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Arkansas River Lowlands

Cheyenne Bottoms, Barton County The Arkansas River Lowlands are flat alluvial plains made of sand, silt, and gravel that was dumped by streams and rivers. At one time the river flooded during wet periods. Today much of the river is dry in certain times of the year since its waters are used faster than rains can replenish. Much of the sand dunes in the region are covered by vegetation today. The region was created from rocks deposited by the Arkansas River as the river flowed through Kansas from its source high in the Rocky Mountains over the years.

Interesting sites in these regions include Gypsum Creek, Sand Hills State Park, and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

Geographic regions of Kansas

Entry: Arkansas River Lowlands

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: July 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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