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Through a variety of free resources, the Kentucky Geological Survey is attempting to help students better understand the place where they live and to learn to KnowKentucky. In an effort to reach out to teachers across the state, KGS has launched a Maps-to-Teachers service. Teachers may request free copies of maps, posters, PowerPoints, reports, and other resources for their classrooms by contacting Dan Carey,, at KGS.

The poster GIS in Kentucky illustrates the use of geographic information systems in mapping Kentucky. Generalized Geologic County Maps  are now available for all Kentucky counties, complemented by a PowerPoint Maps Tell Us About Where We Live. The poster Kentucky Landscapes Through Geologic Time shows how the sedimentary rocks that are the foundation of Kentucky were formed when Kentucky lay beneath equatorial seas hundreds of millions of years ago. Geologic Hazards in Kentucky  shows the type and extent of geologic hazards in the state. Kentucky Terrain  shows the regions of Kentucky. River Basin Maps, large-scale maps of the 7 major Kentucky river basins, help students better understand our water resources and the need to protect them. The purpose of all the resources is to help students and the general public better understand the geology of the place where they live and how the rocks that form the land may affect human activities. All maps are illustrated with photos and diagrams, and supplemented with text to explain geologic issues.

A Brief History of Earth, 100-slide PowerPoint,may also be downloaded here:

   More map and PowerPoint resources will be added from time to time, check back.

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