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DJ is edge and corner worn, chipped around the edges. There is a small hole on the top left hand side. Book cover is in great condition, tan linen with dark green text. Previous owner signature on front end page, no other noticed markings. ; To most Americans, the word 'prairie' suggests either a romantic element in pioneer fiction or a vast expanse of level land which must be crossed in going from one coast to another. But to the botanist, the American Prairie is a wonderfully complex society of living organisms.
This book tells the story of that society- the variety of its inhabitnats; the constitiution of it several commnitites; the internal struggles for domination of the society; and the battles of the prairie as a whole against its two most vicious enemies, drought and overgrazing. Most striking, perhaps, is the story of that portion of prairie which is seldom seen - the extensive and intricate 'prairie underground', with roots occasionally extending over 20 feet deep. The information presented here is the product of long and painstaking scientific research; yet it is conveyed in terms that the general reader can understand, and it is made vivid by some 200 excellent illustrations. The expert on grasses will find here scientific data never before made available; the cattleman will aquire practical advice on how best to utilize the prairie grasses; and the layman will enjoy that rare experience of discovering a new world filled with life and struggle. ; 6" x 9"; 348 pages