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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Feb. 7, 2002

Color Poster of Prairie Preserve Now Available

LAWRENCE--A new, full-color poster featuring the geology of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Kansas Flint Hills is now available from the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

The poster is also available at the gift shop at the preserve's headquarters north of Strong City.

The poster includes a full-color geologic map of the preserve. Geologic maps show the age and type of rock at the earth's surface. A description of the preserve's geology was written by retired Survey geologist Daniel Merriam.

The poster also includes color photographs of various locations and wildflowers on the preserve, and a reproduction of a watercolor of the burning prairie by Lawrence artist Louis Copt.

"The preserve is in the heart of the Flint Hills," said Merriam. "The landscape and the history of the preserve uniquely reflect the area's geology. The flinty limestones make this land difficult to cultivate, so that the prairie has been preserved and remains in native grass. Because of the direct relationship between the geology and the land's use, this poster of the preserve is especially appropriate."

Copies of the poster are available from the Survey (1930 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS 66047-3726) or by calling 785-864-3965. They are also available at the preserve gift shop at 620-273-8139.

Story by Rex Buchanan, (785) 864-2106

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach