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Grassland steppe of eastern Mongolia near the border with Russia and China. (Photo credit: D. Prosser, USGS)

A steppe is a vast, semi-arid, flat, treeless, short grass plain, similar to a prairie. Its most prominent location on earth is the Great Steppe, covering roughly 5,000 square miles, covering most of central Asia, from Mongolia into Ukraine.

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