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Great Plains | Map, Facts, Definition, & Climate | Britannica

Great Plains, vast high plateau of semiarid grassland that is a major region of North America. It lies between the Rio Grande in the south and the delta of the Mackenzie River at the Arctic Ocean in the north and between the Interior Lowland and the Canadian Shield on the east and the Rocky Mountains on the west.

Ten million years ago the high plains of Colorado had about 300 feet of sedimentary rock on top of the current level of the ground. Nearly all of that soft sedimentary rock has since eroded away. In the north-central part of the state, a few areas of harder Ogallala Formation sandstone capped and protected the softer stone underneath. One of these places is the Pawnee Buttes. These mounds of rock remain as some of the last fragments of the old high prairie landscape, now mostly washed out to ...

Ten million years ago the high plains of Colorado had about 300 feet of sedimentary rock on top of the current level of the ground. Nearly all of that soft sedimentary rock has since eroded away. In the north-central part of the state, a few areas of harder Ogallala Formation sandstone capped and protected the softer stone underneath. One of these places is the Pawnee Buttes.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: We know: You’re wondering how compelling a grassland can be. But in this sweeping remnant of Great Plains tallgrass in Strong City, Kansas, you’ll be mesmerized by the wind stirring waves on the hillside and the living museum of wildflowers at your feet. nps.gov/tapr

With eight official national parks and dozens more affiliated sites, the Midwest offers explorers of every kind the perfect place to celebrate the National Park Service. Here are some of our favorites.