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We conduct integrated earth resource evaluation that incorporates sustainable economic vitality and environmental and public health protection.

GeoSTRAT – Geosciences Technical Resource Assessment Tool

GeoSTRAT Find locations of springs, mines, sinkholes and more using the Missouri Geosciences Technical Resource Assessment Tool.  GeoSTRAT is a Web application that makes geologic and hydrologic data readily available for public use.  GeoSTRAT enables users to easily visualize and explore geospatial data using an interactive map.  Data also can be downloaded in formats compatible with a variety of free and commercial mapping software.  GeoSTRAT can be used in the office or in the field.


Oil and Gas Permits Database

Oil and Gas PermitsAccess the oil and gas database to locate permits for more than 12,000 wells.  Well status includes under construction, active, inactive, plugged and abandoned. The Missouri Geological Survey is responsible, in part, for activities associated with the exploration, production and subsurface storage of oil and gas in Missouri.  A portion of these responsibilities include reviewing, approving and maintaining applications to drill oil and gas production wells, underground injection control wells (enhanced oil recovery, disposal and hydrocarbon storage wells).


Educational Outreach – The work of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources teaches environmental stewardship and wise use of our precious natural resources through a broad understanding and appreciation for Missouri’s natural, cultural and energy resources.  Visit our educational outreach page to learn about our activities and watch some of our educational videos and consider a trip to our museum. Learn about careers in geology – watch this short, informative video!


Earthquake Exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum

Earthquake Exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum Check out this new video tour of the earthquake exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum.  The museum is located at No. 1 South Main Street, in New Madrid, Mo.


Sinkhole Collapse

Sinkholes in Missouri Sinkholes are depressed or collapsed areas formed by dissolution of carbonate bedrock or collapse of underlying caves. They range in size from several square yards to hundreds of acres and may be very shallow or hundreds of feet deep. Sinkholes are part of what is called “karst” topography, which also includes caves, spring and losing streams. We provide assistance to the citizens of Missouri by evaluating the causes and impacts of sinkhole formation and collapse.  Geologists perform geologic and hydrologic evaluation to determine if collapse is attributed to a natural karst feature or is associated with the failure of a man-made feature.  Learn more.


Earthquakes in the past seven days


Search for Well or Pump Installation Contractors


Bill DuleyBill Duley, former Assistant State Geologist and Deputy Director, encourages citizens to loan the department historic maps of abandoned underground coal mines. As part of a continuing effort to protect citizens and expand its existing database of abandoned underground coal mines, maps will be scanned, entered in to the database and returned to owners. Read more and watch our YouTube video featuring Bill as Miner Gus.


U.S. Geological Survey Director recognizes importance of State Geological SurveysFormer USGS Director Marcia McNutt made statement of support for state geological surveys – Cites 130 year partnership that has helped the Nation and states address future economic, sociological, environmental and resource challenges now and for generations to come.

Popular Rock and Mineral sets donated by Hutcheson Ford to Steelville Middle School -- The Steelville School District recently received a rock-solid donation in which Butch Tucker, owner of Hutcheson Ford Sales in St. James, donated eight Missouri Rock and Mineral Sets. 


Traveling I-55, southbound?  Be sure to visit the Visit the Marston Welcome Center, located at exit 42.4 -- Missouri Geological Survey Deputy Director Jerry Prewett and other invited guests spoke during the May 24 ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of the facility.  The center highlights the great New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12 and the region's rich culture.                                                                                 News Archive


Ask a Geologist -- Email your question about Missouri geology!

The Geological Survey Program is organized into three sections that perform the following major functions:

Program Brochure | Museum | Publications


Missouri Geology BibliographyThe Missouri Geology Bibliography

This electronic bibliography brings together the nine books that comprise the Bibliography of the Geology of Missouri, published by the Missouri Geological Survey and its predecessor agencies from 1945 through 1972. ...more


Missouri Rock and Mineral SetBack by popular demand! Missouri Rock and Mineral Sets

Want to delight your favorite rock enthusiast?  If so, consider giving a Missouri Rock and Mineral Set. Accompanying the set is a 16-page, full-color booklet that describes each rock and mineral and its uses. To learn more about this set and other educational items, visit the publications desk in Rolla at 111 Fairgrounds Road or order online from the Missouri Geology Store. Also, download and print a "Build A Geologist" paper model.


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