May 1, 2017, we drove from Cincinnati to Nebraska City, Nebraska. Crossing a large part of the Great plains. I learned that when I was told that the great plains are flat, they meant really, really flat. Unfortunately, a large portion of the area that we crossed was underwater because of flooding in large parts of Missouri and Nebraska. Over the course of the first day I observed a lot of interesting geological features, we traveled through large portions of shales and limestones formed in the Mississippian period near St. Louis as well as a large series of loess cliffs, that while not towering in height were large in extent, paralleling us as we traveled along I-70.
May 2 2017, we drove through Nebraska, on Route 26 and then Interstate 80. We observed sand hills that were a byproduct of glaciation throughout a large portion of Nebraska. While composed of sand these dunes are now covered in sparse vegetation and resemble, to me, the rolling hills of Appalachia. I was able to experience places that I have studied in class, learning how they were formed and when. To me personally it is amazing to see up close these areas and know how the landscape was formed and the exactly how the rocks were exposed. The whole time driving through Nebraska I could image living there. It was just so Beautiful.