Case 8

Land and Life on the North American Prairie
by Robert E. Ford
Tour I: The Grassland Biome of Midcontinent  North America

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Slide 1: Precipitation, latitude and world biomes

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Slide 2: The Grassland Biomes of the World.



Slide 3: Annual precipitation in the continental US

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Slide 4: Precipitation variability along the  100th Meridian

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Slide 5: Vegetation transect  of  the continental US

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Slide 6: Grassland ecosystems of midcontinent North America

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Slide 7: Location map of the Great Plains and Prairies of North America

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Slide 8: The Corn Belt in the United States

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Slide 9: Satellite image of the central Great Plains centered on the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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Slide 10:  Prairie-forest transition/boundary: a dairy-farm region south of Greenbay, Wisconsin

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Slide 11:  Revis Hill Prairie Natural 
Reserve, Mason County, Illinois

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Slide 12:  Amish Acres--a historical farm in the Tallgrass Prairie of Indiana 

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Slide 13:  Northern Great Plains steppe: spring wheat harvest in North Dakota

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Slide 14: Spring-flooded sloughs  block a rural road in North Dakota
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Slide 15:   Black Hills coniferous forest, prairie  and prairie dogs

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Slide 16: Chadron Hills, Nebraska: pine ridge and shortgrass steppe

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Slide 17: SPOT  image of the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Preserve near Manhattan, Kansas

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Slide 18: The Nebraska Sandhills: a Space Shuttle Image

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Slide 19: Dry-steppe and high plains in eastern Nebraska

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Slide 20:  Sagebrush steppe along the Oregon Trail of western Wyoming.

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Slide 21:  Dry steppe wheatlands of the Palouse country, Pullman, Washington

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Slide 22: Southwestern dry steppe and mesas: the Stockton Plateau, Texas

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Slide 23: Oak/juniper savanna woodlands, Edwards Plateau, Texas Hill Country

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Slide 24:   Texas Gulf Coastal Plains: oak woodlands, savannas and marshes.

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Slide 25: Southwestern semi-arid/arid rangelands and high plains/mountains of New Mexico

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Created 12 February 1998. Last updated 25 October 1998  by JDH.