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Available Field Guides and Geologic Maps
- Greb, S.F., Potter, P.E., Meyer, D.L., and Ausich, W.I., 2008, Mud mounds, paleoslumps, crinoids, and more; the geology of the Fort Payne Formation at Lake Cumberland, south-central Kentucky (field trip for the Kentucky chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists), May 17-18, 2008, 45 p.
- Potter, P.E., and Greb, S.F., 2008, AIPG rainy day alternative field trip on land: Supplement to field trip for the Kentucky chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, May 17-18, 2008, 16 p.
- Lewis, R.Q., Sr., and Potter, P.E., 1978, Surface rocks in the western Lake Cumberland area, Clinton, Russell, and Wayne Counties, Kentucky (guidebook and roadlog for Geological Society of Kentucky 1978 field conference), Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 10, 41 p.
- Meyer, D.L., Potter, P.E., Thies, J.L., Ausich, W.I., and Leslie, S.A., 1997, A deep-to-shallow transition in the Fort Payne Formation (Lower Mississippian), Kentucky Highway 61, Cumberland County, Kentucky: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Map and Chart Series 12, 1 sheet. This chart discusses the geology of roadcut exposures through Fort Payne mud mounds on Highway 61 south of Burkesville, Kentucky, west of Lake Cumberland.
- Ettensohn, F.R., Lierman, R.T., Udgata, D.B.P., ad mason, C.E., 2013, The Early-Middle Mississippian Borden-Grainger-Fort Payne delta/basin complex: Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists, Field Trip Guidebook, 29 p. This field guide includes outcrops from across eastern Kentucky and the greater Lake Cumberland area. Stops 9-11 are in the Lake Cumberland and Burkesville areas.
The 7.5-minute geological quadrangle maps for the Lake Cumberland area contain substantial information about the geology of the area and can be useful for planning trips or doing research in the area. To view the maps online go to the Kentucky Geological Survey Geologic Map Information Service
There are several options for viewing.
- Digital files with access to online databases and control of map layers: From the control bar, choose "Zoom to a location." At "Geographic area type," scroll down the list and choose "Lakes." Scroll down the list of lakes and choose "Lake Cumberland." You can then zoom in on the parts of the lake you want to visit by using the zoom tool on the side of the map. A tool bar lets you choose the types of information (layers) you want to view on the map. If you check the box next to "7.5-Min index," a series of red lines will be superimposed on the map; they are the outlines of the 7.5-minute quadrangles. (You may have to zoom into a certain scale before this index can be turned on.)
- Scanned copies of the original 7.5-minute geologic quadrangle maps: From the control bar, choose "Zoom to a location." At "Geographic area type," scroll down the list and choose "7.5-minute-scale (1:24K)." From the "Select a 1:24,000-scale quadrangle" box, scroll down and choose from the list:
- Cumberland City
- Russell Springs
- Wolf Creek Dam
Hard copies can be ordered from the Kentucky Geological Survey.
The 7.5-minute geological quadrangle maps for the Kentucky side of the Dale Hollow Lake area are available also. Focus on these 7.5-minute quadrangles: