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Kansas Geological Description

The area of Kansas is 82,080 square miles. Speaking broadly, the surface is an undulating plain, rising gradually from an elevation of 700 or 800 feet at its eastern boundary to 3,000 or 4,000 feet at its western boundary. On the east, the Missouri River flows in a broad bottom land, which is limited by bluffs 200 feet in height. The streams in the northeastern part of the State are also lined by bluffs of considerable height. In the southwest many of the branches of the Cimarron River have cut courses which may almost be denominated gorges from their depth and abruptness, and in the central-western portion of the State, considerable relief has been produced by the erosion of the streams.

The slope of Kansas being in a general way from west to east, the course of the streams is necessarily in the same direction. The State is drained by westward tributaries of the Mississippi River, the Missouri, Arkansas, and their branches. The Missouri River forms the northern part of the eastern boundary of the State.

Alexander, KS - Post Rock Fence

Alexander, KS - Post Rock Fence

Argonia, KS - Canola Farm

Argonia, KS - Canola Farm

Augusta, KS - Sunrise

Augusta, KS - Sunrise

Baxter Springs, KS - Rainbow Bridge - 2

Baxter Springs, KS - Rainbow Bridge - 2

Black Jack, KS - Prairie Preserve

Black Jack, KS - Prairie Preserve

Brookville, KS - Barn

Brookville, KS - Barn

Caldwell, KS - Chisholm Trail

Caldwell, KS - Chisholm Trail

Cedar Bluff Lake, KS - Edge

Cedar Bluff Lake, KS - Edge

Climax, KS - Fall River

Climax, KS - Fall River

Clinton, KS - Clinton Lake

Clinton, KS - Clinton Lake

Council Grove, KS - Neosho River Crossing

Council Grove, KS - Neosho River Crossing

Elk Falls, KS - Elk River Falls

Elk Falls, KS - Elk River Falls

Eureka, KS - Flint Hills

Eureka, KS - Flint Hills

Eureka, KS - Flint Hills

Eureka, KS - Flint Hills

Flint Hills, KS - Cowboys

Flint Hills, KS - Cowboys

Fort Larned, KS - Santa Fe Trail Center - Display

Fort Larned, KS - Santa Fe Trail Center - Display

Fort Scott, KS - Barn & Silo

Fort Scott, KS - Barn & Silo

Goddard, KS - Lake Afton

Goddard, KS - Lake Afton

Goddard, KS - Lake Afton Dam

Goddard, KS - Lake Afton Dam

Gove County, KS - Landscape

Gove County, KS - Landscape