Glossary of THE INTERIOR WEST OF U.S.A.
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- Rugged areas of soft, sedimentary rock found in the Dakotas.
- What are the Badlands?
- Strong, dry mountain winds that descend from the Rockies and effect the western portions of the Great Plains.
- What is a Chinook?
- States across the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, & Texas where wheat is a major cash crop.
- What is the Wheat Belt?
- Rows of trees planted in windy areas to block the wind & protect the soil.
- What is a Shelterbelt?
- Irrigation in which large sprinkler systems mounted on huge wheels that rotate slowly are used to water crops.
- What is Center Pivot Irrigation?
- Soil and rock are stripped away by large machines to get at surface coal.
- What is Strip Mining?
- Laws requiring that mining companies recondition the land to its original state after mining minerals.
- What is Land Reclamation?
- 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?
- 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 canal for carrying running water great distances for irrigation.
- What is an Aqueduct?
- A place name that may reflect the history or culture of a region.
- What is a toponym?
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