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Department of Geosciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Tomanek Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
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Department of Geosciences - Education and Research Resources

FHSU Resources  |  Geosciences |  GIS Data  | Remote Sensing Teachers | Funding

 FHSU Resources

Kansas Geographic Alliance Resource Center - The Kansas Geographic Alliance resource center.

 FHSU Undergraduate Research Experience -  Research opportunities for enrolled undergraduate degree-seeking students of FHSU. 


 Geosciences Resources

American Association of Petroleum Geologists - AAPG provides members and students with a foundation of publications, both printed and electronic, that provide the latest in ideas, case studies, information and news, as well as a number of professional opportunities. The association also subsidizes learning programs, and offers discounted and supportive programs.

Association of American Geographers  

 Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Collections -  This search engines enables students to explore to Yale collections, with everything from Botany, GNIS Database and Paleontology.  There is also a form to request specimens for loan and examination.

Geosciences Society Journals - A major collaboration among 22 geoscience society and non-profit publishers to bring their journals online is now available at For the first time, the full-text of 30 leading geoscience journals is available electronically; linked, fully searchable, and fully integrated with the most current version of AGI's GeoRef. You'll find links between all the GSW journals, plus other journals at HighWire Press (such as Science and the Journal of Petrology), along with GeoRef, ISI, CrossRef, and Medline links.


Geological Society of America 

Kansas Geological Foundation - The Kansas Geological Foundation has Videotapes, DVD's and CD's to loan free of charge (the only cost to you is that of returning them to the library). Click on Videotape Library to see listing of items available.

Kansas Geological Society

Kansas Geological Survey

Kansas Water Office

Oceans of Kansas - Although Kansas is now high and dry, at one time the state, like most of the Midwest, was under water. Until the land finally rose above sea level during the final years of the time known as the Late Cretaceous, the area was covered by a succession of oceans whose geologic record is preserved in the sedimentary rock that covers the Great Plains. "Oceans of Kansas" tells the story of the five million years when giant sharks, marine reptiles called mosasaurs, pteranodons, and birds with teeth flourished in and around this shallow sea. The abundant and well-preserved remains of these prehistoric animals were the source of great excitement in the scientific community of the day when they were first discovered in the 1860s. Two of the best-known fossil hunters of the time, E. D. Cope and O. C. Marsh, competed vigorously to recover the best specimens. During the past 130 years, thousands have been collected and sent to museums around the world.

National Science Foundation - The The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Paleogeography and Geologic Evolution of North America - Images showing the paleogeography of North America over the last 550 million years of geologic history. The 40 images shown here are selected from a suite of approximately 100 maps that are in time slices mostly 5-10 million years apart. Individual paleogeographic and tectonic elements can be followed and intuitively related from time slice to adjacent time slice. The maps were prepared with the core of North America (Laurentia) fixed. All other tectonic elements are shown moving against or splitting away from Laurentia, thus showing clearly accretionary and rifting events in North America's geologic history. The views were prepared by wrapping a rectangular outline map on a sphere and viewing the globe rotated to 35° N and 100° W. Various stratigraphic, tectonic, and sedimentologic data were added to the map. Topography was "cloned" from digital elevation maps of modern Earth from the USGS, NOAA, and other sources. Colors were adjusted to portray climate and vegetation for the given time and location. The geologic data were gathered from the references listed at the web site.

U.S. Geological Survey

Woods Hole Oceanography Institute


Cartography Resources

Surveying information
The Map Projection Home Page

The Mathematics of Cartography



Maps & Images

The Great Globe Gallery
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
The Map Machine at the National Geographic Society
World Time Page 
The CIA Factbook 
Internet Atlas and Time Zone Server 
Sky Calendar 
The Map Store's FREE MAP page
Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions
Clark Labs Geographic Analysis and Image Processing Software 
Digital Globe
 Hurricane Katrina Aerial Photographs  



Remote Sensing Resources

Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) 
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) 



  GIS Information & Data Resources

GIS Dictionary
 GIS Frequently Asked Questions
 GIS home page at USGS
GeoPlace (includes GIS World) 
 GeoSearch, Inc. 
GIS net sites
Geographic Resource Analysis Support System (GRASS)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis 
US Census TIGER Products 
The Conservation GIS Consortium
NOAA - National Geophysical Data Center 
USGS National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse 
GIS data sets available from the UN Environmental Programme 
Federal Geographic Data Committee 
U. S. Geological Survey 
GIS Data Depot

 State of Kansas Geographic Information Systems Initiative's Data Access & Support Center


Global Positioning System (GPS)


Global Positioning System overview
Trimble Navigation Limited (GPS manufacturer)
Eagle Electronics (GPS manufacturer)
The GPS Store



Teachers and Students - Interactive and Educational Game Sites

School Teacher's Zone

GeoNet Game 
National Geographic Kids 
Interactive Evolutionary Timescale - This interactive flash animation illustrates one aspect of evolutionary theory. To view the changes over time use your mouse to drag the red triangle.


Funding Opportunities

 Scholarships, KGF - The Kansas Geological Foundation offers a $500.00 scholarship each semester to college Juniors and Seniors majoring in geology. Masters and Doctorate candidates are also eligible. The spring deadline for applications is December 1, 2005. Applications are available in the Geosciences office in Tomanek Hall 233 or on line at, under the Student Financial Assistance link.

NSF Geoscience Education - The National Science Foundation Geoscience Education Program (GeoEd) considers proposals submitted under one of two tracks: Track 1 Pilot Projects or Track 2 Integrative Collaborations. Proposals due Nov. 17, 2005 or Nov. 15, 2007. For more information visit the National Science Foundation or

Horace Mann Funding for Educators - For the past three years, the Horace Mann Companies, a national insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs, have offered scholarships totaling $30,000 to help educators continue their education. The 2005 year's program will offer thirty-six awards, including one $5,000 award payable over four years, fifteen $1,000 awards payable over two years, and twenty one-time $500 awards. To be eligible, an applicant must be an educator employed by a U.S. public or private school district or U.S. public or private college/university and planning to take classes at a two- or four-year accredited college or university. The applicant must have a minimum of two years' teaching experience.


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