Elevated land or higher ground found inland, away from coastal areas, and from which rivers collect drainage is called upland. Like plateaus, uplands stand above floodplains. They are often of subdued relief with relatively even terrain, although some are designated “channeled” or “grooved” uplands—eroded areas that often contain small, round lakes. Mountainous areas are also uplands. Depending on the region, some uplands remain always covered in ice or snow; others, like the uplands of Monroe County, Illinois, are fertile and much loved by farmers. Illinoisan poet Carl Sandburg often praised these parts of his native state, as he does in “Uplands in May”: “Lush in the lowlands grasses rise/And upland beckons upland./The great strong hills are humble.”

Donna Seaman