Countries with the Most Grassland

Name the countries that have the most grassland area.
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Last updated: August 8, 2017
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km2
country
6.58 mil
Australia
6.26 mil
Russia
3.92 mil
China
3.38 mil
United States
3.17 mil
Canada
1.67 mil
Kazakhstan
1.53 mil
Brazil
km2
country
1.46 mil
Argentina
1.31 mil
Mongolia
1.29 mil
Sudan
1.00 mil
Angola
.945 mil
Mexico
.898 mil
South Africa
.825 mil
Ethiopia
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Level 46
Aug 8, 2017
Missed Kazakhstan :(
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Level 80
Aug 8, 2017
If 86% of Australia is grassland, then grassland can apparently be quite desertlike.
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Level 72
Aug 8, 2017
Go to Google maps, turn on street view, and "drive" down one of the Outback roads. You'll see that although it isn't the stereotypical grasslands that you might see in the Midwestern United States, it certainly isn't a desert either.
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Level 80
Nov 17, 2017
"Approximately 35% of the Australian continent receives so little rain it is effectively desert." --Wikipedia
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Level 80
Nov 20, 2017
Some grasses can grow in very arid places.

Not all deserts are sandy and barren.
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Level 72
Apr 4, 2018
I suspect Triodia is to blame. It is a desert grass - often wrongly referred to as Spinifex, an entirely different, coastal grass. Much more sparse - it's a 'bunchgrass' - than the sort of complete grass cover you might see in the pampas in Argentina. Nonetheless, I suspect where it widely grows is being classed as grassland to bring Australia up to its high percentage.
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Level 83
Aug 8, 2017
Yeah, and with Sudan outdoing Tanzania...?
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Level 82
Aug 9, 2017
I was expecting Tanzania too.
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Level 77
Aug 9, 2017
Sudan is twice the size of Tanzania.
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Level 70
Aug 10, 2017
It absolutely can be. Look up the Savory Institute—they propose to reverse the desertification of grasslands through very careful livestock management.
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Level 72
Nov 18, 2017
Be careful of consultants and experts offering a silver bullet solution. They have some interesting theories but the main limiting factor for grass growth in arid areas is rainfall and rainfall patterns.
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Level 49
Aug 24, 2020
If you were to actually look into the Savory idea, it makes sense. They do not replace rainfall but they ensure rainfall and moisture is utilised. Livestock are used to create a climate on top of the soil that keeps the moisture in the soil and allows for all of the moisture to be utilised and only run off into natural waterways rather than easily evaporate.
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Level 50
Nov 17, 2017
A desert is defined by rainfall not landscape.
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Level 57
Aug 13, 2017
I'm surprised that Tanzania and Namibia are out of the list
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Level 42
Nov 17, 2017
Namibia has a lot of desert
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Level 52
Aug 24, 2020
Quite a vast place the desert there, can't remember its name though...
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2017
The near misses are DR Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Namibia and Tanzania. And yes, the source includes arid grasslands as long as they're not hyper-arid.
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Level 61
Nov 17, 2017
Great... guessed all of them, but missed Ethiopia...
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Level 70
Nov 17, 2017
Most of these so-called 'Grasslands' are more like sparse savannah lands, the actual grass is sparse and mixed with other grasses that are not as sustaining as what most Europeans think of as grass.
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Level 82
Nov 17, 2017
Without taking the quiz I would have bet a mint that Poland, Ukraine and possibly Germany would have been on such a list. Relatively flat places with vast soft soiled plains covered with high grass. I guess scrublands are the new grasslands.
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Level 42
Oct 18, 2020
I think the only reason they aren't, is because of how small they are compared to most of the other countries that made the list
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Level 66
Nov 17, 2017
Missed Mexico! *facepalm*
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Level 54
Nov 17, 2017
A suggestion: Jetpunk needs more 'disproportionality' quizzes. For instance, the disproportionality version of this quiz would find the average rate of grasslands in all countries, then see which countries have the most over that for their area, and finally introduce a cutoff (say, about the size of Bangladesh or similar). It's better than basic numbers (which favour large countries) or percentages (which favour small countries).
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Level 60
Nov 17, 2017
I missed only one country that I had no idea they had so much grassland, not sure if they use it for cattle! But I am going to give you a clue! is in the of South Africa but it's not RSA.
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Level 38
Apr 14, 2018
I missed Angola but I got ethiopia *facepalm*
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Level 53
Mar 22, 2019
Expected Tanzania, then I ran out of countries in Africa to guess, and guessed Sudan as a joke with a few seconds left.
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Level 65
Aug 22, 2020
Can't believe I missed China. I was sure there was a mistake in the quiz so I kept typing India. 13/14 though...