The Spotlight
Pioneers and explorers heading west from the Mississippi River must have been astounded at the miles and miles of prairie they encountered. The North American prairies at one time covered a triangular area ranging from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, through the Great Plains, to southern Texas and Mexico. Climate varied over such a vast area, creating tallgrass prairies, a wetter environment in which grass can grow up to ten feet tall; the central Great Plains which features mixed grasses; and shortgrass prairies in the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Prairies were naturally self-regulated through climate, grazing of herds of buffalo, elk, deer, and rabbits, and fire. Today only about 1-2 percent of the prairies still exist. Visit the sites below to learn more about prairies and see if one still exists near you.
North American Prairie
What is a Prairie?
What is a Prairie?
Where Have all the Prairies Gone?

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