THE GEOLOGIC SETTING OF GREATER KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI-KANSAS

The topography and surface features are described, the most prominent rock types are reviewed, and the economic resources are outlined of Pennsylvania rocks underlying greater Kansas City. The City is located at the Confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers and the most conspicous erosional features are northeast-trending escarpments. Glaciation is noted to have had an impressive role in the local landscape. The aggregate thickness of Pennsylvania rock is less than 900 feet at Kansas City and only 300-400 ft of this total is exposed. For the most part the rock section is composed of alternating limestone and shale, and its repetitious succession illustrates a feature referred to as cyclothem. Details are outlined of some of the 25 separable exposed rock units. The exploitation of the readily accessible high quality limestone has been important to the economic growth of Kansas City. Other local resources include sand, gravel, clay, shale, sandstone, oil, gas and water. A major economic resource is the open space created by extensive mining: a large volume of underground space is now utilized for storage, warehousing, manufacturing, offices, and a variety of other purposes.

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 9-23

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00130626
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM