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New Geologic Maps
Geologic maps show the age and type of rock at the earth’s surface
and are useful in a variety of construction, engineering, and environmental
purposes, along with providing basic geologic information.
A new geologic map of Leavenworth County, by Survey geologist James McCauley,
is available for the first time. Even though Leavenworth County was among
the first counties in the state to be studied by geologists in the 1860’s,
a detailed geologic map has never been completed before. McCauley’s
map is available at a scale of both 1:50,000 (so that one inch on the
map equals about 0.8 miles of actual distance) and 1:100,000.
New geologic maps of Wyandotte County and Greenwood County have also
been produced. The Wyandotte County map, by James McCauley, is only available
at the 1:50,000 scale; the Greenwood County map, by Daniel Merriam, is
available at both 1:50,000 and 1:100,000.
In addition, 1:100,000 scale maps are now available, for the first time, of the following counties: Montgomery, Chautauqua, Russell, Butler, Riley, and Ellis. The 1:50,000 scale county maps are $15.00 each; the 1:100,000 scale maps are $10.00. For more information, contact the Survey’s Publications Sales office.
Copies of Landslides in Kansas (Public Information Circular 13) can be obtained free of charge by contacting Publications Sales at the KGS. These circulars also are available electronically through the Survey’s World Wide Web site under Publications at www.kgs.ku.edu.
Segment of Leavenworth County
A bellowing Tyrannosaurus
and a full-sized model of a swimming reptile called a mosasaur will greet
visitors at the newly remodeled Sternberg Natural History Museum in Hays,
which reopened March 13, 1999. Adjacent to Interstate 70 on the northeast
edge of Hays, the Museum includes space for educational programs, research
staff, and the museum’s collection of several million specimens
of fossils, plants, and animals, mostly from the Great Plains. But for
most visitors, the highlight will be the reconstruction of life at the
edge of the Cretaceous sea that covered western Kansas, roughly 80 million
The Sternberg Museum, a part of Fort Hays State University, is named
after a famous fossil-hunting family that collected extensively from the
Kansas Cretaceous. Many of their specimens will be on display at the Museum,
including the famous fossilized fish-within-a-fish. There will be an admission
charge to the new Museum and the staff expect to draw 150,000 visitors
per year. For more information, visit the Museum’s web site at www.fhsu.edu/sternberg.
Sternberg Museum Now Open
Online February 10, 2003
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