The Ozark Plateau, located in the very southeastern corner of Kansas, is characterized by rolling hills and forests. Occupying only 55 square miles in Cherokee County, this is the smallest physiographic region in the state. Soil The soils on the steep slopes of the area are moist, but they are also thin, rocky, acidic,Continue reading “Ozark Plateau”
The Osage Cuestas (pronounced Kwestas), encompassing nearly all of eastern Kansas south of the Kansas River, are a region of hills and ridges, steep on one side and gently sloping on the other. Because the Osage Cuestas cover so much area, there is plenty of variation in the terrain, though not as much topographical reliefContinue reading “Osage Cuestas”
Historically a region of shortgrass prairie, the High Plains now hosts an extensive system of irrigated agriculture.
The Glaciated Region occupies the northeastern corner of Kansas and is roughly bordered by the Kansas River on the south and the Big Blue on the west. Geologists named the area based on a theory that two glaciers once covered the landscape and shaped the terrain. Rocky hills and wide valleys with accompanying floodplains provideContinue reading “Glaciated Region”
If you’ve lived in Kansas for any length of time, you’ve heard of the Flint Hills, the largest remaining tallgrass prairie on the continent. 4.5 million acres of bluestem pastures and rolling hills about two counties wide stretch from Cowley County in the south to Marshall County in the north. Many Kansans (and non-Kansans, too!)Continue reading “Flint Hills”
The Cherokee Lowlands occupy roughly 1,000 square miles in parts of Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette counties in the southeastern part of the state. Overall, the region is one of mostly level plains, although a few hills rise up here and there. These plains are cut by narrow valleys and by ditches left over fromContinue reading “Cherokee Lowlands”
The Chautauqua Hills run in a narrow band (ten miles wide at most) from the Kansas–Oklahoma line up to about Yates Center. Rolling uplands mark the region, and the Verdigris, Fall, and Elk rivers flow at the bottoms of the slopes. Soil A thin layer of dry, sandy soil covers shale and sandstone acrossContinue reading “Chautauqua Hills”
This sandy floodplain is a unique ecosystem, but one which challenges farmers to the utmost.