Landforms of the Central Plains and Prairie - Fine Art Print Map
The mid-continent lacks high mountains, but not variety. Really flat
lands are confined to narrow river flood plains, notably the Platte,
Missouri, Illinois, and Mississippi. Smooth outwash plains from Ohio
through Iowa and the Dakotas define the heart of the Farm Belt, but more
or less gently eroded sediments from the Rockies, Appalachians, and
Ouchita and Ozark highlands cover wide areas.
Sand Hills are windblown formations, the legacy of glacially-ground silt
exposed by retreating ice. Remnant flat areas of the Texas Panhandle
are an ancient limestone sea floor. Wisconsin’s Driftless Area was an
island surrounded but untouched by the most recent glacial advance.
This map covers the heart of the Central Mississippi Valley, from
the Black Hills in the northwest corner to the great bend of the
Tennessee River in Alabama. The map includes all of Nebraska, Kansas,
Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Also included are Southern
portions of South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and western Michigan as
well as easternmost Colorado and the Texas Panhandle, nearly all of
Oklahoma, Northern Arkansas and western Tennessee and Kentucky.
All map dimensions are approximate.