What is this?
This tool allows you to search the Kentucky Geological Survey database for geologic descriptions
from KGS publications, maps, and field notes and highlight those units on the map.
Many of these descriptions were derived from the more than
700 geologic quadrangle maps
the entire state of Kentucky. The "hits" which correlate to the 24K Geologic Formations (see the "Layers" tab to turn these on)
are highlighted on the map. Queries run at "zoomed out" scales (1:500,000 and smaller), will display a point for the location (this is the center
point of the 1:24K formation polygon). When zoomed in to large scales, the polygon outline will be highlighted.
A link to the full report from your search parameters is also given (which may yield results from other reports as well).
To get started, zoom into an area of interest, enter your favorite geologic term ("oolite" or "fissile"?) into the Search Term
and hit the SEARCH
- Broad search terms at large extents (e.g. statewide) can yield very large results, and will dramatically
slow down this tool and you may get script errors. To alleviate this, use specific terms and search limits (you can
limit by geologic age and even specific stratigraphic units) and/or zoom to an area of interest.
- When zoomed out to scales smaller than 1:500,000 (larger areas), results are shown as points on the map. To highlight the
formation polygons, zoom in and rerun the query.
- Set off compound terms (e.g. "oolitic limestone") with quotes, and separate multiple terms with quotes for each term.
This tool is still in the development stage. We are working on improving the results speed, and adding other features
which can be queried (wells and other geologic features).