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Grasslands

Big open spaces with few bushes or trees, grasslands may appear as a never-ending sea of grass. Crops grow very well in this biome’s fertile soil.

Investigate the grasslands — and their many plants and animal residents — that stretch across the world and are called prairies, pampas, steppes, and savannas.

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Grasslands More Diverse than Rain Forests—In Small Areas

Grasslands More Diverse than Rain Forests—In Small Areas

On a small scale, grasslands have greater diversity of plant species than rain forests. Discover the locations of the most diverse grasslands and what scientists hope to learn from them. More...

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National Geographic
Grassland and Prairies

Grassland and Prairies

The tall grasses and wide-open spaces of the grasslands are an ecosystem in danger. Discover the biggest threats to habitats around the globe. More...

Article
The Nature Conservancy
Grasslands, Prairies, and Savannas: Photo Gallery

Grasslands, Prairies, and Savannas: Photo Gallery

Travel the grasslands to take a good look at their varied landscapes and plant species and meet the resident prairie dogs, bison, lions, and rheas. More...

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National Geographic
Illinois Nachusa Grasslands

Illinois Nachusa Grasslands

Thousands of acres have been protected at Nachusa Grasslands, home to 700 native plant species and 180 species of birds. Investigate this conservation success story. More...

Article
The Nature Conservancy
National Grasslands

National Grasslands

Four million acres of windswept seas of grass and wildflowers are a national treasure. Search for a grassland near you to discover its unique qualities More...

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U.S. Forest Service
Seas of Grass

Seas of Grass

Nearly a third of Earth’s land surface is grassland, and some of it is endangered. Discover the dangers and what it means for these ecosystems. More...

Article
PBS
Temperate Grassland

Temperate Grassland

Once home to large herds of grazing animals, many temperate grasslands are now farmland. Discover the great variety of what grows and lives in these lands around the world. More...

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BBC

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