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The USGS Land Cover Institute (LCI)

  Missouri Land Cover
Capital Jefferson City
Largest City St. Louis
Area Ranked 21st
Total 68,885.93 sq mi
Population Ranked 17th
Total (2000) 5,595,211
Density 81.2/sq mi
Highest point Taum Sauk Mountain 1,772 ft (540 m)
Lowest point Saint Francis River 230 ft (70 m)
Missouri Land Cover

Missouri consists of four land regions: the Dissected Till Plains, the Osage Plains, the Ozark Plateau, and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The Dissected Till Plains, located in northern Missouri, is an area of fertile plains with abundant pasture and cultivated crop land cover. Corn is the predominant agricultural commodity in this region. The Osage Plains, located throughout western Missouri is like the Dissected Till Plains, characterized by its prairie and cultivated crop land cover. The soil in the Osage Plains is not as fertile, thus small grain crops, (e.g., wheat) tend to be grown more than corn. The Ozark Plateau is the largest of the four regions and is located in the central and southern parts of the State. The topography here is one of the most rugged in Missouri and mixed forest cover is the predominant land cover type. Pasture, rivers, and lakes are also found throughout the landscape of the Ozark Plateau. The Mississippi Alluvial Plain is found in the southeasternmost portion of the State and cultivated croplands are the dominant land cover type. Cotton, soybeans, and rice are the leading agricultural commodities in the area.