There’s nothing quite like this region of rust-colored buttes, mesas, sinkholes, and caves to give a person a strange feeling that “we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
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, and…… 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 relief…… Continue reading Osage Cuestas
Across the western third of the state stretches a vast expanse of high tablelands, rolling hills, sand plains, and sometimes bare ground—the awesome High Plains of Kansas, the largest and highest region in the state. Do not be fooled into thinking that the High Plains are flat. Although the terrain is not as rugged as…… Continue reading High Plains
Rocky hills and wide valleys with accompanying floodplains provide a great deal of variation throughout the 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 1,000 square miles in Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette counties in southeastern Kansas.
The Chautauqua Hills run in a narrow band (ten miles wide at most) from the Kansas–Oklahoma line up to about Yates Center.
This sandy floodplain is a unique ecosystem, but one which challenges farmers to the utmost.