immigrants also brought diseases against which the Native Americans had no resistance. The line of. Great Plains, also called, great American Desert, major physiographic province of, north America. In the spring and fall, ranchers held roundups where their cowboys branded new calves, treated animals and sorted the cattle for sale.
Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, and minor outlying possessions. Great Plains: Great Plains, vast high plateau of semiarid grassland that is a major region of North America. The Great Plains (sometimes simply "the 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 in the United States and east of the Rocky Mountains. Canada is officially bilingual in English and French, reflecting the countrys history as ground once contested by two of Europes great powers.
Before European settlement, the Great Plains were the home of immense herds of grazing mammals: the buffalo ( bison ) and the pronghorn. Pickens claims the same economic benefits are possible throughout the Plains, which he refers to as North America's "wind corridor." See also edit International steppe-lands edit References edit a b Wishart, David. " A Plan For Reintroducing Megafauna To North America ". Stewart and Terry. Traditionally, the spread of grasslands and the development of grazers have been strongly linked. 6 Today the term " High Plains " is used for a subregion of the Great Plains. Four of the plains states have the largest coal reserves in the nation (Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, and Colorado) but, except for Wyoming, rank low in actual production. This problem is often exacerbated by the consolidation of farms and the difficulty of attracting modern industry to the region. More rainfall occurs in summer than in winter, except in some of the northwestern parts of the Great Plains. Center pivot irrigation is used extensively in drier sections of the Great Plains, resulting in aquifer depletion at a rate that is greater than the ground's ability to recharge. In the United States the Great Plains are drained by the Missouri River and its tributaries (the Yellowstone, Platte, and Kansas ) and the Red, Rio Grande, and Arkansas rivers, which flow eastward from the Rockies in broad, steep-sided, shallow valleys. The Red River of the North, which forms the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, drains north into Canada.