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Is Kansas a state?

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Kansas became the 34th state of the United States in January 1861. It had originally become a territory alongside Nebraska after the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

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The state began its population during the California Gold Rush. Many people who were traveling to California would often stop in the Kansas-Nebraska area, which caused Congress to create the Kansas-Nebraska Act. As of 2010, Kansas holds a population of 2.8 million people, with Topeka as the capital. Kansas is the leading producer of wheat in the United States and is widely known for its agriculture, often being referred to as "The Wheat Capital of the World."

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    What is the capital of Kansas?

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    Topeka is the capital of Kansas. Founded in 1854 and incorporated in 1857, the city is located in Shawnee County in northeast Kansas. Kansas was admitted to the Union in 1861.

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    What are some deserts in Kansas?

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    Kansas contains no deserts as scientifically defined as barren areas with little rainfall. However, settlers in the 19th-century referred to parts of Kansas, along with areas of present-day New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Montana and Texas, as the Great American Desert.

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    Kansas has three characteristic climates: humid continental, semi-arid steppe and humid subtropical. The eastern two-thirds of the state have a humid continental climate, with cool to cold winters and hot, humid summers. The western third of the state has a semiarid steppe climate.

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    What are the major bodies of water in Kansas?

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    Kansas has two major river basins: the Missouri River to the north and the Arkansas River to the south. The Arkansas River cuts through southern and south-central Kansas before going into Oklahoma. The Missouri River is in the extreme northeastern part of the state near Missouri and Nebraska. Kansas features more than 10,000 miles of rivers and streams and nearly 400 lakes.

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