Public Information Circulars

These circulars address the issues concerning geology. A complete list of Public Information Circulars (PIC) is available on the Publications Index Page.

Geologic Mapping in Kansas
This online version of PIC 4 describes how geologic maps are made and how they are used.
Sand, Gravel, and Crushed Stone: Their Production and Use in Kansas
PIC 6 discusses sand, gravel, crushed stone, and lightweight aggregate, a man-made material manufactured from shale. This publication describes the type and amount of these materials used in Kansas; their source, processing, and usage; and environmental issues related to their production.
Landslides in Kansas
This web version of PIC 13 provides property owners, government officials, and developers an introduction to landslides in Kansas and outlines common approaches for their remediation.
Kansas Kimberlites
PIC 16 provides general information about these rare and unusual rocks found in the heartland of the United States.
Lead and Zinc Mining in Kansas
This circular explains the history and geology of the Tri-State mining district in Kansas, the environmental consequences of lead and zinc mining, and efforts to solve some of these problems and reclaim the land.
Salt in Kansas
Salt is an abundant and valuable natural resource in Kansas. In addition to salt's well-known uses (such as table salt or road de-icing material), large caverns dissolved out of salt beds also are used to store natural gas, natural gas liquids (such as propane and butane), and other petroleum products.
Invertebrate Fossils of Kansas
Anyone who has spent much time outdoors in Kansas probably has encountered a fossil or two. Kansas rocks are full of fossils. From shell fragments in a chunk of gravel to spectacular specimens in museum displays, Kansas fossils contain important evidence about the history of life on earth.

Other Reports Online

Be sure and check these pages for other categories:

Kansas River Corridor Study
The objective of this study is to provide readers a better understanding of portions of the geologic history of the Kansas River area, and to point out the importance of various aspects of the river and its corridor to the citizens of the area and the state.
The Butler County Geologic Map: A Case Study of the Map Production Process at the Kansas Geological Survey
This is an online version of a paper presented at the 1996 Kansas Academy of Science GIS Symposium.