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The western boundary of the plains is usually well-defined by the abrupt ascent of the mountains.
The eastern boundary of the plains is more climatic than topographic. of annual rainfall trends a little east of northward near the 97th meridian.
It has an area of approximately 500,000 sq mi (1,300,000 km The term "Great Plains", for the region west of about the 96th and east of the Rocky Mountains, was not generally used before the early 20th century.
Nevin Fenneman's 1916 study Physiographic Subdivision of the United States Today the term "High Plains" is used for a subregion of the Great Plains.
The weaker uppermost strata have been eroded down to the level of the plains where their upturned edges are evenly truncated.
The next following harder strata have been sufficiently eroded to disclose the core of underlying igneous and metamorphic crystalline rocks in about half of the domed area.
It extends northward from the Mexican boundary far into Canada.
Much of the region was home to American bison herds until they were hunted to near extinction during the mid/late-19th century.
There are also the occasional lava-capped mesas and dike formed ridges, surmounting the general level by 500 ft (150 m) or more and manifestly demonstrating the widespread erosion of the surrounding plains.
All these reliefs are more plentiful towards the mountains in central Montana.
The northern section of the Great Plains, north of latitude 44°, including eastern Montana, north-eastern Wyoming, most of North and South Dakota, and the Canadian Prairies, is a moderately dissected peneplain. The strata here are Cretaceous or early Tertiary, lying nearly horizontal.
The surface is shown to be a plain of degradation by a gradual ascent here and there to the crest of a ragged escarpment, the escarpment-remnant of a resistant stratum.In Canada the term is little used; Natural Resources Canada, the government department responsible for official mapping, treats the Interior Plains as one unit consisting of several related plateaux and plains.There is no region referred to as the "Great Plains" in The Atlas of Canada.It covers much of Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, and a narrow band of southern Manitoba.