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Symposium: Celebrating Geologic Mapping for Science and Society

Events: This symposium is part of a celebration of geologic mapping marking the completion of the 30 by 60 minute series of geologic quadrangle maps for Kentucky. At 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2011, a super-size banner with the new geologic map of Kentucky will be unveiled in the foyer of the Mining and Mineral Resources Building at the University of Kentucky. Guests and media are invited. The symposium, Celebrating Geologic Mapping for Science and Society, will follow the unveiling.

Date and Time: December, 1, 2011, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Location: University of Kentucky campus, Hillary J. Boone Center, Lexington. The Boone Center is adjacent to the Mining and Mineral Resources Building in which the Kentucky Geological Survey is located. See map and directions to the Kentucky Geological Survey, Mining and Mineral Resources Building, and Hillary J. Boone Center at

Lunch: Provided at the Boone Center for participants and guests.

Tentative Symposium Program: Presenters are free to tailor their talks to any aspect of geologic mapping they think appropriate. Suggested topics are just that, suggested not required. Talks are 20 minutes each. Presenters may be asked for an extended abstract for a publication.

  1. William Andrews, Kentucky Geological Survey: history and overview of Kentucky geologic mapping (suggested topic)
  2. Randy Orndorff, U.S. Geological Survey: geologic mapping at the U.S. Geological Survey (suggested topic)
  3. Don McKay, Illinois State Geological Survey: economic value of geologic maps and mapping applications/successes for Illinois (suggested topic)
  4. John Steinmetz, Indiana Geological Survey: geologic mapping for geotechnical and hazards research (suggested topic)
  5. Harvey Thorleifson, Minnesota Geological Survey: geologic mapping for environmental geology (suggested topic)
  6. Larry Wickstrom, Ohio Geological Survey: geologic mapping for energy, including coal, oil and gas, and sequestration (suggested topic)
  7. TBA faculty/educational professional: scientific and educational aspects of geologic mapping (suggested topic)
  8. Ron Counts, Kentucky Geological Survey: current mapping and applications for science (suggested topic)
  9. Jim Cobb, Kentucky Geological Survey: wrap-up

Reception: A reception will be held in the Boone Center for all participants and guests following the symposium.

Lodging: A block of rooms has been reserved for the evenings of Wednesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1, at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown, 1000 Export Street, Lexington, KY 40504. The block rate is $84 + tax, per night. Reservations can be made by phone at 859.389.6800. Ask for the “KGS Mapping Event Block,” or book online at using the Group Code KGS. All rooms must be reserved by November 14, 2011, to receive the quoted rate.