Great Plains

Great Plains
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View of the Great Plains near Lincoln, Nebraska
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Approximate extent of the Great Plains[1]
LocationCanada and the United States
Coordinates37°N 97°W / 37°N 97°W / 37; -97
Length3,200 km (2,000 mi)
Width800 km (500 mi)
Area1,300,000 km2 (500,000 sq mi)

The Great Plains (sometimes simply "the Plains") is a broad expanse of flat land (a plain), much of it covered in prairie, steppe, and grassland, located in the United States and Canada. It lies west of the Mississippi River tallgrass prairie in the United States and east of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Canada. It encompasses:

The region is known for supporting extensive cattle ranching and dry farming. The Canadian portion of the Plains is known as the Canadian Prairies. It covers much of Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, and a narrow band of southern Manitoba.


The Great Plains near a farming community in central Kansas

The term "Great Plains" is used in the United States to describe a sub-section of the even more vast Interior Plains physiographic division, which covers much of the interior of North America. It also has currency as a region of human geography, referring to the Plains Indians or the Plains states.

In Canada the term is rarely used; Natural Resources Canada, the government department responsible for official mapping, treats the Interior Plains as one unit consisting of several related plateaux and plains. There is no region referred to as the "Great Plains" in The Atlas of Canada.[2] In terms of human geography, the term prairie is more commonly used in Canada, and the region is known as the Prairie Provinces or simply "the Prairies".

The North American Environmental Atlas, produced by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a NAFTA agency composed of the geographical agencies of the Mexican, American, and Canadian governments, uses the "Great Plains" as an ecoregion synonymous with predominant prairies and grasslands rather than as physiographic region defined by topography.[3] The Great Plains ecoregion includes five sub-regions: Temperate Prairies, West-Central Semi-Arid Prairies, South-Central Semi-Arid Prairies, Texas Louisiana Coastal Plains, and Tamaulipas-Texas Semi-Arid Plain, which overlap or expand upon other Great Plains designations.[4]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Groot Vlaktes
azərbaycanca: Böyük Düzənliklər
Bân-lâm-gú: Tōa Pêⁿ-po͘
беларуская: Вялікія раўніны
български: Големи равнини
bosanski: Velika nizija
català: Grans Planes
čeština: Velké planiny
Deutsch: Great Plains
français: Grandes Plaines
hrvatski: Velika nizina
Bahasa Indonesia: Dataran Great Plains
italiano: Grandi Pianure
ქართული: დიდი ვაკეები
қазақша: Ұлы жазықтар
Lëtzebuergesch: Great Plains
Bahasa Melayu: Great Plains
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oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Buyuk tekisliklar
پنجابی: وڈے میدان
português: Grandes Planícies
Simple English: Great Plains
slovenčina: Veľké prérie
српски / srpski: Велике равнице
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Velika nizina
svenska: Great Plains
татарча/tatarça: Бөек тигезлекләр
Türkçe: Büyük Ovalar
українська: Великі рівнини
粵語: 大平原