Welcome to the 2021 KGS Earth Science Week celebration and virtual webpage! Check out our videos about careers in geology and learn how geologists map rocks and mining engineers extract rare earth elements. Watch a demonstration of a volcanic eruption, view information about rocks and fossils in Kentucky, and learn about sustainable farming from The Nature Conservancy.
Once you’ve viewed the information on our webpage, check out the fun activities and contests on the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Earth Science Week page.
This video shares the story of KGS's history, provides glimpses into the research conducted by KGS scientists, and describes the geology of Kentucky. The purpose of a geological survey and how geologists work with their communities to solve geologic problems is also highlighted.
Sarah Mardon interviews KGS geologist Antonia Bottoms and KGS cartographer Emily Morris about how they work together on projects, their careers at KGS, and why they enjoy working at a geological survey. They also share their suggestions for people interested in pursuing careers in geology or cartography/geography.
In March 2021, KGS research coordinator Liz Adams had a virtual conversation with seven female KGS colleagues in different stages of their careers to learn about the challenges faced by women in the geosciences, their career motivations and mentors, and their aspirations for the future. Learn more about the role of women in the geosciences by listening to their quick 30-minute discussion in celebration of Women's History Month.
KGS geologist Steve Martin talks about how natural arches are a part of Kentucky's geoheritage. Kentucky has over 2,000 natural rock openings and has more natural arches than any other state in the eastern United States. Watch this video to learn more about the geology and associated history of the arches at Carter Caves State Park, Red River Gorge, and Mantle Rock Nature Preserve.
KGS geologist Drew Andrews explains how geologists evaluate and use information from an outcrop to create a map.
KGS geologist Matt Massey explains the methods and processes used to make a surficial geologic map.
KGS geologist Antonia Bottoms shows us how she evaluates soil samples at KGS's Earth Analysis Research Library.
KGS geologist Doug Curl shows how to use the new features of the KGS Geologic Map Information Service.
KGS geologist Matt Crawford provides an overview of landslides.
KGS geochemist Gina Lukoczki shares the history of rare earth elements, how they are used today, and where they can be found in Kentucky.
KGS employee Ryan Pinkston talks about how different types of rock samples stored at EARL are used, how researchers use the online database to access information, and how scientists use the samples for their work.
KGS employee Gordon Dowell describes the non-destructive tests he conducts on rock core samples to determine their lithology. KGS employee Natalie Fields describes the photography process used to photograph rock core. Their work is part of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
KGS employee Ray Daniels discusses three types of destructive tests that can be performed on rock core.
KGS employee Ray Daniel discusses carbonate rock core samples from Kentucky.
EES geologist Pete Idstein demonstrates a volcanic eruption.
Americans use rare earth elements (REEs) every day — without knowing it. In fact, they are crucial to society. Rick Honaker, professor of mining engineering at the University of Kentucky, knows all about these fascinating elements and the modern electronics they make possible. Read More
Did you know that undergraduate engineering students at UK can participate in meaningful research by joining a professor's lab.
Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, https://www.research.uky.edu/kentucky-water-resources-research-institute
University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, https://ees.as.uky.edu/
University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering, https://www.engr.uky.edu/research-faculty/departments/mining-engineering
The Nature Conservancy
Central Kentucky Gem and Mineral Club, https://www.facebook.com/BGGAMC/, http://bggamc.homestead.com/
Kentucky Paleontological Society, http://www.uky.edu/OtherOrgs/KPS/
Kentucky Science Center, https://kysciencecenter.org/
Bluegrass GreenSource, https://bggreensource.org/
Kentucky Speleological Survey, https://ksscaves.com/
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, https://www.clementmineralmuseum.org/
Resources for K-16: https://www.uky.edu/KGS/education/
Earth Science Classroom Activities: https://www.uky.edu/KGS/education/classroom-activity.php
Fun Facts about Kentucky Geology: https://www.uky.edu/KGS/education/interesting-earth-science-facts.php
Geologic Story Maps: https://kgs.uky.edu/storymap/
Limestone and Dolostone in Kentucky https://www.uky.edu/KGS/education/factsheet/Limestone%20and%20Dolostone%20in%20Kentucky.pdf