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Rugged areas of soft, sedimentary rock found in the Dakotas.
What are the Badlands?
home of indian reservations in North and South Dakota
Strong, dry mountain winds that descend from the Rockies and effect the western portions of the Great Plains.
What is a Chinook?
dry mountain winds blowing from the Rockies across the Great Plains
States across the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, & Texas where wheat is a major cash crop.
What is the Wheat Belt?
Breadbasket of the Interior West.
Rows of trees planted in windy areas to block the wind & protect the soil.
What is a Shelterbelt?
Windrows of trees to prevent wind erosion.
Irrigation in which large sprinkler systems mounted on huge wheels that rotate slowly are used to water crops.
What is Center Pivot Irrigation?
automated watering of crops
Soil and rock are stripped away by large machines to get at surface coal.
What is Strip Mining?
Shallow mining of soft coal with earth moving machinery
Laws requiring that mining companies recondition the land to its original state after mining minerals.
What is Land Reclamation?
a merger of conservation and primary industry
The crest of the Rocky Mtns. that divide the rivers of North America into those flowing east, and those flowing west.
What is the Continental Divide?
The elevation on mountain slopes above which trees cannot grow.
A town that once flourished but is deserted today, usually because of the nearby depletion of nearby resources like gold or silver.
What is a Ghost Town?
A town without resources and eventually people.
A canal for carrying running water great distances for irrigation.
What is an Aqueduct?
1st used by the Romans
A place name that may reflect the history or culture of a region.
What is a toponym?
Ex. Las Vega = The Meadows; Casa Grande - Grand House, Las Cruces - The Crossroads.