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A map of NebraskaNebraska is located in the Midwest region of the United States. The land rises gradually from east to west, from the banks of the Missouri, the state’s eastern border, to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Platte River flows across the state from west to east to join the Missouri. The easternmost part of Nebraska was scoured by glaciers during the last Ice Age, then covered with till (sand, silt and other sediments) after the ice melted. This fertile region is where Nebraska’s two largest cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are located. The Great Plains occupy most of the rest of the state.

Great Plains landscape near Fort Robinson, northwestern Nebraska
View of the Platte River, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park


Nebraska's name comes from the Native American words for “flat water”. This is a reference to the wide, shallow Platte River that flows through the state. In the Otoe language, the words are ni brahge. In the Omaha language they are ni bthaska. 
Prairie grassland, Nebraska
Scotts Bluff National Monument in winter


Nebraska calls itself "The State where the West begins”. The exact location given for the beginning of the West is the intersection of 13th and O streets in Lincoln, where it is marked by a red brick star.

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