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Been here in Rural Alma, for years.Love the Flint Hills,and artifacts of this area.......
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Flint Hills

Address: Best seen on K-99 south of Alma
Alma, KS 66401


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Soaring and diving from hilltop to valley along one of the quiet country highways through the Flint Hills will quickly challenge your notions of prairie.  Flat?  Not here.  Empty?  Not if you look closely.
The Flint Hills were formed by the erosion of Permian-age limestones and shales. During the early part of the Permian Period (which lasted from about 286 to 245 million years ago) shallow seas covered much of the state, as they did during Pennsylvanian times. Unlike the Pennsylvanian limestones to the east, however, many of the limestones in the Flint Hills contain numerous bands of chert, or flint. Because chert is much less soluble than the limestone around it, the weathering of the limestone has left behind a clayey soil full of cherty gravel. Most of the hilltops in this region are capped with this cherty gravel.  Because of the cherty soil, the land is better suited to ranching than farming. Because of this, the Flint Hills is still largely native prairie grassland, one of the last great preserves of tallgrass prairie in the country.  The tall grasses in this region are mostly big and little bluestem, switch grass, and Indian grass. Except along stream and river bottoms, trees are rare. The streams in the Flint Hills have cut deep precipitous channels. Streams cut in chert-bearing strata are narrow, boxlike channels, whereas those cut in weaker shales are wider, more gently sloping valleys.
The continent's largest remaining tract of tallgrass is also one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history.  The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors.

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City of Alma
326 Missouri - PO Box 444
Alma, KS 66401
Phone: 785.765.3922
Fax: 785.765.2263
Wabaunsee County Economic Development
226 Missouri - P.O. Box 5
Alma, KS 66401
Phone: 785.765.4655
Fax: 785.765.2655
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