By Norman J. Rosenberg
The North American nice Plains is an immense worldwide breadbasket yet its agriculture is under pressure through drought, warmth, destructive winds, soil erosion and declining flooring water assets. Biomass creation and processing at the Plains might partly restoration a perennial vegetative disguise and create employment possibilities. This booklet explores the prospect that the ecology and economic climate of the Plains sector, and related areas, would get advantages from the advent of perennial biomass crops.
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The distribution of snow in the north and rain in the south is fairly uniform from east to west in winter, but winter precipitation contributes only a small portion of the annual total. The bulk of the annual precipitation falls during the growing season from April to September. Autumn weather is usually drier in most of the Great Plains than it is farther east—a definite advantage for the harvest. It is important to realize that the foregoing describes a normal or average annual pattern of rainfall distribution.
Inceptisols are found in two large clusters: one is in eastern Montana; the other in west central Oklahoma and adjacent areas in northwest Texas. These lands are used for cropping and pasture. 4. 1. Introduction The Great Plains is a region whose climate varies from the arid in northeastern New Mexico to the sub-humid at the eastern borders of Nebraska and Kansas and central Oklahoma and Texas. So it is a region of deficit precipitation, very 28 Chapter 2 Figure 2-7. html) (See Color Plates) The Physical Environment 29 much dependant on its water resources for maintenance of its economy.
Joseph, Missouri Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota Missouri River near Culbertson, Montana Platte River at Louisville, Nebraska Yellowstone River near Sydney, Montana Kansas River at DeSoto, Kansas South Saskatchewan River at St. Louis, Saskatchewan Arkansas River at Ralston, Oklahoma North Saskatchewan River at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Red River of North Emerson, Manitoba Colorado River at Austin, Texas Red River near Gainesville, Texas Pecos River near Girvin, Texas Brazos River near Glen Rose, Texas Canadian River at Purcell, Oklahoma Cheyenne River at Cherry Creek, South Dakota Drainage area (km2) Period of discharge analysis Average discharge (M3 sec−1) 1,100,000 1958–1996 1,300 480,000 1954–1996 650 240,000 1958–1995 300 220,000 1953–1996 200 180,000 1967–1996 360 150,000 1918–1997 210 150,000 1980–1996 190 140,000 1977–1995 170 130,000 1980–1996 230 100,000 1912–1995 100 100,000 80,000 77,000 67,000 1937–1996 1937–1997 1939–1996 1970–1996 55 94 2 34 67,000 1980–1995 22 62,000 1961–1994 23 of water had been extracted from the aquifer by 2003, more than half of that in Texas.
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