Environment

The land, the vegetation, the water features, and the creatures.

  • Lady Bird Johnson: Her Love of Nature

    Lady Bird Johnson was and continues to be a beloved Texas icon.
  • Ranching in a Changing Land

    Once dominated by the Missions, Texas ranching shaped Texas, its history and environment.
  • The Coldest Winter

    Historic extreme weather records have shaped Texas history.
  • Significant Weather, 1700s and 1800s

    The weather has played a significant role in Texas history.
  • Oil and Texas: A Cultural History

    For Texans, the 20th century began on January 10, when oil was discovered at Spindletop.

  • Galveston's Response to the Hurricane of 1900

    The "Great Hurricane" hit Galveston on Sept. 8, 1900.
  • Texas’ Ancient Tidal Wave

    Dinosaurs disappeared about 65 million years ago after a meteorite hit earth. One of the sites where debris of this event has been found is along the Brazos River in Falls County.
  • The 20th Century

    Texas in the 20th Century experienced devastating events but also established unforgettable historical legacies.
  • Texas' Natural Environment

    Texas has a natural environment best described as "varied."
  • Secondary Streams of Texas

    Texas has many secondary streams of various sizes and rich biodiversity.
  • Natural Lakes

    There are many natural lakes in Texas. The largest designated natural lake touching the border of Texas is Sabine Lake.
  • Lakes and Reservoirs

    Texas has 5,607 square miles of inland water, ranking it first in the 48 contiguous states.
  • Major Rivers

    There are 11,247 named Texas streams identified in the U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System. Their combined length is about 80,000 miles, and they drain 263,513 square miles within Texas.

  • Aquifers of Texas

    About 60 percent of the approximately 16 million acre-feet of water used yearly in Texas is derived from underground formations that make up 9 major and 22 minor aquifers. Groundwater also supplies about 35 percent of the municipal needs of the state.

  • Soils of Texas

    One of the most important natural resources in Texas is its soil. More than 1,300 different kinds of soil are recognized in Texas. Each has a specific set of properties that affect its use.
  • Geology of Texas

    The physiographic variety in Texas is controlled by the varied rocks and structures that underlie and crop out across the state. The fascinating geologic history of Texas is recorded in the rocks.
  • Texas Plant Life

    Texas has a rich and diverse array of plant species due to the amount and frequency of rainfall, diversity of soils, and the number of frost-free days.

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