Grassland Plants

What Happened to the American Prairies?

About one quarter of the earth's land is grasslands. The wild prairie has disappeared, for the most part, from the United States. Only a few spots of wild prairie remain.  Because the soil is so productive and rich in nutrients, nearly all of the wild grasslands have been converted into commercial farms. Now the prairie feeds the nation and the world. Why do you think prairies are often called the "breadbaskets of the world?"

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