By Jason Ney
From Iowa's Decorah Ice Cave to the Kitty Todd Nature look after in Ohio, this quantity presents a picture of the main staggering and demanding average areas within the Midwestern United States.
• Illustrations depict 50 of the main precious landscapes within the Midwest
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Html. GIANT CITY STATE PARK W ith its towering sandstone bluffs and lush forests, Giant City State Park is typical of southern Illinois’s Greater Shawnee Hills. This rock-strewn terrain, covered with large fern communities, oak-hickory forests, and floodplain forests along Indian Creek, lies within Shawnee National Forest, just south of Carbondale. The 4,000-acre park includes the smaller Fern Rocks Nature Preserve within its boundaries. 16 America’s Natural Places: The Midwest The sandstone formations underlying Giant City were formed about 320 million years ago beneath an inland sea that once covered most of the state along with western Indiana and western Kentucky.
Encompassing more than 7,000 acres along the west bank of the Illinois River, about an Illinois 7 hour south of Peoria, the Emiquon reclamation is one of the nation’s largest such projects outside the Florida Everglades and the largest in the Midwest. It is seen as a cornerstone in the restoration of the wider Illinois River ecosystem and has been touted as a model for river floodplain restoration worldwide. Historically, the Illinois River floodplain included hundreds of backwater lakes that filled with floodwaters each spring.
And Lawrence M. Page. Some Unusual Natural Areas in Illinois. Urbana: Illinois Natural History Survey, 1977. Fliege, Stu. Tales & Trails of Illinois. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Hutchinson, Max D. ” Illinois 21 Unpublished report, Northern Research Station, Rhinelander, and the Shawnee Supervisor’s Office, Harrisburg, IL, 1987. ” Outdoor Illinois, May 1973. S. Forest Service. ” Northern Research Station. us/rna/il/shawnee/larue-pine-hills-otter-pond/. LITTLE GRAND CANYON AREA T he Little Grand Canyon hosts a mixture of semidesert, forest, cliff wall, and floodplain habitat that is unique in Illinois.
America's Natural Places: The Midwest by Jason Ney