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Kansas Kaleidoscope - April 1999

(Volume 2, Number 7)

A fun magazine for kids!

Kansas Kaleidoscope, April 1999 Kansas Geography

The Kansas landscape is as varied as the more than 2.5 million people who live here.

The Kansas Landscape

The 14th largest state in the country, Kansas has a huge surface area - a total of more than 50 million acres. Look for the eleven different regions on the map:

  • Ozark Plateau
  • Cherokee Lowlands
  • Osage Cuesta
  • Glaciated Region
  • Flint Hills
  • Smoky Hills
  • High Plains
  • Arkansas River Lowlands
  • Red Hills
  • Wellington-McPherson Lowlands
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Southeast Kansas: A Coal Mining Heritage

You have probably read about the coal mines of West Virginia, but did you know that coal also is mined in Kansas?

Do you know how your town got its name?

The names of the cities and town of Kansas, as well as the roads and streets within them, all tell us something about their unique histories.

The Name Game

Match the names of Kansas towns with their geographical features.

A Ride with the Wind

"Everybody thinks Kansas is flat: it's not flat at all," said Jason Cole about his bicycle ride across Kansas last summer.

Preserving the Prairie

Kansas harbors one of the our country's most precious natural resources - native prairie. The Flint Hills region is one of the few remaining locations in the United States where great stretches of unplowed grassland remain.

Rain, rain. . .come again

The climate in Kansas varies greatly from region to region. If you live in southeast Kansas, where the elevation is the lowest in the state, you might have 40 inches of rain each year. In northwest Kansas you might receive less than 20 inches.

Rivers in Kansas

Look on a map of Kansas and you will see that the state's large streams empty into either the Arkansas River or the Kansas River.

Quick Facts on Kansas Geography

Kansas is shaped like a rectangle with a "bite" out of the upper right corner where the Missouri River forms the border of the state.