Page 2–The GeoRecord Vol 3.1
|From the Director
by Lee C. Gerhard,
Director and State Geologist
I’m asked why research is important. This issue of The Geologic
Record illustrates how the research programs of the Kansas Geological
Survey result in new technologies to address long-standing Kansas problems,
saving the state and its citizens money and time.
Salt dissolution and surface collapses, sometimes catastrophic, may accompany
ground-water seepage into salt beds in central Kansas, resulting in damage
to highways and private property, and raising public-safety concerns.
Our research won’t stop salt dissolution, but the shallow reflection
seismic technology developed at the KGS makes it possible to locate and
map solution voids and sinkholes that have not yet collapsed, helping
mitigate the hazard. Improved data processing and experiments with new
and different energy sources have made it possible to see underground
rock formations in better detail. Like many Survey programs, this research,
initiated for other purposes, has been developing over several years and
is now important not only to Kansas, but also in the environmental mitigation
of contaminated sites throughout the country. The same techniques that
locate voids can identify underground formations and aquifers, helping
predict the migration of contaminant plumes and aid in ground-water remediation.
As we work with the Kansas Corporation Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, and other agencies concerned about pollution issues, our research helps lead the way to cheaper and more effective solutions to problems. Research is an investment, not an expense.
Kansas Earth Science Education Award
Dan Kuhlman, earth science teacher at Eudora Middle School
in Eudora, Kansas, has received the 1996–97 Excellence in Kansas
Earth Science Education Award from the Kansas Geological Foundation and
the Kansas Earth Science Teachers Association. This award of $1,000, funded
by the Kansas Geological Foundation, is given to an outstanding earth
science teacher in grades K–12. The award was presented in December
at the Kansas Geological Foundation’s annual meeting in Wichita.
Other finalists for the award were Sam Wine (Eureka High School) and Vincent
Coons (Iola High School), who received gift certificates for publications
from the Kansas Geological Survey.
Kuhlman is the fourth recipient of the Excellence in Kansas Earth Science Education Award. Last year’s winner was Jim Clark, earth science teacher at Wichita North High School in Wichita.
Online February 10, 2003
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