Webster County lies just north and west of the geographical· center of Iowa and is somewhat larger than any of the surrounding counties having an area of 720 miles. The county is primarily a prairie county, its only forests being narrow strips along the streams. The average elevation of the county as a whole is about 1100 feet. Along the Des Moines River, which crosses the county from north to south, the forest fringe varies from a quarter of a mile to more than three miles in width and is made up of such trees as oak, hickory, elm, ash, basswood and the like. Both branches of Lizard Creek are wooded and Soldier Creek and most of the other streams have more or less of woods along them. The larger part of the surface of the county is open rolling prairie with a soil of "Wisconsin Drift'' for the most part with a few morainic hills of coarse gravel, most noticeable in the northern parts of the county, but some isolated mounds in the south part are very striking.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Oleson, O. M. and Somes, M. P.
"A Flora of Webster County, Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 13(1), 25-58.
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