Prairie Potholes

Prairie Potholes (HM29O6)

Location: Leola, SD 57456 McPherson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 44.316', W 99° 11.033'

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A haven for Waterfowl

When the last Glaciers receded from the Northern Great Plains 10,000 years ago, they left behind shallow depressions called "potholes." Some of these prairie potholes hold water temporarily, while others hold water year-round. These wetlands nurture a variety of insect and plant life, which in turn attracts great numbers of waterfowl (ducks and geese) and other wildlife. At least half of North America's waterfowl breed in the Prairie Pothole Region.

These prairie wetlands not only help produce the next generation of ducks and geese, they also help conserve water for people. Potholes reduce flooding by capturing and holding snowmelt. This helps recharge the groundwater and ensure that water is available for drinking and irrigation during drier periods.

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Millions of shallow wetlands or "potholes," dot the grasslands of the Northern Great Plains in a landscape known as the Prairie Pothole Region.
HM NumberHM29O6
Placed ByDepartment of the Interior and US Fish & Wildlife Service
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Date Added Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 485694 N 5065021
Decimal Degrees45.73860000, -99.18388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 44.316', W 99° 11.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 44' 18.96" N, 99° 11' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near SD-45, Leola SD 57456, US
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