Prospecting for Coal Bed Uranium in Kansas Through The Use of ArcGIS and Uranium Proxies


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Prospecting for Coal Bed Uranium in Kansas Through the Use of ArcGIS and Uranium Proxies is a well-researched earth sciences Master’s Thesis topic for final year students and undergraduates, it is to be used as a guide or framework for your Academic Research.



The potential implications for the discovery of coal bed uranium in Kansas not only have a significant scientific and human health interest impact, but also a possible future economic one as well.

This study sought to look for coal bed uranium within the Cretaceous Dakota Formation located in north-central of Kansas. This study utilized the two coal bed uranium proxies of historic sub-bituminous coal production and radon, and ArcGIS to produce a field-site selection map.

This map was used to pick counties within Kansas to collect samples from. Once samples were collected, they were scanned for radiation using all available settings on two Geiger counter units at Fort Hays State University. Samples collected from all field sites within Cloud, Republic, Jewell, and Pottawatomie counties tested negative for uranium, thorium, and other radioactive materials.



This project focuses on investigating the potential existence of coal bed uranium in Kansas. The objective is to find out if coal samples that were field-collected according to ArcGIS site selection had any uranium, thus indicating the presence of coal bed uranium in north-central Kansas.

There has been little work in investigating the potential presence of coal bed uranium in Kansas, and the value of the knowledge as to whether it is present in Kansas or not warrants further investigation.

As a resource, uranium has uses in the energy, medical, food-processing, and military sectors. The potential implications for the discovery of coal bed uranium in Kansas not only have a significant scientific impact but also economic ones as well. The harvesting and refining of commercial or weapons-grade uranium is a profitable economic venture that has led to the development of companies specializing in the extraction of uranium.

If coal bed uranium was discovered in commercial amounts in Kansas, it could lead to an economic boost for the state.

Utilizing potential coal bed uranium stores in the state could also be a source for
job creation within the state of Kansas. In the current economic situation, job creation and an economic boost could significantly improve the finances of the state of Kansas overall.

In addition to its commercial uses, naturally occurring uranium can be a source of
environmental safety and health concerns. Uranium can be dangerous to humans through the release of radiation and radioactive elements as it degrades. Radon, a radioactive element that is produced by radioactive elements such as uranium and thorium as they decay, is linked with a heightened risk of lung cancer in humans (Field et al., 2000; Lyle, 2007).

Even from a health and public safety interest standpoint, knowing if coal bed uranium is present in the state of Kansas and in what amounts is an important topic in taking precautions in building and zoning for residential areas.

As such, this study has a potential impact on the health and safety of the entire population of the state of Kansas. For these reasons, identifying its presence in an area is of great importance.


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