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prairie

a treeless grassy plain of the central US and S Canada

Prairie

 

a tract of grassland in North America (Canada and the United States) resembling a steppe or, less frequently, a savanna. Prairie soils are similar to chernozems. The natural grass vegetation, which has survived in small areas, forms a thick, high (up to 1.5 m) cover consisting primarily of perennial grasses with deep root systems. The principal species are beard grass, feather grass, and couch grass. Trees are encountered primarily in river valleys and the least dry low-lying regions. In the north there are stands of aspen, poplar, and willow, and in the south oak, hazel, and poplar predominate. Forest-steppe areas with birch, aspen, and pine woodlands have survived in some parts of Canada. The term “prairies” is also used to designate level regions in North America having open woodlands and thick, high grassy vegetation.

prairie

[′prer·ē]
(geography)
An extensive level-to-rolling treeless tract of land in the temperate latitudes of central North America, characterized by deep, fertile soil and a cover of coarse grass and herbaceous plants.
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Sharon will be selling her book and signing it at the Prairie Grass Cafe event.
Sure enough, nestled in the swaying Kansas prairie grass was a huge rack: one of such magnitude my brain couldn't accept what my eyes were telling it.
Analysis revealed that mean conservatism (MC) and floristic quality index (FQI) values rose with increasing site age as species dominance shifted from native and exotic weeds to native prairie grasses and forbs.
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In front of him, miles of silky prairie grass rippled in the breeze.
Another potential source being looked at is switchgrass, a native prairie grass that doesn't need much fertilizer, is drought resistant and grows well in our climate, according to Nathaniel Greene, a senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Iowa State University (ISU) student newspaper the Iowa State Daily recently reported that ISU researchers are currently studying biomass-to-energy methods that could potentially process prairie grass into hydrogen fuel.
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Indeed, the waist-high prairie grass may prove to be an especially effective bio-fuel, given that it has already shown several advantages over its competition.
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