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Western Regional Office in Henderson

David A. Williams: Section Head and Manager

KGS has maintained a presence in western Kentucky since 1948, when R.E. Puryear first opened an office in the Henderson city government building. The facility is staffed with an office manager and members of the KGS Water Resources and Geologic Mapping Sections. The office responds to assistance requests from local governments, industrial and agricultural interests, while also doing educational outreach and geologic research.

Staff at the Henderson office have assisted with significant KGS research, in areas such as carbon storage, enhanced oil and gas recovery, water-quality sampling, coal resources and analysis, geologic hazards, and geologic mapping


 

Mapping: Surficial Mapping Program / State Map and Sediment Lab

Scott E. Waninger_Geologist II swaninger@uky.edu
Amy Bleichroth-King_Technician

Scott Waninger maps unconsolidated sediments under the State Map Project. Amy Bleichroth-King operates the Beckman-Coulter LS 13 320 grain size analyzer of soil core samples in the Sediment Lab. Ms. Bleichroth-King is also using our magnetic susceptibility meter to run magnetic profiles on soil cores taken during the State Map project. She enters database points into the KGS Mapping Data Base in support of State Map.

Giddings Soil Coring Machine   Sediment Lab

Giddings Soil Coring Machine

 

Sediment Lab

Amy Bleichroth-King at Particle Size Analyzer   Soil Core Storage

Amy Bleichroth-King at Particle Size Analyzer

  Soil Core Storage

 

 


Seismic Garage

The Seismic Garage at the Western Regional Office houses the KGS Henderson Seismic Station and other equipment used by KGS and UK seismologists. The facility also houses the Sediment Lab for the study of unconsolidated sediments within the Ohio River Valley, soil coring machines and support trailers.

Click here to see real time seismic readings from Henderson Seismic Station http://www.uky.edu/KGS/geologichazards/seismic_gifs_sp_sm.htm?11

Henderson Seismic Station Henderson Seismic Garage Seismic Garage Bay Area
Henderson Seismic Station Henderson Seismic Garage Seismic Garage Bay Area

 


Hydrogeology

Hydrogeology site at http://www.uky.edu/KGS/water/index.htm

E, Glynn Beck: Hydrogeologist

Glynn Beck conducts ground water research in Western Kentucky

 


Energy

Petroleum
Coal
Carbon Sequestration

The Western Regional Office has supported many energy and energy related research projects that have had western Kentucky as a focus.

The Petroleum Records housed at Henderson have several sources which makes this collection unique. We are in the process of comparing our collection to the one in Lexington. Records not already in our on-line data base will be scanned and uploaded. Holly Kreimeg who joined the office this year is continuing the archiving of our oil and gas drilling files. A new scanner and computer has improved the production and quality of the images that are placed into our online records at KGS.

The office has a computer station for the public to view the KGS digital databases

Petroleum Files   Holly Keimig Scanning Records

Petroleum Files

  Holly Keimig Scanning Records

 

Petroleum Records and Maps Available in Henderson

Paleochannel Investigation

Screen clip of a cross section across a part of the “Clay” channel in Webster County

Screen clip of a cross section across a part of the “Clay” channel in Webster County

Dave Williams is currently working to map paleochannel deposits in the upper part of the Carbondale Formation and the Shelburne Formations that contain the most economic coals in the Western Kentucky Coal Field.

 



Field Investigations

Our staff continue to conduct field investigations into geologic hazards, to collect samples, and lead fieldtrips to further develop the understanding of geology in the Commonwealth.

 

Dave Williams Investigates Rock Fall on Western Kentucky Parkway

Ledbetter Bridge Slide along bank of Tennessee River at old US 60 Bridge
A major portion of the slide scarp about 35 ft. high. This picture taken from atop the unmoved portion of the hill.
The McNairy Formation (clay, silty with some sand laminations) and a slip-face (slickenside) was observed just below the toe of the slide.
This slide was responsible for damaging the Ledbetter Bridge crossing the Tennessee River at Paducah that led to the pre-mature closing of the bridge.

 

Ledbetter Bridge Slide along bank of Tennessee River at old US 60 Bridge 

Dave Williams Investigates Rock Fall on Western Kentucky Parkway


Members of the KGS Energy Section inspect iconic asphaltic rock on Field Trip led by members of the Western Regional Office and Faculty of Western Kentucky University

Members of the KGS Energy Section inspect iconic asphaltic rock on Field Trip led by members of the Western Regional Office and Faculty of Western Kentucky University