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U.S. Landforms: Great Plains

   

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The Great Plains is a vast expanse of prairie and flatlands extending across the middle section of the United States. The area is characterized by flat grasslands or rolling hills with relatively few trees. The area has been historically used for farming, ranching, and manufacturing. Some areas of the Great Plains are completely devoid of people, and others have just four or five per thousand square miles. Much of the Great Plains is known as “Tornado Alley” because most of the nation’s tornadoes occur here. The Great Plains area is the home of the American Bison. Millions once roamed here before westward expansion occurred in the 1800’s.

 

More on the Great Plains
   
John Muir

American Bison

Learn all about the majestic bison, one of North Dakota’s most famous residents.

   

Sioux (Lakota) Nation

Learn all about the powerful Sioux (Lakota) nation that followed the buffalo herds through both North and South Dakota.

   
Zion National Park

Tornadoes

The Great Plains is sometimes referred to as "Tornado Alley." Learn all about these ferocious storms by clicking above.

   

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

"Walk softly and carry a big stick," were the immortal words of Theodore Roosevelt. Learn all the national park in the heart of the Great Plains which bears his name.

   
 

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