Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2004


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 14, No. 1, 2004. Copyright © 2004 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Like many of the fly-over states, Nebraska suffers from a bad reputation when it comes to scenery. But the Sand Hills of northwestern Nebraska are one of the most stark, yet entrancing landscapes in the country. The Platte, the Missouri, and the Niobrara are great places to see river systems at work. Nebraska's Cretaceous rocks and Oligocene-Pleistocene sediments have produced classic vertebrate fossils that grace museums in Nebraska and throughout the world.

The roadside geology series, published by Mountain Press, has helped introduce a large, generally non-geological audience to the rocks and fossils of many states. This addition to the series, by three geologists at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, not only does a good job of making Nebraska's geology accessible to visitors, but probably will teach Nebraska natives a thing or two.