broad expanse of flat land in western north america
for other uses, see great plains (disambiguation).
not to be confused with a southwestern portion of the great plains, the llano estacado, or another geographic region that overlaps the great plains, the midwest.
view of the great plains near lincoln, nebraska
approximate extent of the great plains
canada and the united states
37°n97°w / 37°n97°w / 37; -97
3,200 km (2,000 mi)
800 km (500 mi)
1,300,000 km2 (500,000 sq mi)
the great plains (sometimes simply "the plains") is a broad expanse of flat land (a plain), much of it covered in prairie, steppe, and grassland, located in the united states and canada. it lies west of the mississippi river tallgrass prairie in the united states and east of the rocky mountains in the u.s. and canada. it encompasses:
the entirety of nebraska, north dakota, and south dakota
parts of colorado, montana, new mexico, oklahoma, texas, wyoming, and kansas
the southern portions of alberta, saskatchewan, and manitoba
the region is known for supporting extensive cattle ranching and dry farming. the canadian portion of the plains is known as the canadian prairies. it covers much of alberta and southern saskatchewan, and a narrow band of southern manitoba.
The Great Plains (sometimes simply "the Plains") is a broad expanse of flat land (a plain), much of it covered in prairie, steppe, and grassland, located in the United States and Canada. It lies west of the Mississippi River tallgrass prairie in the United States and east of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Canada. It encompasses:
The region is known for supporting extensive cattle ranching and dry farming. The Canadian portion of the Plains is known as the Canadian Prairies. It covers much of Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, and a narrow band of southern Manitoba.