By Norman J. Rosenberg
The North American nice Plains is a big international breadbasket yet its agriculture is under pressure through drought, warmth, destructive winds, soil erosion and declining flooring water assets. Biomass construction and processing at the Plains might partly fix a perennial vegetative disguise and create employment possibilities. This publication explores the prospect that the ecology and economic system of the Plains zone, and comparable areas, would receive advantages from the creation of perennial biomass crops.
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Winters are cold and dry; summers are warm to hot. Average annual temperatures range from 14 to 18 C. Frost-free season ranges from 185 to 230 days. Precipitation ranges from 490 to 740 mm, most falling as rain. Vegetation changes from oak savannah on the eastern boundary to tallgrass prairie of bluestem-grama on finer textured soils through most of the region, changing to sandsage-bluestem on the coarser textures soils near the province’s western edge. • The Southwest Plateau and Plains Dry Steppe and Shrub Province (#315) covers much of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.
The Great Plains (particularly the northern portion) has the most distinctly continental climate in North America. Continentality leads to interesting comparisons of the Plains climate with that of other regions of the country. For example, in January the daily minimum temperature in Amarillo, Texas, is the same as that of Detroit, some 800 km The Physical Environment 13 Figure 2-2. US counties and Canadian Census Divisions included in the Great Plains Region (∼500 miles) to its north. In July the daily maximum temperature in northcentral South Dakota is the same as that of Jacksonville, Florida.
2004, p. F. Tedrow of Rutgers University, disliked it intensely. Nonetheless, we must use it here. gov/technical/classification/orders 26 Chapter 2 Figure 2-6. ) (See Color Plates) The Physical Environment 27 such as dunes, steep slopes, and flood plains. Entisols make up about 16% of the world’s ice-free land surface; • Inceptisols are soils of semiarid to humid environments that generally exhibit only moderate degrees of soil weathering and development. Inceptisols have a wide range in characteristics and occur in a wide variety of climates.
A Biomass Future for the North American Great Plains: Toward Sustainable Land Use and Mitigation of Greenhouse Warming (Advances in Global Change Research) by Norman J. Rosenberg