To what mountain system do the Ozarks belong?

March 30, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Geologists do not regard the Ozark Mountains as part of either the Rocky or the Appalachian systems, but as an independent and distinct unit. The Ozark Plateau or upland area lies chiefly in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, but also extends into Oklahoma and Kansas. It is separated from the Appalachians by the lowlands of the Mississippi Basin, and from the Rockies by the Great Plains.

Ozarks is an American rendering of Aux Arcs, pronounced oze-ark, literally meaning “with bows,” a term that the early French applied to a band of Quapaw Indians who inhabited the mountain region of Missouri and Arkansas. Aux Arcs was descriptive of the Indians and was equivalent to English “bow carriers.”

The early French had a trading post called Aux Arcs near the present village of Arkansas Post, Arkansas.

 

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