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Twin Buttes
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    1897–1983
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Twin Buttes, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 215.9 x 285.75 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0505
Description

About eight miles west of Medicine Lodge in Barber County are the Twin Buttes. The cap rock is gypsum underlain by red shale. These buttes were formerly mesas having flat tops and vertical sides as far down as the cap rock extended, and gentler slopes from there to the foot of the mesa. Rain falling on the shale slopes washed the soft, easily eroded shale down the hillside. As the cap rock became undermined along the rim, blocks of gypsum fell off and rolled to the foot of the mesa. When the cap became relatively small, as in this picture, the mesas became buttes.