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Flint Hills
2013-04-19 14:38:33

The Flint Hills, known historically as Bluestern Pastures or Blue Stem Hills, are a group of hills located in eastern Kansas reaching into north central Oklahoma, extending from Marshall County and Washington County in Kansas in the north to Cowley County, Kansas and Osage and Kay counties in Oklahoma towards the south. The people of Oklahoma usually refer to the same geologic formation as the...

Steven Hawley
2012-10-22 10:43:54

Steven Hawley is a former NASA astronaut. He was born Steven Alan Hawley on December 12, 1951 in Ottawa, Kansas. He graduated from Salina High School Central in Salina, Kansas in 1969 and continued on to The University of Kansas, where he received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics and astronomy. After graduating with the highest distinction of his class and spending summers as a research...

A Cold Front On The Weather Map
2012-06-18 21:09:52

Looking at our weather map above we can see a cold front moving through the states of Oklahoma and Kansas. The major thing about a cold front is the weather it can bring with it. The eastern side of the cold front provides two chances to receive precipitation. The first one is known as a squall line which usually forms some 50-150 miles ahead of the cold front. The squall line can be...

2012-06-14 10:51:23

Symbol: SAAM4 Group: Monocot Family: Alismataceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:KS, MO, OK Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision  ...

2012-06-14 13:59:55

Symbol: PEKA8 Group: Lichen Family: Lichinaceae Growth Habit: Lichenous Native Status: NA    N Synonyms:   OMKA Omphalaria kansana Tuck. Classification:       Kingdom   Fungi – Fungi Division   Ascomycota – Sac fungi Class   Ascomycetes Order   Lichinales Family   Lichinaceae Genus   Peccania A....

Claosaurus
2009-08-18 22:44:11

Claosaurus, meaning "˜broken lizard', is a genus of hadrosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (Santonian age). It got its name due to the odd display of its fossils in the bone bed, which appeared to be broken. It was first discovered near the Smokey Hill River in Kansas, USA in 1872. It was originally named Hadrosaurus agilis in 1872, but was changed to Claosaurus agilis in 1890...

Texas Garter Snake
2007-02-18 16:03:13

The Texas Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis annectens, is a subspecies of the common garter snake. It is found largely in eastern and central Texas, with a small population in Kansas. They are earthly and generally found in dry, lightly wooded areas. The Texas Garter Snake is commonly mistaken for other garter snake species. They have a greenish-black body with a distinctive bright orange or...

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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