Kentucky’s Online Geologic Map and Information System
Weisenfluh, G.A., Curl, D.C., and Crawford, M.M.
Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Online oil and gas information for Kentucky has been the most frequently used data service on the KGS Web site. Anecdotal reports indicate that petroleum companies are increasingly relying on the easily accessible well and geophysical log reports. This year, with the completion of a project to digitize all of the state’s 1:24,000-scale geologic maps, KGS is developing a geologic map service to complement their tabular databases. The new service will integrate geologic maps, including rock units, faults, structure contours, and economic beds, with well data and other locations for measured sections, samples, and photographs.
The Web service will allow users to construct a highly customized map of geologic, energy, mineral, and environmental themes. Derivative classifications of rock units, such as dominant lithology or karst potential, will be provided as an alternative to stratigraphic symbolization. A bookmark function will store the extent and layout of a particular map so that users can recall it at a later time. The Web map also has query tools that retrieve descriptions of rock units, as well as a variety of economic, geotechnical, hydrologic, and energy-related subjects. Databases of publications, wells, and analyses can be searched to find additional data that pertain to the map view.