MAPPING THE MORGANTOWN NORTH AND SOUTH 7.5-MINUTE QUADRANGLES IN PREPARATION FOR GROWTH
Several geologic hazards are common in the Morgantown area including landslides, coal mine subsidence, flooding, and unstable Pleistocene lacustrine deposits. Booming construction, the proliferation of impervious surfaces, and poorly planned or inadequate infrastructure, coupled with recent periods of heavy precipitation, have generated an increased incidence of some hazards.
Previous geologic mapping of the area occurred in the early 1900s at a scale of 1:62,500 as part of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Surveys County Report Series. In the 1960s, the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey provided support for student mapping of a few 1:24,000 quadrangles in the area, which are available as open-file reports. Since the 1960s, much geologic and remotely-sensed data has been collected in the area. Also, new, re-projected 7.5-minute topographic maps have been published by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The West Virginia State Mapping Plan includes provisions to produce modern geologic mapping along the interstate highway corridors. To address this need, the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, supported by the STATEMAP Program, is conducting geologic mapping along the growing parts of these corridors, beginning in the Morgantown area.