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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Dec. 8, 1998

New Maps of West-Central Kansas Counties Available

LAWRENCE--New topographic maps of Greeley, Hamilton, and Kearny counties are now available from the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

The maps show the elevations and contours of the earth's surface, along with a variety of other natural and man-made features.

The new map of Hamilton County, for example, shows the Frontier, Alamo, and Fort Aubrey irrigation ditches. Irrigation ditches are also shown on the Kearny County map, as well as the Campbell, James , and Mattox draws in the northern part of the county. The Greeley County map shows the drainage patterns along the White Woman and South Ladder creeks.

Other features shown on these county maps include sand and shale pits, feedlots, river gaging stations, radio towers, and airplane landing strips.

The maps are produced by the U.S. Geological Survey and are drawn at a scale of 1:100,000, so that one inch on the map equals about 1.5 miles of actual distance. Lines showing elevation are drawn in meters.

In addition to county topographic maps, the Survey carries more detailed topographic maps of the entire state.

Copies of the new Greeley, Hamilton, or Kearny county maps are available from the Survey's Publication Sales Office, 1930 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66047 (or call 785-864-3965). The cost is $5.00 per map, plus shipping and handling. Kansas residents should add 6.9% sales tax on the entire amount of the order.

Story by Liz Brosius, (785) 864-3965

Kansas Geological Survey, Publications and Public Affairs