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It is the mission of the Department of Geology to deliver excellence in teaching, research, and service so that our students are equipped with the knowledge to understand and predict how our planet works and to apply that knowledge to the key challenges facing society today: meeting demands for energy, mineral, water, and food, while responsibly managing our environment.

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Check out our e-Newsletter to keep up with recent events in the department. Some images of Department events and local geology are available in our Twitter feed and Instagram account.

Geology Seminar Schedule

Geology seminars are typically held on Thursdays from 4-5 pm in Thompson Hall room 213, unless otherwise noted. The schedule for the upcoming term is available here.

Geology Courses - Spring 2020 term

Detailed descriptions of Geology courses offered during the next term are available here.

New Geosciences Building

We are actively raising funds for a new geosciences facility. We are excited about the proposed facility, what it could mean for our ability to train future geoscientists, and the progress we have made so far! 

Some Recent Successes by Geology Faculty

Postdoc David Pompeani Publishes Article on Environmental Lead Contamination

The article details Pompeani's recent research that indicates that environmental lead contamination from prehistoric metalworking can be detected in North America for thousands of years. Link to the article found here: https://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement/?id=60495

Geology Professor Brice Lacroix Receives Grant from American Chemical Society for Arbuckle Mountain Study

The Arbuckle Mountains expose 450-million-year-old carbonate rocks from the Arbuckle group, a natural hydrocarbon reservoir that occurs deep in the subsurface in Kansas and parts of Oklahoma. In addition to hydrocarbon extraction, the reservoir is also used to dispose of the wastewater produced during the hydrocarbon extraction process.

The purpose of this research is to better understand the timing and conditions of past fluid-flow that occurred along faults through the Arbuckle group rocks, which would have potentially altered them. Such alteration can affect key rock characteristics such as porosity and permeability.

Lacroix will apply the latest thermochronometry techniques — such as ∆47/U-Pb — that he is currently developing in collaboration with colleagues in Switzerland and France. A better understanding of the fault behaviors and their relationship with fluid flow are important to better understand this natural disposal water reservoir and its link with induced seismicity.

Assistant Professor of Geology to Participate In Drilling of the Ocean Floor

Karin Goldberg, assistant professor of geology, has been invited to participate as a sedimentologist on the International Ocean Discovery Program Equatorial Atlantic Gateway Expedition (388) aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution.

The expedition, scheduled for summer 2020, will study the tectonic, climatic and biotic evolution of the Equatorial Atlantic Gateway at three sites on the northeastern Brazilian continental shelf. This expedition will constrain the long-term interactions between tectonics, oceanography, ocean biogeochemistry and climate, and the functioning of tropical ecosystems and climate during intervals of extreme warmth.

Kansas State University Geologist Aida Farough Explores the Depths of the Oceans

K-State News features the work of Aida Farough, a Kansas State University teaching assistant professor of geology, has spent weeks at sea on research vessels while she studies the ocean floor, underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents. Faraough recently returned from three weeks on the research vessel Atlantis in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.