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Prairie Basin Wetlands of the Dakotas:
A Community Profile

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by

Harold A. Kantrud
Gary L. Krapu
George A. Swanson
James A. Allen, Project Officer

September 1989


"The entire face of the country is covered with these shallow lakes, ponds and puddles, many of which are, however, dry or undergoing a process of gradual drying out." So stated Charles Froebel (1870) as he described the lands along the Sheyenne and James River Valleys, Dakota Territory, during General Alfred Sully's 1865 expedition. Thus the uniqueness of North America's Prairie Pothole Region has been recognized for well over 100 years. In this Community Profile, we briefly describe the biotic and abiotic settings and features of the most common kinds of wetlands found in the portion of this region that lies in the Dakotas, and outline the natural and manmade ecological processes that affect these wetlands.


This resource is based on the following source (Northern Prairie Publication 0743):
Kantrud, Harold A., Gary L. Krapu, and George A. Swanson.  1989.  Prairie basin
     wetlands of the Dakotas: A community profile.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
     Service, Biological Report 85(7.28).  111pp.
This resource should be cited as:
Kantrud, Harold A., Gary L. Krapu, and George A. Swanson.  1989.  Prairie basin
     wetlands of the Dakotas: A community profile.  U. S. Fish and Wildlife 
     Service, Biological Report 85(7.28).  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie 
     Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/wetlands/basinwet/index.htm 
     (Version 16JUL97). 

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Slidell, LA 70458

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