... The marsh covers nearly one thousand acres, more or less impregnated with saline matter. About one-third is entirely void of vegetation, which the brine will not allow to grow. It is perfectly level, and at the time of our first visit was as white... First Annual Report on the Geology of Kansas - Page 341866 - 56 pagesFull view
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Science - 1901
...perfectly level, and when first visited was as white as a wintry snow field, with a crust of crystallized salt. The marsh is of recent alluvial formation, composed...brought down by the wash from the high prairies, which gradually rise from three sides. The incrustation of salt is frequently three-eighths of an inch thick....