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Grasslands (Exploring Our World)

Terry Jennings

Grasslands (Exploring Our World)

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Published by Marshall Cavendish Corp .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Ecology,
  • Grassland ecology,
  • Grasslands,
  • Human geography,
  • Juvenile literature,
  • Children: Grades 3-4

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages48
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8311453M
    ISBN 100863079563
    ISBN 109780863079566
    OCLC/WorldCa18013982

    Grasslands of the Upper Coastal Prairie, north of San Antonio Bay, are dominated by little bluestem, brownseed paspalum Paspalum plicatulumIndian grass, and low panic Dichanthelium species. They are generally open and fairly flat, and they exist on every continent except Antarctica, which makes them vulnerable to pressure from human populations. These shortgrass communities grade into midgrass Piedmont grasslands at higher elevations, and tobosa Hilaria mutica occurs on run-on clay flats within a matrix of desert shrublands at lower elevations. Plowing cut tallgrass root systems and interrupted reproduction. The author examines: the natural history of southern grasslands their origin and history geologic, vegetation, and human biological hotspots and endangered ecosystems physical determinants of grassland distribution, including ecology, soils, landform, and hydrology fire, herbivores, and ecological interactions.

    When they crossed the Mississippi River they came into some very tall grass, some as high as 11 feet. More than native grass species live in Texas. As previously stated, these vegetation types differ little from each other, a savanna being merely a grassland with scattered trees. Their stems can grow again after being burned off. In some places expansion of grasslands to something approaching their modern extent occurred only during the extremely cold, dry intervals—called ice ages in north temperate regions—of the past two million years. Natural history has been on a declining trajectory for decades, as theory and experimentation have dominated the field of ecology.

    Highveld grassland near Heidelberg, S. Threats to natural grasslands, as well as the wildlife that live on them, include farming, overgrazinginvasive speciesillegal huntingand climate change. As defined, the Blacklands consist of about What they all have in common are grasses, their naturally dominant vegetation. There was less rain in the summer and the winters got colder. It sets a new standard for scientific literature and is essential reading not only for those who study and work to conserve the grasslands of the South but also for everyone who is fascinated by the natural world.


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Grasslands book

Woody plants, shrubs or trees, may occur on some grasslands. Also included are examples of ongoing restoration projects, along with a prognosis for the future.

Threats to natural grasslands, as well as the wildlife that live on them, include farming, overgrazinginvasive speciesillegal huntingand climate change. But this resiliency does not equate to immunity. Included are Macartney rose Rosa bracteataChinese tallow tree Sapium sabiferummesquite Prosopis glandulosaand huisache Acacia farnesiana.

There can be up to 25 species of large plant-eaters in a given grassland habitat, comprising a sort of buffet where different grasses appeal to different species.

Central Eurasian grasslands are referred to as steppes, while African grasslands are savannas. These were the short-grass prairies. There was less rain in the summer and the winters got colder. At the higher latitudes of the Southern Ocean they form the main vegetation of subantarctic islands.

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Tropical grasslands occur in the same regions as savannasand the distinction between these two vegetation types is rather arbitrary, depending on whether there are few or many trees. Specific threats to grasslands: Poor agricultural practices can ruin soil and strip grasslands of life.

Solutions to grassland problems: Continue education efforts, particularly among farmers, on how to protect the soil and prevent soil erosion. Most of the Edwards Plateau still consists of native sod, though there has been a long and continuing history of heavy, abusive grazing by domestic livestock.

In fact, less than 1 percent of the original Blackland Prairie remains approximately as it once was. The Edwards Plateau comprises about seventeen million acres in Central Texas.

Plants and animals[ change change source ] There are few trees in the grassland because of the low rainfall. The sandier soils of the southern High Plains were historically dominated by sand dropseed, little bluestem, plains bristle grass, cane bluestem, and short grasses along with scattered mesquite and sand sage.

The area was primarily shortgrass prairie in pre-European settlement times, dominated by blue grama Bouteloua gracilis and buffalo grass Buchloe dactyloides.

All areas of grassland may owe something of their area and character to a long history of interaction with humans, particularly through the medium of fire. They became widespread toward the end of the Cretaceous period, and coprolites of fossilized dinosaur feces have been found containing phytoliths of a variety of grasses that include grasses that are related to modern rice and bamboo.

Grasslands in the southern hemisphere tend to get more precipitation than those in the northern hemisphere, and the grass tends to be the tall-grass variety. Droughts, fires, or episodes of heavy grazing favour grassland at some times, and wet seasons and an absence of significant disturbances favour woody vegetation at others.

The chalk grassland of southern England is quite short, often with small, delicate flowers. The lower coastal prairie supports little bluestem, cane bluestem Bothriochloa barbinodistall dropseed, and a variety of midgrasses.

Aristotle wrote that things change continually. Seminatural grasslands may occur where woody vegetation was once cleared for agricultural purposes that have since been abandoned; a return to the original vegetation is prevented by repeated burning or grazing.

As previously stated, these vegetation types differ little from each other, a savanna being merely a grassland with scattered trees. Biodiversity and conservation[ edit ].

Species richness is particularly high in grasslands of low soil fertility such as serpentine barrens and calcareous grasslands, where woody encroachment is prevented as low nutrient levels in the soil may inhibit the growth of forest and shrub species.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association. Grasslands were dominated by little bluestem, Texas cup grass Eriochloa sericeacommon curly mesquite, cane bluestem, and sideoats grama.

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Nachusa Grasslands is significant because the site contains numerous prairie remnants, residuals of the most threatened major ecosystem in the world. It is an unusually diverse mosaic of prairie, wetlands, and savannas which encompasses a rich diversity of plants, birds, reptiles, insects, mammals, and interesting geological features.

Soil Nematodes of Grasslands in Northern China presents research on China’s temperate grasslands, providing the findings and results of a large field survey along a transect across the northern temperate grassland. It examines nematode distribution patterns along the transect from trophic group and family, to genus level, also evaluating their relationship with climatic conditions, plant.

National Grassland is a classification of protected and managed federal lands in the United States authorized by Title III of the Bankhead–Jones Farm Tenant Act of For administrative purposes, they are essentially identical to United States National Forests, except that grasslands are areas primarily consisting of atlasbowling.com National Forests, National Grasslands may be open for.

Grassland Biome. Biotic Factors: Plants-Milkweed, Indian Grass, Purple ConeflowerAnimals-Bumble Bee, Badger, CoyoteAbiotic Factors: Average precipitation inchesAverage temperature degrees FahrenheitSoil types-Black soil, Clay soil, Lateric, LoessHuman Interaction: Many humans live in the grassland biome.

Humans exploit the grasslands by farming and urban development, and hunting.