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Central Tall Grasslands

The Central tall grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the Midwestern United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains.

It covers a large region of southern Minnesota, most of Iowa, and a small portion of eastern South Dakota and a narrow strip going through eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. The rainfall here is 1,000 millimeters per year, which is higher than most of the Great Plains. The Northern tall grasslands are located to the north and have fewer and different species of grass, while the Flint Hills tall grasslands towards the south have a rockier landscape.

Image Caption: Approximate area of the Central Tall Grasslands ecoregion. Credit: Cephas/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Central Tall Grasslands