Minnesota Plant Life

Minnesota Plant Life

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Minnesota Plant Life

Minnesota Plant Life

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Purpose of this book. In the pages of this book I hope to give the reader an idea of the diversified plant life which occupies the air, the soil and the waters of Minnesota. First of all, it must be remembered that plants although passive creatures are quite as truly living beings as are the more active animals. Just as men and women, either themselves or their ancestors, have entered the state from some other region, so also have plants, according to the nature of each, found their way and selected their abodes. It is no easy problem to determine why some family has chosen one village rather than another. This may have been from causes which are too subtle or too remote for analysis, but it is recognized that people have not come to make their homes without some reason which seemed sufficient to them or to their forefathers. So, too, there is always some reason for the appearance at a particular spot of one kind of plant rather than another, and it is possible in a general way to explain the vegetation of the hills and meadows of the state.

Minnesota geography. A glance at the map will show that the State of Minnesota lies between the 43rd and 49th parallels of north latitude and between the 89th and 97th meridians west, and that it is centrally located in the North American continent. Within its domain rises the Mississippi and by this great river the surplus rainfall of the state is in large measure carried away to the Gulf of Mexico. The northwestern portion, by the Red river and its tributaries, is drained through Lake Winnipeg into Hudson bay, while a few streams flow in the vally of the St. Lawrence to the Atlantic ocean. Minnesota, therefore, is not only geographically but hydrographically central. Hence it might be supposed that its plants . . .

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