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Extending from Alberta south to the Mississippi River, the prairies are among the largest ecosystems in North America. Until recently, they were also one of the richest and most magnificent natural grasslands in the world. Today, however, they are among the most altered environments on Earth. Nevertheless, Candace calls the prairies a landscape of hope-a place that has experienced the onslaught of modernization yet still inspires us with its splendor.
Throughout the book, spectacular full-color photographs and elegant black-and-white line drawings illustrate the beauty and diversity of the North American heartland. Both an authoritative reference and an easy-to-read guide, Prairie: A Natural History is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the dazzling natural variety of the prairies.
|Chapter 1||Where Is Here?||1|
|Chapter 2||Digging into the Past||31|
|Chapter 3||The Geography of Grass||63|
|Chapter 4||Secrets of the Soil||91|
|Chapter 5||Home on the Range||111|
|Chapter 6||Water of Life||149|
|Chapter 7||Prairie Woodlands||191|
|Chapter 8||The Nature of Farming||229|
|Chapter 9||Long-Range Forecast||259|
|For More Information||287|
|Endemic Vertebrates of the Great Plains||298|