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Encyclopedia > Texas blackland prairies

The Texas Blackland Prairies are an ecoregion located in Texas that runs roughly from the Red River in North Texas to San Antonio in the south. It consists of a main belt of 43,000 km² and two islands of tallgrass prairie grasslands southeast of the main blackland prairie belt. An ecoregion, sometimes called a bioregion, is a relatively large area of land or water that contains a geographically distinct assemblage of natural communities. ... The Red River is one of several rivers with that name, and of two rivers with that name in the United States. ... North Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Government  - Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - City  412. ...


The main belt consists of oaklands and savannas and runs north, eastern and northwest Texas. The first island is the Fayette Prairie, encompassing 17,000 km², and the second is the San Antonio Prairie of 7,000 km². The two islands are separated from the mainbelt by the oak woodlands of the East Central Texas forests.


Because of the soil and climate, this ecoregion is ideally suited to crop agriculture. This has led to most of the Blackland Prairie ecosystem being converted to crop production, leaving less than one percent remaining (and some groups estimate less than 0.5% to less than 0.1% remaining) and making the tallgrass prairies the most-endangered large ecosystem in North America.


See also

The geography of Texas covers a wide and far reaching scope. ... An ecoregion is a relatively large area of land or water that contains a geographically distinct assemblage of natural communities. ... Clymer Meadow Preserve is a Nature Conservancy preserve located in the Blackland Prairie region of Texas. ... The Piney Woods viewed from Loop 390 outside of Marshall, Texas The Piney Woods is a terrestrial ecoregion in the Southern United States covering 54,400 mi² (140,900 km²) of East Texas, Southern Arkansas, Western Louisiana, and Southeastern Oklahoma. ... The Texas Blackland Prairies are an ecoregion located in Texas that runs roughly from the Red River in North Texas to San Antonio in the south. ...

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