Llano Estacado


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Llano Estacado

(lä`nō ĕstəkä`dō) or

Staked Plain,

level, semiarid, plateaulike region of the S Great Plains, c.40,000 sq mi (103,600 sq km), E N.Mex. and W Tex., between the Pecos River and the Cap Rock escarpment. The High Plains of the Texas Panhandle (c.4,000 ft/1,220 m high), centered around Amarillo, are usually distinguished from the somewhat lower South Plains (c.2,500 ft/760 m), centered around Lubbock, Tex. Both are windswept grasslands. Formerly used for cattle ranching, the plains are dotted with dryland and irrigated farms as well as oil and natural-gas fields.

Llano Estacado

 

a plateau in the southern part of the Great Plains in the USA, with a level surface that is not very rugged. Elevation, 700-1,500 m. It is composed mainly of sandstones and limestones and is covered with unfixed sand in some places. There are karst landscapes. The Pecos River is the only permanent watercourse. The region is characterized by semidesert vegetation.

Llano Estacado

the S part of the Great Plains of the US, extending over W Texas and E New Mexico: oil and natural gas resources. Chief towns: Lubbock and Amarillo. Area: 83 700 sq. km (30 000 sq. miles)
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Mammals (excluding bats) of the New Mexican Llano Estacado and its adjacent river valleys.
This study provides evidence that small mammals inhabit unfarmed corners adjacent to irrigated crop circles on the Llano Estacado of Texas, and that these corners are important as habitat for wildlife.
The Llano Estacado of the Texas Panhandle has the highest density of playa lakes in the world (Bolen et al., 1989), but these natural water sources are declining due to climate change and direct irrigation.
Second record of Cryptotis parva (Soricidae: Insectivora) in New Mexico, with review of its status on the Llano Estacado. Southwestern Naturalist 31: 403-405.
Groundwater Purchase and Transfer via New Pipeline Included as Possible Strategy in Llano Estacado Regional Water Management Plan.
In the High Plains region, Llano Estacado is the largest producer of premium bottled varietals and has claimed more medals than any other Texas winery, including a double gold for a 1984 Chardonnay in the 1986 San Francisco Nationa Wine Competition and a gold medal for a 1985 Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon a the 1989 International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
These five records for Loving and Ward counties provide further insight into the range of this relatively uncommon species, which reaches its eastern distributional limits on the Edwards Plateau and the Llano Estacado (Davis & Schmidly 1994).
Of course, that's a goal with which Texas wine-makers such as Llano Estacado, Fall Creek, Becker and Messina Hof might want to take issue.
Since then it has been moving northwest into central Texas and the Llano Estacado (Davis 1974; Stangl et al.
Don Brady, winemaker for Robert Hall Winery in Eastern Paso Robles, is a veteran of Desert Ridge, Llano Estacado and Cordier Estates in Texas.
The northern pygmy mouse, Baiomys taylori, on the Texas Llano Estacado. Texas J.

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