What is prairie?

  • (noun): A treeless grassy plain.


Prairies ( /ˈprɛər.i/ or /ˈprɛr.i/) are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and a composition of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type. Temperate grassland regions include the Pampas of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as well as the steppes of Eurasia. Lands typically referred to as "prairie" tend to be in North America. The term encompasses the area referred to as the Interior Lowlands of the United States, Canada and Mexico, which includes all of the Great Plains as well as the wetter, somewhat hillier land to the east. In the U.S., the area is constituted by most or all of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and sizable parts of the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and western and southern Minnesota. The Central Valley of California is also a prairie. The Canadian Prairies occupy vast areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

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Katy Prairie Conservancy
... Katy Prairie Conservancy KPC logo Formation 1992 Purpose/focus conservation Headquarters Texas, United States Location Katy Prairie Website Katy Prairie ... protect a sustainable portion of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife and all Texans forever." ...
List Of Minnesota Wild Flowers - P
... laphamii Prairie phlox Phlox pilosa var ... purpurea Prairie clover White prairie clover Dalea candida Western white prairie clover Dalea candida var ... oligophylla Foxtail dalea Dalea leporina Purple prairie clover Dalea purpurea var ...
Preservation - Prairie Garden
... A prairie garden is a garden primarily consisting of plants from a prairie. ...
Environment Of Iowa - Ecology and Biota
... Iowa's natural vegetation is tallgrass prairie and savanna in upland areas, with dense forest and wetlands in floodplains and protected river valleys, and pothole wetlands in northern ... agriculture, crops cover 60% of the state, grasslands (mostly pasture and hay with some prairie and wetland) cover 30%, and forests cover 7% urban areas and water cover another 1% each ...
Prairie Giant
... Prairie Giant The Tommy Douglas Story is a CBC Television miniseries first aired in two consecutive parts on March 12 and March 13, 2006 ... Prairie Giant is distributed in the United States by Invincible Pictures ...

Famous quotes containing the word prairie:

    The flower-fed buffaloes of the spring
    In the days of long ago,
    Ranged where the locomotives sing
    And the prairie flowers lie low:—
    Vachel Lindsay (1879–1931)

    The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.
    J. William Fulbright (b. 1905)

    To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
    Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)