Natural Resources, School of


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Deposits Magazine - Issue 52 (2017) - Page 42


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Professor Robert Diffendal Jr's little guidebook to the Great Plains of the USA makes for a fascinating read for an Englishman like me, who has never been there (but wants to). As he says in the article opposite, they rarely correspond to the impression most people have of them. For example, they are not just flat plains with cowboys herding longhorn cattle as you might imagine from the movies (in fact, they probably rarely were). Rather, it is clear from the guide that they can provide a visitor with an interesting mixture of geology, palaeontology, ecotourism and archaeology. In addition, they cover a vast area, including parts of southern Canada and northern Mexico. In fact for me, they consist of an unimaginably large area and the author spends a certain amount of time just trying to define them.