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Photographer Jim Richardson on assignment

Fresh growth carpets one of the last strongholds of tallgrass prairie on the continent. Much that remains of this once vast ecosystem lies here in the Flint Hills, saved from the plow by stubborn layers of stone jutting rawboned through thin soil. The April 2007 issue of National Geographic magazine features a 22-page spread about the Flint Hills, with photos by native Kansan Jim Richardson.

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