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[Summary]Great Plains The Great Plains is the broad expanse of flat land (a plain), much of it covered in prairie, steppe and grassland, that lies west of the Mississippi River tallgrass prairie states and east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and

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Great Plains

The Great Plains is the broad expanse of flat land (a plain), much of it covered in prairie, steppe and grassland, that lies west of the Mississippi River tallgrass prairie states and east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada. This area covers parts, but not all, of the states of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The region is known for supporting extensive cattle ranching and dry farming.

Plains, Plains Information, Facts, News, Photos -- National Geographic

Great Plains North America Facts

Get information, facts, photos, news, videos, and more about plains and how they are formed from National Geographic.

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The Great Plains region cover states such as Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming, often called "the Heartland" or "the Breadbasket of the World." People often call the portion of the Great Plains located in Canada "the Prairies." Events that occurred in this area include the massacre at Wounded Knee and the Dust Bowl. The Great Plains' claim to fame is its cattle ranches and farms.

Facts About the Great Plains | eHow

Because the Great Plains are so vast, they have a variety of stunning geological formations. For instance, in central Texas there is a sudden upthrust of land in the middle of otherwise level plains. However, the uplift itself is so extremely flat that early settlers named it the Llano Estacado (Staked Plain) because they had to mark their land by stakes; there were no natural landmarks by which to separate settlements. Farther north are the Badlands of South Dakota. The Badlands are a series of flat-topped rocks in which gullying has taken place, creating uneven valleys. The formation was created because the land is made of clay-rich material, such as shale, which water cannot penetrate. Rain runoff over the eons chipped away at the surface of the rock, creating the valleys. The Great Plains are also home to the High Plains, or Ogallala, Aquifer, which spans from Canada all the way to Texas. As one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world, it's thought to hold one quadrillion gallons of water.

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Great Plains: Introduction

Great Plains

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Great Plains, extensive grassland region on the continental slope of central North America. They extend from the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba south through W central United States into W Texas. In the United States the Plains include parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.

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The Great Plains is a vast expanse of grasslands stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the Missouri River and from the Rio Grande to the coniferous forests of Canada—an area more than eighteen hundred miles from north to south and more than five hundred miles from east to west. The Great Plains region includes all or parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The region, once labeled "the Great American Desert," is now more often called the "heartland," or, sometimes, "the breadbasket of the world." Its immense distances, flowing grasslands, sparse population, enveloping horizons, and dominating sky convey a sense of expansiveness, even emptiness or loneliness, a reaction to too much space and one's own meager presence in it.

Plains Indians

Territories of Plains Indians, c. 18th and early 19th centuries. Note: Shoshone, Nez Perce, and Ute are not usually regarded as Plains peoples.

Southern Cheyenne Chiefs Lawrence Hart, Darryl Flyingman and Harvey Pratt in Oklahoma City, 2008

Plains Indians, Interior Plains Indians or Indigenous people of the Great Plains and Canadian Prairies are the Native American tribes and First Nation band governments who have traditionally lived on the greater Interior Plains (i.e. the Great Plains and the Canadian Prairies) in North America. Their historic nomadic culture and development of equestrian culture and resistance to domination by the government and military forces of Canada and the United States have made the Plains Indian culture groups an archetype in literature and art for American Indians everywhere.

Animals of the Northern Great Plains | Stories | WWF

One of only four remaining temperate grasslands in the world, the Northern Great Plains ecoregion spans five US states and two Canadian provinces across 279,000 square miles of mixed-grass prairie. Two hundred years ago, bison, black-footed ferrets, pronghorn antelope and grassland birds thrived on the landscape alongside Native American tribes, the region’s original land stewards.

Map of the Plains Indians | Tracking the Buffalo

The shaded area on this map shows the territories occupied by various Plains Indian tribes during the middle of the 19th century.

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Great Plains North America Facts
A bison herd stampedes across the plain in Custer State Park, South Dakota.
Layne Kennedy/Corbis

At the heart of the North American continent lies a vast expanse of land that was once known as the Great American Desert. Today it is called the Great Plains, a high plateau of grassland stretching from the Rio Grande in the south to the delta where the MacKenzie River enters the Arctic Ocean in the north. The western boundary is the Rocky Mountains. The eastern boundary is harder to define because it is not as visible. But a line drawn on a map from Brownsville, Tex., in the south through Winnipeg, Man., in the north, serves as an approximate boundary.

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