Trails west and the Civil War in the Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas, region
Published:April 29, 2019
James S. Aber*, Susan W. Aber, 2019. "Trails west and the Civil War in the Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas, region", Exploring Extreme and Unusual Geology in the Stable Midcontinent: Field Excursions for the 2019 GSA South-Central, North-Central, and Rocky Mountain Sections Joint Meeting, Marcia K. Schulmeister, James S. Aber
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The Kansas City metropolitan region is a key geographic point in the exploration, settlement, and development of the United States. Several major pre-industrial trails originated from this vicinity, and the most important Civil War conflict west of the Mississippi, the Battle of Westport, took place here. Bedrock geology consists of Upper Pennsylvanian cyclothems that represent repeated marine transgressions and regressions over a shallow continental shelf and lowland. The modern landscape was shaped largely as a result of Pleistocene glaciation and related glacial meltwater drainage.
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Exploring Extreme and Unusual Geology in the Stable Midcontinent: Field Excursions for the 2019 GSA South-Central, North-Central, and Rocky Mountain Sections Joint Meeting
The flat-lying sedimentary strata of the North American midcontinent are typically thought of as uniform and predictable. However, midcontinent geology contains a record of exciting geologic events and processes. The papers in this volume examine four geologic phenomena associated with the continental interior: Pennsylvanian and Permian cyclothems, the origin of a massive Permian salt deposit, Cretaceous kimberlite intrusions, and Quaternary glacial geology. The guides cover processes and events that are unique to the geology of Kansas and highlight important economic and rich historical influences of these geologic features.