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Prairies, facts about prairies - climate, history etc.

The term prairie comes from a French word meaning meadow, or grassland. It was originally used to describe the wide plains French explorers found in the Mississippi valley and in Canada west of the Great Lakes. Prairies are found roughly midway between the Equator and the Poles, in the middle latitudes. Summers in these regions are hot, and winters cold, and the rainfall is moderate, occurring mainly in summer. Grass grows rapidly in spring and becomes hay in autumn. The prairies climate here varies not considerably - in the south it is more droughty, in the north - more rainy.

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Facts about prairies - climate, history etc.

Prairies are often associated in North America with cowboys and vast cattle ranches. But these great plains are also used as arable land (below) and large crops of cereals are grown

In former times great herds of bison (buffalo) ranged the North American prairies and were a source of food for the Indians. European settlers first used the prairies as cattle ranches and, later, started huge wheat farms. Great herds of cattle are now reared on the prairie ranges in the states of Montana and Wyoming. Mile after mile of wheat and other cereals are also grown. On these wind-swept plains trees are rare, except along banks of rivers.

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Facts about prairies - climate, history etc.

Nowadays the American prairies are the real eden where everyone could have excellent rest, far away from vanity and anxiety, for example in hotel Extended Stay Eden Prairie. By the way, many travel companies suggest cheap tours to such places

South American prairies are called pampas. They support great herds of cattle and horses, originally brought there by Spanish settlers. In the eastern parts of the pampas, where the rainfall is heavier, wheat, corn, and flax are grown. The pampas probably got their name from an Indian word for plain. They are found mostly on the vast, almost treeless, areas around the Rio de la Plata in Argentina, where the tall 'pampas grass' occurs. The lower rainfall in the western part makes the area almost a desert. But in general the prairies climate is warm and temperate, though a strong cold wind from the south, known as the Pampero, can break the summer heat.

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