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Big bluestem grass stretches toward the morning sky on a recent morning at the Konza Prairie Preserve in Kansas. Keith Corliss

Rate of prairie loss alarming; Native grasslands disappearing

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The Konza Prairie property was once part of a large ranch within an area of eastern Kansas known as the Flint Hills. Characterized by limestone outcroppings and thin topsoils, the Flint Hills represents the largest remaining chunk of one of the fastest disappearing ecosystems in the world—the tallgrass prairie.

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