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The Great Plains (French: Grandes Plaines), sometimes simply "the Plains", is a broad expanse of flatland in North America. It is located west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains, much of it covered in prairie, steppe, and grassland. It is the southern and main part of the Interior Plains, which also include the tallgrass prairie between the Great Lakes and Appalachian Plateau, and the Taiga Plains and Boreal Plains ecozones in Northern Canada. The term Western Plains is used to describe the ecoregion of the Great Plains, or alternatively the western portion of the Great Plains.
|Location||Canada and the United States|
|• Total||2,800,000 km2 (1,100,000 sq mi)|
|• Length||3,200 km (2,000 mi)|
|• Width||800 km (500 mi)|
- The entirety of the U.S. states of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota;
- Parts of the U.S. states of Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming;
- The southern portions of the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The term "Great Plains" usually refers specifically to the United States portion of the ecozone while the Canadian portion is known as the Canadian Prairies. In Canada it covers southeastern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and a narrow band of southwestern Manitoba, these three provinces collectively known as the "Prairie Provinces". The entire region is known for supporting extensive cattle-ranching and dryland farming.
Grasslands are among the least protected biomes with vast areas having been converted for agricultural purposes and pastures.