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Taum Sauk Mountain

Mountain information
NameTaum Sauk Mountain
Elevation1772 ft (540.1 m)
ListingU.S. state high point
LocationIron County, Missouri, USA
RangeSaint Francois Mountains
Easiest routeHike

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Taum Sauk Mountain in the Saint Francois Mountains is the highest point in the U.S. state of Missouri, 1,772 feet (540 m) above mean sea level.

The topography of Taum Sauk is that of a somewhat flat ridge rather than a peak.

While not as impressive at 1,772 feet (540 m) as other peaks, Taum Sauk and the St. Francois range are true mountains, being the result of a volcanic orogeny. Whereas vertical relief in the rest of the Ozarks region is the result of erosion of sedimentary strata, the St. Francois are an ancient Precambrian igneous uplift several times older than the Appalachians. Geologists believe that Taum Sauk and its neighbors may be among the few areas in the US never to have been submerged in ancient seas. The peaks of the St. Francois range existed as islands in the shallow seaway throughout most of the Paleozoic Era as the sandstones, limestones, and shales typical of the Ozarks were deposited. Weathering and erosion of these ancient peaks provided the clastic sediments of the surrounding rock layers.

Taum Sauk is said to be named for a Piankeshaw chief named Sauk-Ton-Qua.

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Taum Sauk lookout tower.

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View from lookout tower.

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