May 21, 2013
Anthony Dzik, Ph.D., professor of geography at Shawnee State University traveled throughout the Great Plains from the Canadian border to the Red River in Texas to study the variations in the landscape that many people perceive to be flat.
In his new book, "Not That Flat: Physical Geography of Rugged Sedimentary Landscapes of the Great Plains," he shares his discoveries of the rugged rocky buttes and valleys on the plains.
"I was blown away by what Dzik's book shows," said John C. Hudson, professor of geography at Northwestern University, in his description on the back cover of the book. "Spectacular accidents of weathering and erosion, the rocky buttes, slopes, and valleys look almost human-built, although they are natural."
Dzik has spent nearly two months in the past couple of years discovering new vistas and taking photos along the way. His books are filled with photos of his travels.
"Everybody has the perception that the Great Plains are flat," Dzik said. "The reality is that only about 6 percent of the Plains are technically described as flat."
Some of the variations in the landscape are sometimes only about 20 miles off the interstate, he said.
Dzik is now working on a photo essay of the Gloss Mountains in Oklahoma, which is in the Plains.
Purchase Dzik's book, "Not That Flat: Physical Geography of Rugged Sedimentary Landscapes of the Great Plains" at www.amazon.com