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”
Many agree that, with its wide vistas, gorgeous sunsets, and perennial display of wildflowers, the Flint Hills region is one of the most beautiful places in Kansas.
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 across mostContinue reading “Chautauqua Hills”
This sandy floodplain is a unique ecosystem, but one which challenges farmers to the utmost.