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Kansas Geological Survey

Advancing Science, Serving Kansas

Research Programs

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Water Resources and Geohydrology

Studying aquifers, rivers, and streams to provide a scientific foundation for water management.
Drill rig in Barber County


Exploring oil and gas resources, carbon and hydrogen storage, and other energy initiatives.
Bungee-assisted weight drop attached to Bobcat Toolcat.

Geophysics and Hazards

Monitoring earthquakes, developing seismic techniques, and supporting field-based research.

Research Programs

Scientist examining a rock outcrop

Geology and Mineral Resources

Studying and mapping the geologic resources of the state.
Scientists excavating bison bones


Searching for evidence of the earliest people to inhabit the Central Great Plains.

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About the KGS

Our mission, positions available, advisory committees, and frequently asked questions.

Outreach, Education, and Publications

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Educational Resources

Learn about the geology of Kansas featuring geologic sites, classroom activities, and more
Covers of KGS publications


Books and maps on the geology, minerals, and natural resources of the state.
The KGS Data Resources Library

Archives and Libraries

Kansas Geologic Sample Repository, Data Resources Library, and KGS Drill Core Library.

KGS in the news

Geologic Map for Lincoln County Now Available

Our new full-color geologic map of Lincoln County shows the type and age of rock layers at or near the surface in the north-central Kansas county.

Live Climate-Focused Podcast to Feature KGS Researcher

An interview with KGS postdoctoral researcher Malena Orduña Alegría will be featured in a live episode recording of the climate-themed podcast “The Sweaty Penguin.” “Understanding Water Use in Kansas” will take place at 5:30 p.m. March 25 in the Hawk’s Nest of the Kansas Union.

Groundwater Measurement Results Mixed in Western, South-Central Kansas

Preliminary groundwater level measurements compiled by the KGS show mixed results for western and south-central Kansas in 2023, with some areas in the northwest and west-central part of the state experiencing increases for the first time in three or more years.

KGS, State Agency to Measure Groundwater Levels in Western Kansas

A KGS crew and staff from three field offices of the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources will be in western Kansas measuring groundwater levels the first week of January.

Coming Events

April 27: Earth Day Event at KGS

Come celebrate Earth Day with the Kansas Geological Survey and the Kansas Water Science Center!

April 30: Rocks n Rolls

Connie Owen, Director of the Kansas Water Office, will be our featured speaker. Presentation begins at 8:30 a.m.

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