Kentucky Geological Survey Research Data

Kentucky Geological Survey Landslide Inventory [2022-01]


Kentucky Geological Survey Landslide Inventory [2022-01]

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The KGS landslide inventory provides the locations of known landslides and areas susceptible to debris flows. Various types of landslides are represented including slides, flows, rockfalls, and creep. The data are available as ArcGIS geodatabase feature classes. Landslide locations and associated attributes are compiled from Kentucky Geological Survey research, published maps, state and local government agencies, the public, and media reports. A confidence ranking system assigns a value to each feature. A description of the feature classes is here:

The inventory viewed in a GIS with geology, soils, slope or other terrain-based data can serve as a basis for landslide hazard and risk assessment. It is not intended for site specific investigations. The point features represent larger landslide deposits that have not been mapped in detail and may fall within different parts of the slide area. The absence of landslides in an area does not infer that a landslide does not exist or that the ground is stable. A professional geologist or geotechnical engineer should be consulted for planned construction at identified landslide locations or identified landslide areas. A professional geologist or geotechnical engineer should also be consulted for slope stabilization and other mitigation efforts related to existing slides.

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© 2022 University of Kentucky

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Please see the Readme file.

File Format

Readme file: Text document (.txt)

Dataset file: ESRI ArcGIS geodatabase (.gdb)

File Size

Readme file: 8 KB

Dataset file: 6.5 MB



Spatial Coverage

Statewide across Kentucky

Temporal Coverage

1972 to 2021



Funding Information

Funding for this research was provided by the Kentucky Geological Survey.

Related Content

Crawford, M.M., 2014, Kentucky Geological Survey landslide inventory: From design to application, Kentucky Geological Survey Information Circular 31, Series 12, 18 p.,

Kentucky Geological Survey Map Service:

Landslides and Related Features Maps: These 7.5-minute quadrangle maps are U.S. Geological Survey Open File Reports and depict generalized slope-stability conditions as they existed at the time of field checking (1977 to 1979). They are available for most of southeastern and south-central Kentucky. These are preliminary maps and are suited for general planning purposes only. This data corresponds to the Derived from Aerial Photos and Areas Susceptible to Debris Flows feature classes in the inventory geodatabase.

Geologic Quadrangle Maps: U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute, 1:24,000-scale, geologic maps, This data corresponds to the Geologic Map Landslides file/feature class in the inventory geodatabase. The ESRI Map Package containing the digital 1:24,000 geologic map data for Kentucky available for download,

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Geotechnical Projects contribute to many records in the landslide inventory. The KYTC and KGS have partnered to provide the results of geotechnical investigations to the public. Landslide investigation reports are available, Project Type = Landslide


This is the updated version of Kentucky Geological Survey Landslide Inventory [2021-01]. This version has more records in one of the GIS files.

Kentucky Geological Survey Landslide Inventory [2022-01]