Grassland Definition

Pasture is called that extension of land that is characterized by the presence of abundant grass. These ecosystems in which herbs that grow in the wild abound can be natural or the result of human creation to raise cattle, feed cows, sheep, among others, or have a recreational or sports motivation.

grassland classes

Much of our planet is covered precisely by grasslands that can present various characteristics and this has allowed a classification into the following types of grasslands: prairies, pampas, steppes, savannah, plains, among others.

In the meadows and steppes there is a varied vegetation and the climate is characterized by presenting a very cold season and another extremely warm one.

And the savannah combines grassland with some tree species. Dryness predominates, being halfway between the desert and the jungle. They predominate in the tropics.

Characteristics of the soil and climate affect its development

The development of these ecosystems is closely linked to the prevailing climatic situation and also to the singularities of the soil. Although the grasslands are lands in which there is abundant water, they are capable of living in times of absence of rain and cold weather.

Pastures used for cattle raising and recreation

Crop pastures are those that man develops for various reasons. The meadow is the place par excellence where cattle are raised and fed. It is characterized by being a flat terrain with very little relief. It is characteristic of humid and not so cool areas and in which there is practically no drought. Livestock activity is mainly carried out in them and as a consequence of this, the land is usually intervened with fertilization and amendments to always keep it according to its purposes.

For its part, the pasture is another type of grassland modified by man dedicated to raising cattle and also for the production of firewood.

And the grass is one of the most popular grasslands that is used for ornamentation purposes in gardens and squares, and also in some spaces to develop sports activities, such is the case of rugby and soccer.

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