This is the lowest spot in Kentucky and it is 90 feet below sea level

Anita Durairaj

The lowest spot in Kentucky is located in Livingston County according to the Kentucky Geological Network. It is the bottom of Vulcan Materials' limestone quarry and it is the lowest point in the Commonwealth at -90.3 feet below the mean sea level.

Vulcan Materials is a construction materials company based in Birmingham, Alabama. They are the largest producers of materials such as gravel, crushed stone, and sand. In the late 1980s, the company acquired Reed Crushed Stone near Kentucky.

Their limestone quarry, the Reed Mine in Western Kentucky represents the lowest place on the surface of Kentucky.

In a quarry, rocks, sands, and minerals are extracted from the surface of the Earth. Kentucky has many limestone quarries. A quarry is usually open to the Earth's surface and is called an open-pit mine.

In Kentucky, many of the limestone quarries are limestone mines that are operated underground. They are an important natural resource in the state. Commercial quality limestone makes up 13% of Kentucky's geological units.

While the lowest spot in Kentucky is considered to be the bottom of a limestone quarry, the lowest elevation in Kentucky is at the Mississippi River in Fulton County which is 257 feet above sea level. Contrast this with Kentucky's highest elevation which is Black Mountain at 4,139 feet above sea level. The mean elevation in the state is 750 feet.

It is interesting to note that the lowest surface in Kentucky is below sea level but the lowest elevation is actually above sea level.

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