KGS 2020 Earth Science Week Virtual Open House

Welcome to KGS’s virtual open house. Celebrate this year’s Earth Science week with us! Check out our short videos about geologists and engineers at work; information about rocks, minerals, and fossils; and links to home-based science activities on our website.

On Friday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., we are having a live Q&A with KGS researchers Steve Greb, Matt Crawford, and Sarah Arpin. If you want to participate in the live session, please sign up via google forms and we will email you the zoom link closer to the event.

Register now:

If you’d like to send in a question for the live Q&A, email us at by noon on Thursday, October 15th.

Watch videos of 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.

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,

University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,

University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering,

The Nature Conservancy


World Soil Day
Farming for a Sustainable Future

Central Kentucky Gem and Mineral Club,,

Kentucky Paleontological Society,

Kentucky Science Center,

Bluegrass GreenSource,

Kentucky Speleological Survey,

Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum,

Check out KGS educational activities and fun facts about Kentucky

Resources for K-16:

Earth Science Classroom Activities:

Fun Facts about Kentucky Geology:

Geologic Story Maps:

Limestone and Dolostone in Kentucky

Last Modified on 2023-01-05
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