KGS 2021 Virtual Earth Science Week Celebration

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.


Explore KGS geologists at work

Kentucky's Geologic Heritage: the history of KGS and geology in Kentucky

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.



Virtual Interview with KGS geologist Antonia Bottoms and KGS cartographer Emily Morris

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.

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KGS Women in Science Interview

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.

Geoheritage in Kentucky - Natural arches at Kentucky state parks and nature preserves

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.

Field Mapping and Rock Identification in the Field

KGS geologist Drew Andrews explains how geologists evaluate and use information from an outcrop to create a map.

How do geologists make geologic maps?

KGS geologist Matt Massey explains the methods and processes used to make a surficial geologic map.

Learn How a Geologist Studies the Grain Size in Soil Samples

KGS geologist Antonia Bottoms shows us how she evaluates soil samples at KGS's Earth Analysis Research Library.

KGS Geologic Map Service: New Design Demo for Oil and Gas Users

KGS geologist Doug Curl shows how to use the new features of the KGS Geologic Map Information Service.

Landslide Hazards

KGS geologist Matt Crawford provides an overview of landslides.

What are rare earth elements good for?

KGS geochemist Gina Lukoczki shares the history of rare earth elements, how they are used today, and where they can be found in Kentucky.

Tour of KGS Earth Analysis Research Library (EARL)

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.

Rock Core Photography Process

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.

Learn Three Types of Destructive Analysis

KGS employee Ray Daniels discusses three types of destructive tests that can be performed on rock core.

Learn How Geologists Evaluate and Use Rock Core Samples

KGS employee Ray Daniel discusses carbonate rock core samples from Kentucky.


Watch videos from KGS partners and scientific organizations

Video of volcano demonstration from Earth and Environmental Sciences in 360°

EES geologist Pete Idstein demonstrates a volcanic eruption.

Pilot-Scale Plant to Extract Rare Earth Elements in Heart of Coal Country

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

Inside the Research - Rare Earth Elements

Did you know that undergraduate engineering students at UK can participate in meaningful research by joining a professor's lab.


Check out science resources from organizations in the Commonwealth

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

Website: https://www.nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/our-insights/soil-solutions/

World Soil Day
Farming for a Sustainable Future

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/


Check out KGS educational activities and fun facts about Kentucky

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

Last Modified on 2021-10-11
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