Page 3–The GeoRecord Vol 9.1
New Bulletin Revises Stratigraphy
Most of Shawnee County is in the glaciated region of Kansas and is characterized
by deposits of silt, gravel, and boulders that were left behind by the
glaciers that covered northeastern Kansas about 600,000 years ago. These
glacial deposits cover much older limestones, sandstones, and shales that
were deposited during the Pennsylvanian Period of geologic time, nearly
300 million years ago. Because geologic maps show the rock units likely
to be encountered at or near the surface, they are useful in construction,
in understanding soils, in searching for water and mineral deposits, and
in a variety of engineering and environmental applications.
The updated map, produced in full-color, is drawn at a scale of 1:50,000 (one inch on the map equals about 3/4 mile). Copies of the new map are available from the KGS at the above address, phone number, or web site. Copies are $15.00, plus tax, shipping, and handling.
Trace fossil from Bulletin 245.
census data, political districts—it is no longer enough to provide
this information. For many users, these data must be in digital form and
In Kansas, the Survey’s Data Access and Support Center (or DASC)
is an arm of state government that serves as a source of all sorts of
digital information, receiving national recognition in the process.
DASC was created in 1989, largely with funding from the state water plan,
to receive, archive, and distribute digital data. At the outset, DASC’s
primary purpose was to make sure that state agencies got the data they
needed in the digital format that worked best. DASC still serves that
function, making available a range of data bases (at http://www.kansasgis.org/).
Private businesses and citizens also use the data bases, along with other
features such as interactive maps that are hosted on the DASC web site.
DASC is directed by the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Policy Board,
which consists of the directors of the major state, federal, and local
agencies that use GIS technology. Under that direction, DASC has helped
make Kansas a leader in the realm of digital data. For the past two years,
state government in Kansas tied for first nationally in the GIS and Transportation
category of the Center for Digital Government—Digital State Survey.
That expertise has led to partnerships between DASC and other agencies, particularly in the development of new GIS applications over the web. DASC has collaborated with, among others, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Center, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Deptartment of Wildlife and Parks, the Kansas Corporation Commission, Douglas County, and the Kansas State Historical Society.
Working with other state agencies, DASC developed the “Find My Elected Official” web site
Data Access and Support Center
Online February 10, 2003
Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas Geological Survey