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Short grass prairie should never have been plowed.  Precipitation is too low to support cropping.  With depopulation, dwindling economy, depletion of the Oglalla Aquifer and initial affects of Global Warming the region is starting to enter terminal decline as an field crop agriculturally productive area.  

Alternative land use policies have been suggested, the Buffalo Commons being the best known.  It has also been pointed out the region is would be a good place for establishing renewable energy production.  (No cite.)  Although attitudes are slowly changing, to date the inhabitants are too set in their ways to make a change.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:49:05 PM EST
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