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The Great Plains are a large area of grasslands and rolling hills in North America. East to west, they stretch from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States. North to south they stretch from the forests of Canada to the Rio Grande River in southwestern United States. It covers an area of nearly 900 thousand square miles (about 2.3 million square kilometers). The grasses that grow on this prairie are a mix of short grass and long grass. They once supported a very wide variety of wildlife. These included birds, bison (buffalo), elk, pronghorn antelope and deer numbering in the tens of millions. They also supported the predators who hunted them.
States and provinces[edit | edit source]
The Great Plains includes all or part of the following US states:
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
It includes all or part of the following provinces in Canada:
References[edit | edit source]
- "Encyclopedia of the Great Plains". University of Nebraska. http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
- "The Central Grasslands". Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative (TGCI). https://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/us_size_n_great_plains_final_note_apr_1.pdf. Retrieved 4 July 2016.