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Approximate extent of the Great Plains<ref name=Encyclopedia>Wishart, David. 2004. The Great Plains Region, In: Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, pp. xiii-xviii. ISBN 0-8032-4787-7</ref>

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Great Plains
Region
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View of the Great Plains near Lincoln, Nebraska
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United States, Canada, Mexico

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3,200 km (1,988 mi)

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800 km (497 mi)

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1,300,000 km2 (501,933 sq mi)

Website: Library of Congress (US)

The Great Plains is the broad expanse of flat land, much of it covered in prairie, steppe and grassland, that lies west of the Mississippi River tallgrass prairie states and east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada. This area covers parts, but not all, of the states of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The region is known for supporting extensive cattle ranching and dry farming.

The Canadian portion of the Plains is known as the Prairies. Some geographers include some territory of northern Mexico in the Plains, but many stop at the Rio Grande.

Part of the Great Plains are known as the Northern Plains.


Great Plains sections
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