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Unit 1: Set 1. The Natural World - "No Ordinary Plain"

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NORTH DAKOTA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
NORTH DAKOTA NOTES NO. 1

No Ordinary Plain: North Dakota's Physiography and Landforms

By John Bluemle and Bob Biek

People like to draw lines on maps; it helps them to describe and know their world. Politicians scribe political boundaries that guide the development of government; hydrologists draw watershed boundaries that define individual drainage basins; entrepreneurs chart transitory lines on maps that guide their market development. Among the lines that geologists and geographers use are those that define physiographic regions. North Dakota has been so divided into six major physiographic regions, each defined by a suite of characteristic landforms that serve to differentiate it from its neighbors.....

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