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Site Research Part 3: Flint Hills Maps

March 9, 2011
Flint Hills Riverbottom

Landsape Condition: Alluvial Flats (drawing by Lavender Tessmer)

The cultivated land in the alluvial flats, as a repository of the water-eroded eroded sediments of the hills, has attracted the majority of human settlements. Currently, the flats in and near the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve are connected by a series of roads and highways that follow the low topography and water.

Flint Hills Prairie Uplands

Flint Hills Prairie Uplands (drawing by Lavender Tessmer)

Almost completely uninhabited, the areas of the grassland are connected by roads and paths that follow the ridgelines of the topography, possibly identical to those used by Native Americans as they hunted for bison.

Early European Settlers who selected homesteads in the grassland, though the land itself was more plentiful, remained economically dependent on those who had chosen acreage in the bottomland, leasing the land to graze cattle instead of the cultivating it with crops.Flint Hills Grid

The 160-acre imposed grid that manages to ignore numerous other landscape conditions in the US is partially dissoved by the landscape of the Flint Hills. As seen from a satellite, the grid is evident in the divisions between crops in the bottomlands, but is only occasionally visible in the grassland as a division of land with a road or a fence.

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