A KARST FEATURE PREDICTABILITY MODEL WITHIN BARBER COUNTY, KANSAS
This karst feature predictability model encompasses the use of the ESRI ArcGIS software platform. The data for this model consists of a topographic wetness index, slope and aspect, nearest neighbor elevation, Normalized Density Vegetation Index (NDVI), land cover/land use, distance to geomorphic features and subsurface geology. Other software platforms will be used in the creation of this model as needed such as MicroDEM, SAGA GIS and ENVI for imagery analysis. To test the relationship of geology to karst formation, rock samples were collected from various features to document the lithology and perform petrographic analyses. On these properties, the geologic contact between the Permian Medicine Lodge Gypsum and Flowerpot Shale appears to be a control on the formation of karst features, and may play an important role in predicting the location of unknown features.