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Johnson 1920 HighPlains
Picture of the High Plains in Haskell County, Kansas. It shows a grassy land with no trees. It also shows a buffalo wallow. (Photo by W.D. Johnson, 1897)

The Great American Desert was a term used in 1800s to describe the western part of the Great Plains east of the Rocky Mountains in North America to about the 100th meridian.

The area is now usually called the High Plains. The first term is now sometimes used to call the arid region of North America, which includes parts of northwestern Mexico and the American southwest.

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