|The Three Types of North American
the United States and Canada there are three types of grasslands (or prairies):
|Tall Grass Prairie
||The Tall Grass Prairie lies mainly in the eastern portion
of the Midwest. The grasses here often grow to be five
feet tall. The annual rain totals here approach 30 inches.
|Mixed Grass Prairie
||The Mixed Grass Prairie lies mainly in the middle portion
of the Midwest. The grasses here often grow to be two
and three feet tall. Typically, there are 15 to 25 inches of
rain per year. This is the prairie where the buffalo once roamed.
|Short Grass Prairie
||The Short Grass Prairie lies mainly in the western portion
of the Midwest, hugging the coast of the deserts
and the Rocky Mountains into Canada. The grasses here grow to be no
more than two feet tall. There is usually little more than ten
inches of rain per year in these short grass prairies. Prairie Dogs are
common in this area.
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