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Kansas is Unique!


Kansas is Unique!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.81

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    alongside, greatly, production, lies, cases, leading, entire, marking, geographical, thus, onto, region, unique, mile, western, train
     content words:    United States, Smith County, Great Plains, Atlantic Ocean, Wheat State


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Kansas is Unique!
By Susan Karnes
  

1     Did you know that Kansas is located in the very center of the contiguous United States? Well, it is. You may be wondering what contiguous means. It means the 48 states that border each other. That is, it does not include Alaska or Hawaii. The actual geographical center is located in Smith County, just north of Lebanon, Kansas. There is a stone monument marking its location. The monument was built before Alaska and Hawaii became states. Being the center makes Kansas both unique and important!
 
2     Because it is in the center, Kansas is said to be the "heart of the nation." It is a 208 by 411 mile rectangle. Due to its distance from east to west, it has many types of terrain and soil. The climate varies greatly, also. Most of the state lies in an area known as the Great Plains. This region of plains and prairie is called the breadbasket of the country because it grows more wheat than any other state in the United States.
 
3     Kansas is responsible for growing approximately one-fifth of all the wheat produced in the US. If you loaded all the wheat produced in Kansas in just one year onto a train, it would stretch from western Kansas to the Atlantic Ocean!

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