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The biggest ancient city you’ve probably never heard of is in Illinois
The Cahokia Mounds offer a glimpse of one of the Americas' most powerful societies.
Bison have returned to the Great Plains. Now what?
A rift among Indigenous and non-Indigenous ranchers illustrates the struggles of reintroducing buffalo in modern landscapes.
A spiky flea could ruin Midwestern ecosystems and kill native fish
Anglers and boaters may be fueling the spread of invasive spiny water flea from the Great Lakes—but they can help beat it back, too.
Oklahoma floods are poisoning tribal lands
A decades-old Superfund site poses new threats to displaced communities.
Glimpse the gold mine where scientists are searching for dark matter
An elaborate camera trap, buried a mile below the Black Hills of South Dakota, could reveal the makeup of the universe.
Flying over mountains isn’t as scary (or hard) as you might think
A pilot details her return to the high-country skies.
This photographer chases the Midwest’s most dramatic storms. Here are some of his favorite shots.
Eric Meola went from shooting rock-album art to documenting the hidden beauty of the great American plains.
Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it
Adults are in a league of their own when it comes to hand-crafted cars that lead the pack.
Last year’s historic floods ruined 20 million acres of farmland
2019 was a terrible year for farmers, and climate change will only make things worse.