Frequently Asked Questions

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The Kansas District receives numerous inquiries, by phone or mail, from citizens attempting to obtain scientific information on a wide variety of subjects. While we always make every attempt to fill an information request, we also feel it is our responsibility to pass on to the appropriate person or agency any request that we are unable to handle directly. Listed under the "Results" are some frequently asked questions with answers to better guide you in obtaining appropriate information.

Where can I obtain information about recreational opportunities on Federal Lands?

  • Visit USGS Recreational
    •  Information on nature, boating, camping, climbing, fishing, hiking, and hunting

Where can I obtain USGS topographic maps or basin maps of Kansas?

  • Topographic and other USGS maps can be purchased from the USGS map outlet in Kansas located at the Kansas Geological Survey, call (785) 864-3965 for more information
  • You can also contact the USGS Earth Science Information Center at 1-888-275-8747 or visit the USGS Store to obtain topographic maps or information on maps directly

Where can I obtain aerial photos?

  • Contact the EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at (605) 594-6151 or visit: http://eros.usgs.gov/usa
  • You can also contact the USGS Earth Science Information Center at 1-888-275-8747 or visit the USGS Store to obtain more information

How do I find out about USGS benchmarks?

  • Visit National Geodetic Survey to obtain more information about benchmarks
  • You can also contact the USGS Mid-Continent Mapping Center in Rolla, Missouri at (573) 308-3500 or check out their website at: mcmcweb.er.usgs.gov

Where can I obtain earthquake and fault information?

Where can I obtain flood-plain maps?

Where can I obtain information about streamflow and flood predictions for streams in Kansas?

I am planning to go boating or canoeing, where can I get current boating or canoeing information?

Where can I find information on soils in Kansas?

Where can I obtain information about volcanoes?

How do I get information on wetlands?