Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of
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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, SPECIAL REPORT 10
PRINTED BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF INDIANA, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA: 1975
During recent years many of the population centers of Indiana have undergone growth that has resulted in expansion of urban uses into land that has been largely rural. As a result of that expansion, conflicts have arisen between expanding urban uses and the agricultural and mineral resource uses of land that lies near the centers of population. In addition, uncontrolled use of flood plains, steep slopes, and areas of soft sediments and high water tables has caused inconvenience and financial loss to individuals and industries that unknowingly have built structures in those places. Generally, these situations have developed as a result of a lack of information or understanding about the geologic materials or processes that exist in the area involved.
PURPOSE OF REPORT This report was prepared to bring together information on the geologic features of Madison County, Ind., that are likely to affect the urban development of land in the county. Information of this kind is of greatest value in areas where land use is changing, because as the population density of a developing community increases, all factors likely to limit the most effective use of the land must be considered in preparing comprehensive planning studies and ordinances (Wayne, 1969). The information in this report is intended to serve as a guide in land use planning and engineering planning but is not sufficiently detailed to replace specific site evaluation studies.