Educational Reports and Books

Public Information Circulars
These free publications cover many subjects of interest, from measuring water levels and mapping geology to earthquakes and meteorites
From Sea to Prairie--A Primer of Kansas Geology
A general discussion of the changing Kansas landscape, geologic time, rocks and minerals, and fossils of Kansas is undertaken. The state is broken into 11 regions, and the book addresses the rock type, age, and landscape of each region.
Kansas Rocks and Minerals
The purpose of this booklet is to summarize, as far as possible in nontechnical terms, the various kinds of rocks and minerals found in Kansas and to describe them so that students, amateur collectors, and other interested persons can identify them. [ New! ] (Feb. 2017)
Physiographic Map of Kansas
Learn about the geography of Kansas using this interactive map.
Top Ten List
What county leads in oil and gas production? Find out on the Top Ten list of oil and gas production page.
Ancient Life Found in Kansas Rocks--An Introduction to Common Kansas Fossils
An introduction to common Kansas fossils, their formation and classification, and the geologic history of Kansas. Definitions for difficult terminology. Color illustrations.
Petroleum: a Primer for Kansas
The story behind the techniques, philosophies, and struggles of finding oil and gas in Kansas. It is written in non-technical language for those who have interests in the petroleum industry in one way or another, but who have had little or no training in the technical fields involved.
A Kansan's Guide to Science
Modern scientific inquiry has provided us with a wealth of insight into the workings of the natural world, and this will in turn lead to great technological advances as we enter the new century. In this high-tech era, it has become more imperative that average citizens, not just scientists, be equipped with a basic understanding of scientific discoveries and the scientific process.
Kansas Ground Water--An Introduction to the State's Water Quantity, Quality, and Management Issues
The purpose of this book is to help Kansans understand, protect, and manage wisely an important natural resource--the state's ground water. About half of all Kansans depend on ground water for their domestic supplies, and about 85% of the total water used in the state is ground water. This is an extensive reliance on a diminishing resource; on average, we are removing water from the ground at a rate several times faster than it is being replenished.
Kansas Landscapes
This little book is intended primarily for Kansans who are interested in learning more about the origins of the natural features of their own state, but we hope that it will also be of interest to tourists passing through Kansas. Because it would be difficult to describe all of the geologically interesting and scenically beautiful spots in Kansas in such a short book, this is a geological sampler of easily accessible areas representing each of the major outcropping rock systems of the state. Most of these are from the twelve surface physiographic regions that make up the present landscape of Kansas but we will also look beneath the surface at the ancient landscapes which are buried there.