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Kansas High Point – Mount Sunflower
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Mount Sunflower was designated the Kansas high point in 1961. The elevation was officially plotted at 4,039 feet by a United States Geological Survey. It is located in Wallace County, on the Harold family ranch just east of the Kansas-Colorado border. The lofty summit (if you can really call it that!) is more than 3,300 feet above the state's topographic low point in Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas. According to the Kansas Geological Survey, much of Mount Sunflower's formation is due to the uplift of the Rocky Mountains during the Cretaceous period of geologic time approximately 80 million years ago.
A common definition of a mountain is “a natural elevation of the earth's surface rising more or less abruptly to a summit”. One need only glance at the surrounding landscape to see that Mount Sunflower is not a mountain at all but is better described as High Plains prairie landscape.
Be prepared to drive long distances on gravel roads to reach this special place. There are no restroom facilities nearby, though the landowners have graciously provided a covered picnic area. There is no admission fee to visit Mount Sunflower. You may encounter cattle during your visit; they are harmless and this is their home. Please remember that you are a guest on private property when visiting and be respectful of the area at all times.
In order to claim this EarthCache, you must complete each of these tasks.
Please read carefully.
Although not required, feel free to post a picture of yourself and/or your party with your log if you have a picture you like.
- Determine the change in elevation from the beginning of the “final approach” to the top of Mount Sunflower. With your GPSr, take a measurement of the elevation at the final turn on your way "up" to Mount Sunflower. Subtract this measurement from Mount Sunflower's elevation.
- Please also answer the following: Mount Sunflower was designated as the Kansas high point in what year? What geological process caused the formation of Mount Sunflower?
- Click on the link with my geocaching name at the top of this page and email me the answers to the questions above. Do not post your answers with your log entry, even if encrypted.
EarthCaches are for those who love the outdoors and want to learn about the geology of our planet.
The treasure you find is in the lessons you learn.
Information for the development of this EarthCache came from the websites for the Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas; and the Wallace County Economic Development Alliance.
I would like to thank the Harold family for granting permission for this EarthCache. While in the area, don't forget to complete the virtual cache, Mount Sunflower Conquest, GC2A76.
This EarthCache was approved by the Geological Society of America
Congratulations to Pullings for being First to Find!
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Last Updated: on 11/25/2017 6:04:24 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:04 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum