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A relatively level area of natural land that is covered with grass and often wild flowers. Meadows can be found in low as well as high altitudes, and in a variety of climates. In the American Southwest, small, open grasslands are a typical feature of the otherwise densely forested mountains, and can also occur around sources of water such as rivers and lakes.

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"A Meadow in El Malpais National Conservation Area, New Mexico, July 23, 2012" by Bob Wick, BLM is licensed under CC BY.