... changed considerably within the last 80 years is shown by a comparison of its present appearance with published descriptions given in earlier years. Mudge (1864, pp. 33-35) described this marsh as follows: The valley here is wide, gradually rising... First Annual Report on the Geology of Kansas - Page 341866 - 56 pagesFull view
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Science - 1901
...gradually rising to the high prairies so common in that part of the state. The marsh covers nearly 1000 acres, more or less impregnated with saline matter....will not allow to grow. It is perfectly level, and when first visited was as white as a wintry snow field, with a crust of crystallized salt. The marsh...