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Surprisingly, Not Flat

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A lot of people who travel through Kansas say that Kansas is "flat as a pancake" and nothing more than a "fly-by zone". Well, those of us that live here know better.  In actuality, Kansas slopes more than 4000 feet along the Colorado border to 700 feet on the Missouri line. If a traveler will only venture off of I-70, the state has much to offer in scenic beauty, rich history, and terrific people.  Here are just a few pictures of the amazingly "unflat" Kansas.

 

Scenic Views From Kansas

 

Monument Rocks, Kansas

Monument Rocks, Kathy Weiser, April, 2009.

 

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Chalk Badlands in Logan County, Kansas.  Photo courtesy  Kansas Geological Survey

 

 

 

 

Rock formations such as those above were formed by wind and water over millions of years.  Embedded in the chalk formations are marine fossils, the remains of tiny creatures that lived in the Permian Sea, which covered the midwest 250 million years ago.

 

 

 

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Loess Canyon, Cheyenne County, Kansas.  Photo courtesy Kansas Geological Survey.

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Natural Bridge in Barber County, Kansas.  Photo courtesy Kansas Geological Survey.

 

Kansas History

Dodge City Kansas 1874

Dodge City in 1874, courtesy Ford County Historical Society

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Fort Leavenworth, the first settlement in Kansas Territory, photo courtesy Wichita State University.

Kansas Lakes

 

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Clark County Lake, photo courtesy Kansas Geological Survey

 

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Douglas County Lake, photo courtesy Kansas Geological Survey

 

Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated September, 2016.

 

 

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