Educational Series

The nontechnical publications in our Educational Series provide opportunities to learn about popular and important topics in the earth sciences. Online or pdf copies are available for most of the publications on this list.

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Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils

The rocks, minerals, and fossils of Kansas provide clues to past environments and are vital to the economic well-being of the state.

Fossils found in Kansas


Whether it's found in lakes and rivers or deep underground, water has always been essential to the growth, economy, and life in Kansas.

Pillsbury Crossing waterfall


Maps and mapping information serve scientists’ and the public’s need for natural resources information.

Miami County geologic map

Kansas Geology Basics

Kansas embraces a wide variety of landscapes, shaped by geologic processes over billions of years.

Dolomite and rock hammer at roadcut

Kansas Geology and the Economy

Oil and natural gas are the most significant energy resources produced in Kansas and are main drivers in the state's economy. The state also has a long history of producing other industrial rocks and minerals, including metallic rocks and ores, building stone, and aggregate.