Grassland and Wetland

The grasslands of the American Plains are habitats that are too dry for trees to grow but have enough water for grasses. Animals here have adapted to an environment with extreme temperatures, very little shelter, and a low plant variety. However, with rich and fertile soil, grasslands contain more plant mass under the ground than over it! Grasses here have extensive, deep root systems which allow the land to recover quickly after a fire or drought. They provide food and homes for burrowing animals.