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Exploration Services develops and uses several techniques to provide information about the subsurface, working to come up with less expensive, less invasive methods of providing images of the underground. This includes innovative methods of high resolution shallow seismic reflection. The section also provides drilling in support of water, petroleum, and basic subsurface research. An active program in the maintenance and rehabilitation of wells drilled by the Kansas Geological Survey is also part of this section.

This section also runs a program designed to monitor changes and identify regional trends in the High Plains, Dakota, and alluvial aquifers. The Water Well Project annually measures about 1,380 wells in 47 central and western Kansas counties.

In addition, as part of their work, this section has developed WinSeis and SurfSeis software for processing data generated by seismic reflection and for monitoring wells in Kansas.

State of Kansas Seismic Action Plan from the Induced Seismicity State Task Force available from the Kansas Corporation Commission.

New Online

KGS Open-file Report 2018-18
2018 Water Level Data Acquisition Statistics, by Brett Bennett and Mary Brohammer
Nov. 27, 2018—Kansas Geological Survey Links Wastewater Disposal and Distant Earthquakes
KGS Open-file Report 2018-1
2017 Water Level Data Acquisition Statistics, by Brett Bennett and Mary Brohammer
SurfSeis Version 6 Released
MASW is the multichannel analysis of surface waves leading toward the analysis of shear wave velocities. We are currently shipping Version 6. A Workshop is scheduled for March 1-2, 2018.
Kansas Geological Survey Honors Outstanding Employee
Shelby Peterie, research geophysicist at the Kansas Geological Survey, has received the fifth annual KGS Outstanding Support Staff Recognition Award. The KGS is based at the University of Kansas.

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