ratios and the tectonic history of the Illinois Basin. Finally, halide and cation/halide ratios determined by this investigation, and regional geochemical evidence and hydrogeologic modeling (by others) suggest that the brines of these strata probably were affected by regional hydrothermal activity during Permian time that was responsible for the MVT ore deposits of the Midwestern U.S. Thus, the brines of the deepest strata of the Illinois Basin constitute a different, more complex type of fluid than those found elsewhere in the basin. Halide and halide-cation ratios suggest that these deep brines are dominated by residual evaporitic brine (possibly originating as ore-forming brines) with dilution by seawater and dilute groundwater. Other components may include subaerially evaporated seawater and crystalline basement brines. © 2013.


Hwang H.-H.,Illinois State Geological Survey | Panno S.V.,Illinois State Geological Survey | Hackley K.C.,Illinois State Geological Survey | Hackley K.C.,Isotech Laboratories Inc.
Environmental and Engineering Geoscience | Year: 2015

During the last decade of the twentieth century, McHenry County had the fastest-growing population in Illinois. Just north of the Chicago metropolitan area, land use in the eastern half of the county changed from row-crop agriculture to urban sprawl. Water supplies are from shallow sand and gravel aquifers and are highly vulnerable. We evaluated the change of groundwater quality in McHenry County during most of the twentieth century and identified the degree and extent of contamination, and sources, using available historic water-quality data. To evaluate historic data, we calculated background concentrations of selected ions using cumulative probability plots to identify the presence of anthropogenic contamination. Timing of groundwater contamination coincides with that of population growth and the onset of utilization of artificial N-fertilizer and road salt. Groundwater from urban areas showed greater Na+ and Cl- contents than rural areas, which reflect more extensive applications of road salt beginning in the early 1960s. Groundwater was collected for chemical and isotope analyses from selected shallow wells with historically elevated NO3- Concentration as well as from farms with livestock. The isotope data suggest N-fertilizer and soil nitrogen are the predominant sources for NO3- in shallow groundwater. Animal waste was also a source for NO3- near farms with livestock. Spatial analysis suggested that the source of NO3- in the groundwater was from surface-borne contaminants. The permeable soils and near-surface sand and gravel aquifer found in most of McHenry County provide pathways for surface contaminants to migrate into shallow ground-water.


Trademark
Isotech Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2011-08-16

Metal containers used for collecting, trapping, retaining and shipping gases or liquids. Plastic containers used for collecting, trapping, retaining and shipping gases or liquids for commercial or industrial use.


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Isotech Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2012-10-09

Metal containers used for collecting, trapping, retaining and shipping gases or liquids. Plastic containers used for collecting, trapping, retaining and shipping gasses or liquids for commercial or industrial use.


Patent
Isotech Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2014-02-25

A gas sample extraction assembly for controllably accessing gas in a gas sample container includes a coupler body having a coupler bore and a coupler end for engaging the gas sample container; an upper member having an upper member bore; a biasing member disposed between the upper member and the coupler body; and a stem having a first portion coupled to the upper member bore and a second portion disposed in the coupler bore, the stem being movable relative to the coupler body between a first axial position and a second axial position, wherein the biasing member is configured to bias the stem in the first axial position.


Patent
Isotech Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2013-09-03

A canister for measuring the natural gas content of rock cores which (1) has an inner core-containment bag made of non-permeable plastic which can be flash evacuated, collapsing around the core and thus minimizing the amount of air present and improving the quality of the gas analyses and (2) which prevents the released gas from reacting with the outer canister. A procedure for using gas-sampling bags to periodically collect the gas released from the core so that (1) the volume of released gas can be measured at a later date using more convenient and precise laboratory methods, (2) the gas can be readily transported and stored, and (3) the gas can be easily submitted for analysis.


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Isotech Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2016-06-21

Containers primarily of plastic but with metal parts sold empty for samples of gasses to be used for isotopic analysis in laboratories.


Trademark
Isotech Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2014-05-06

Profile gas sampling container used for collecting or splitting discrete gaseous specimen, intended for subsequent, automated laboratory analysis.

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