Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

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

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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

KGS Assesses Potential for Critical Minerals in Eastern Kansas

The KGS, in collaboration with industry partners, recently drilled and cored a well in Lyon County to evaluate layers of underground rock that may be enriched in critical minerals — non-fuel minerals and elements that are vital to electronics and other advanced technologies.

Airborne Electromagnetic Survey of Aquifer Conditions in Northwestern Kansas

Beginning in late May and continuing for much of June, residents of northwest Kansas may see a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame, part of a project to map groundwater conditions in the Ogallala aquifer in that part of the state.

KGS Postdoc Wins Research Travel Award

The Buzas Award for Travel will allow KGS postdoctoral scholar Belkasim Khameiss to study the renowned Cushman Collection of foraminifera at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

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.

Coming Events

May 21: Rocks 'N' Rolls Colloquium

Speakers: Kate Andrzejewski and Jay Kalbas
10 a.m., KGS Auditorium

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