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Kentucky Geological Survey

Kentucky Geological Survey

The mission of the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) is to provide for citizens, researchers, industry, and government, scientifically based information on Kentucky's geology and mineral and water resources. KGS conducts research, collects data, and serves as the State's official archive for data on petroleum, coal, minerals, ground water, and topographic and geologic maps. A diverse research program is supported principally by grants from federal and state agencies and industry. Research investigations include the study of water resources, geologic mapping, oil and natural gas resources, coal and minerals, and geologic hazards.

Geoscientists at KGS provide technical advice to more than 100 committees, boards, and advisory groups at the international, federal, state, regional, and local level, and at the University of Kentucky. KGS is a national leader in digital geologic mapping and an authorized ESRI ArcView GIS instruction center. Analytical support services of the laboratory are provided primarily to researchers at KGS, but also to researchers in academia, government, industry, and the private sector who study the environment and natural resources of Kentucky.

Mining and Minerals Resources, Room 228
228 MMRB
University of Kentucky
Lexington , KY 40506-0107
This collection contains sites with vertical seismic profile data, including shear wave and P-wave components. The sites are located primarily in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in western Kentucky and surrounding states.
Geoscientific collections managed by Kentucky Geological Survey are aggregated in the National Digital Catalog to enhance discovery and use of valuable samples and data for further scientific research. Contact information and material access instructions are provided for the individual collections.
This collection contains scanned core analyses records collected with Kentucky oil and gas well drilling activity.
This collection is comprised of records of coal exploration drill holes provided to KGS by both private companies and public agencies. It includes paper documents of the core or cutting descriptions, scanned images of the documents, and an online database of the subsurface data. Approximately 60% of the records are publically accessible.
Scanned publications from the Eastern Gas Shales Project. A University of Kentucky and Kentucky Geological Survey project funded by the United States Department of Energy Morgantown Energy Technology Center. Contract Number EY-78-S-21-8215. Publications include structure contour maps, isopach maps, cross-sections describing various shale horizons in Kentucky and a final report describing the project with logs, core descriptions, and lab analyses.
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