Prairie

Below are pictures are of prairie Landforms. Click on the images to make the prairies larger.

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Prairie Landforms have 2 main characteristics

1. Large plains region

2. Tall grass

Example of Prairie Landforms:

Bad Lands of South Dakota


What is a Prairie Landform?

A prairie is a area that is mostly flat and the main vegetation is grass.  The pictures above




show exactly what a lot of prairies look like.  Almost all prairies grow in a temperate climate, that being a climate that is not too hot and not too cold.  It may have winter months when it snows and summer months that have tolerable heat.

How are Prairies Formed?

There are many prairies in the world that have been made in many different ways.  One common way is a prairie forms of what use to be a large body of water.  After the water evaporates, their is great soil for plants to grow.  Wild grasses take off and cover the large area of land.

If you want to see some great prairie landforms, Iowa has the most in the United States.  Many of the prairie lands of the world have been taken over by farms.  You can still find many large areas of prairies in the central United States.

Some prairie landforms are overtaken by different types of forests of the world.  Sometimes fires can help prevent this from happening and actually make the prairies thrive.  Many park services have controlled fires to preserve the great prairies of the world.

Famous Prairies

Two of the famous prairies of the world are the Bad Lands of South Dakota and the Rolling Hills of Oklahoma.  Probably the most famous Prairie is the Great Plains.

Prairie Definition

A prairie landform is a large, mostly flat area, that is covered with grass as its main vegetation.

By David Olmstead

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