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UK geologists develop unique set of maps to aid builders

Geologists at the University of Kentucky have developed a series of unique maps that will enable homeowners, developers and engineers to pinpoint underground trouble areas before starting construction.

Over the last three years, the Kentucky Geological Survey has worked on the color-coded maps for every county in the state — an initiative that’s a first nationally. The maps show types of soil, fault lines, elevation changes and sinkholes.

Dan Carey, geological survey hydrologist and the project’s chief manager, hopes the maps prevent people from building on top of sub-surface hazards.

A map of Fayette County is among 28 completed so far. An additional 20 are being created and 72 more are planned, Carey said. The maps are designed for the general public as opposed to scientists and engineers, Carey said.