Geophysics and Hazards; Exploration Services
Geophysical methods measure earth properties to characterize features such as rock layer geometry, sinkholes, and earthquakes.
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Seismic reflection technology has been applied to characterizing the shallow geology at locations that are environmentally contaminated; in detecting shallow subsurface voids that might be related to sinkholes, tunnels, or construction; and in mapping faults or bedrock surfaces, among other uses.
Surface Wave Research
Surface waves have been used in two distinct ways at the KGS. Vs Profiling, or shear-wave velocity profiling, evaluates the stiffness of subsurface material. Near-surface imaging is a method used to detect anomalies below the ground.
Forensic and Archaeology Research
The forensic and archaeology geophysics program uses non-invasive, near-surface geophysical methods to identify shallow subsurface targets.
Gravity and Magnetic Data
The potential-field database at the Kansas Geological Survey contains 72,000 line-km (45,000 line-mi) of regional aeromagnetic data and 62,606 gravity-station measurements covering Kansas.
Time Lapse, High-Resolution Seismic Reflection Imaging (Line 1) of a Void in the Hutchinson Salt Beneath #1 Knackstedt Disposal Well, McPherson County, Kansas, by R. Miller, S. Peterie, D. Borisov, and J. Ivanov
Report on Feasibility Study of Regional Arbuckle Properties in South-Central Kansas: Now and Planning for the Future, by S. Peterie, D. Newell, R. Miller, and R. Mandel
Passive Seismic Characterization of High Priority Salt Jugs in Hutchinson, Kansas: November 2021, by E. P. Knippel, J. Ivanov, S. L. Peterie, R. D. Miller, B. C. Bennett, B. Wedel, C. Umbrell, O. Jones, and A. Hoch