The Ozark Highlands are one of the world’s oldest continually exposed terrains. No glacier or sea has covered the Ozarks for more than 250 million years so these old mountains and hollers have been a safe haven for countless living creatures over many millennia.
Today, these ancient, forest-covered mountains still serve as a refuge for innumerable plants and animals – many of them endangered, threatened or rare. At least 160 species found in the Ozarks occur nowhere else in the world.
The Ozarks have an abundance of rivers, lakes, and streams and, as is characteristic of karst terrain, an even greater abundance of caves, springs, sinkholes, stony bluffs and outcroppings.
All of these are essential aspects of the unique beauty of the Ozarks — the tranquility and natural splendor that is the foundation of a thriving tourism economy and the extraordinary quality of life of its inhabitants.
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