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ELM CREEK (Nolan County). Elm Creek rises three miles northeast of Nolan in far eastern Nolan County (at 32°17' N, 100°11' W) and runs northeast for thirty-seven miles to its mouth on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, two miles southwest of Nugent in southeastern Jones County (at 32°40' N, 99°41' W). The stream is dammed to form Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Juniper, live oak, mesquite, and grasses grow beside the creek in its upper reaches; hardwoods, scrub brush, and grasses grow along its middle section; and water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses grow near its mouth. The creek rises in steeply sloping terrain with benches, runs through flat to rolling land with local scarps, and ends in a flat area with locally shallow depressions and an expansive clay surface.

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