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City's interactive map aids developers, businesses, and residents

Oct. 28, 2009

Yost Zackhary is Woodway's City manager. Woodway hired Baylor University to create a geological map of the city.

The research was then made part of an interactive map available online. It's one of the first of it's kind, and a powerful tool for those looking to build or buy property in the area. Dr. Yelderman is a geology professor at Baylor, and he headed up the Baylor service project.

Areas that include Woodway and part of Waco have a geological condition where a bed of limestone sits on top of a bed of shale. The shale expands and contracts making the limestone above unstable. This causes a slump, or a sliding of rock. This kind of erosion is natural and occurs slowly.

Many of the homes and buildings affected by this geological change in landscape have been identified, but a major renovation or change to a home or business site may need city consultation.

This story and a link to the interactive map is available online at KWBU.org. For KWBU news I'm Jacqueline Deavenport.

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