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Shaded Relief Image of the Llano Estacado
Shaded Relief Image of the Llano Estacado

Llano Estacado (or Staked Plains) is a region in the southwestern United States that encompasses parts of eastern New Mexico and northwestern Texas. It is a large mesa, or tableland, and relatively flat over most of its terrain. It is dotted by numerous small playa lakes or seasonal depressions that fill with water, an important source of habitat for waterfowl. It is bounded on the north by the Canadian River, on the east by the Caprock Escarpment and on the west by the Mescalero Escarpment. The Llano Estacado covers some 35,000 square miles. Its elevation rises from 2500' in the east to over 5000' in the west, although the elevation change is imperceptible to the observer. The Llano Estacado has a semi-arid climate, characterized by long hot summers and cold winters. Most of the Llano Estacado is considered to be a part of Tornado Alley because of its numerous tornadic storms during the spring and summer. Image File history File links LlanoEstacadoShadedRelief. ... Image File history File links LlanoEstacadoShadedRelief. ... Official language(s) None Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq. ... Several mesas near Los Alamos, New Mexico. ... Playas are small, round depressions in the surface of the ground. ... Falcated Duck at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands centre, Gloucestershire, England Wildfowl or waterfowl, also waterbirds, is the collective term for the approximately 147 species of swans, geese and ducks, classified in the order Anseriformes, family Anatidae. ... The Canadian River is the largest tributary of the Arkansas River. ... The Caprock Escarpment is a geographical transition point in Texas (USA) between the High Plains/Llano Estacado to the west and the North Central Plains to the east. ... The Mescalero escarpment forms the eastern edge of the great Llano Estacado, a mesa in the south-western United States. ... Tornado Activity in the United States Tornado Alley is a colloquial term most often used in reference to the area of the United States in which tornadoes are most frequent. ...

Llano Estacado is Spanish for staked plain. It is the southern end of the High Plains section of the Great Plains and is part of what was once called the Great American Desert. The term staked plain arose after Spanish conquistador Francisco Coronado and his troops encountered this "sea of grass". Coronado, the first European to traverse the Llano, described it as follows: "I reached some plains so vast, that I did not find their limit anywhere I went, although I travelled over them for more than 300 leagues ... with no more land marks than if we had been swallowed up by the sea ... there was not a stone, nor bit of rising ground, nor a tree, nor a shrub, nor anything to go by." Most authorities believe that the term originates from the stockade-like appearance of the geologic formations which form its boundaries. A minority believe that Coronado and his men drove wooden stakes into the ground so that they could find their way out of the tall prairie grass. However, later explorers found markers of rocks, buffalo bones, and dung, not wooden stakes. [1] An anecdotal version of the origin of the name claims that the "stakes" were the long, straight stalks of the yucca plants found in the region. The High Plains are a subregion of the Great Plains in the central United States, located in eastern Colorado, western Kansas, western Nebraska, central and eastern Montana, eastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, western Texas, and southeastern Wyoming. ... The Great Plains is the broad expanse of prairie which lies east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States of America and Canada, covering all or parts of the U.S. states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota and the... The Great American Desert was an inaccurate term that described the area west of the Missouri River and east of the Rocky Mountains in the 19th century. ... Conquistador (meaning Conqueror in the Spanish language) is the term used to refer to the soldiers, explorers, and adventurers who achieved the Conquista (this Spanish term is generally accepted by historians), i. ... Francisco Vásquez de Coronado (ca. ... A tree trunk as found at the Veluwe, The Netherlands Wood derives from woody plants, notably trees but also shrubs. ... Sedimentary, volcanic, plutonic, metamorphic rock types of North America. ... Binomial name Bison bison Linnaeus, 1758 Subspecies B. b. ... Grays illustration of a human femur, a typically recognized bone. ... Rabbit feces are usually 8-10 mm in diameter, dry to the touch, and look similar to a raisin. ... An anecdote is a brief tale narrating an interesting or amusing biographical incident. ... Species many, see text For the potato-like vegetable, see yuca. ...

It should be noted that the horses of the conquistadors were the first to return to the Great Plains since their extinction in North America eons earlier. Some horses would escape, thus giving horses to some of the Native American tribes in the succeeding centuries. Before this, the dog was their largest domesticated animal. Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 For other uses, see Horse (disambiguation). ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... A Hupa man, 1923 The term indigenous peoples of the Americas encompasses the inhabitants of the Americas before the arrival of the European explorers in the 15th century, as well as many present-day ethnic groups who identify themselves with those historical peoples. ... Trinomial name Canis familiaris L. (Linnaeus, 1758) Puppy redirects here. ... Domesticated animals, plants, and other organisms are those whose collective behavior, life cycle, or physiology has been altered as a result of their breeding and living conditions being under human control for multiple generations. ...

The Llano Estacado has an extremely low population density. Most of the area is covered by large ranches and irrigated farms. Important cities on the Llano include Amarillo, Texas, Lubbock, Texas, Clovis, New Mexico, Hobbs, New Mexico, and Midland, Texas,. Nickname: The Yellow Rose of Texas, Helium Capital of the World, Rotor City USA Official website: http://www. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Hub City Location Location within the state of Texas Coordinates , Government County Lubbock County Geographical characteristics Area     City 297. ... Clovis, New Mexico is a small city in Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of approximately 32,700 (2000 census). ... Hobbs is a city in Lea County, New Mexico. ... Sand storm that passed over Midland, Texas, February 20, 1894 at 6:00 p. ...

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Llano Estacado is also the name of an award-winning winery in Lubbock, Texas. Wine Barrels A winery is a facility where fruit, usually grapes, is processed into wine. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Hub City Location Location within the state of Texas Coordinates , Government County Lubbock County Geographical characteristics Area     City 297. ...

"El Llano Estacado" is a traditional folk song adapted by Tom Russell, which, according to Brian Burns (who has recorded a version of the song with Russell), is a tale in which the "subject falls victim to the whim of a sadistic señorita and decides to take on the West Texas desert to win her hand in marriage." Folk Music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the common people. ... Tom Russell with a fan at a gig in the UK, 2003 Thomas George Tom Russell (born in 1950 in Los Angeles) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ... Miss is a title, typically used for an unmarried woman. ... Desert view in Saudi Arabia. ... A marriage is a committed relationship between or among individuals, recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
Llano Estacado - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (522 words)
Llano Estacado (or Staked Plains) is a region in the southwestern United States that encompasses parts of eastern New Mexico and northwestern Texas.
Most of the Llano Estacado is considered to be a part of Tornado Alley because of its numerous tornadic storms during the spring and summer.
Llano Estacado is also the name of an award-winning winery in Lubbock, Texas.
ESRI Map Book Gallery Volume 20: Cartography - The Llano Estacado (307 words)
The Llano Estacado is a relatively flat tableland that marks the southern extent of the High Plains in North America.
Sometimes referred to as the "Island-in-the-Sky," the Llano Estacado is well-defined by prominent escarpments on the north, east, and west.
Yet, the residents of west Texas and eastern New Mexico are closely aligned, and the Llano Estacado is perceived as a distinct and unique geographic region.
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