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I have reverted recent addition to the article (a length of porly worded text duplicating most of the article has been added to its bottom, look here); if you believe that some of the material is salvageable and could be merged, feel free to. - Mike Rosoft 08:32, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

I have also edited this page by adding more suitable information to this topic as I thought that this much info is not sufficient for this topic. I hope that Wikipedia would like my changes and make it permanent in the topic. I request you to please add this to your topic of "Grasslands" —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lavi142 (talkcontribs) 02:12, 20 June 2007


The article contains this line: "Grassland habitats appeared on Earth some 70 or 80 million years ago, following the extinctions of the dinosaurs." This timeline does not jibe with the established one, cited over at Cretaceous–Tertiary_extinction_event. While dinosaur species went extinct throughout the Mesozoic, they weren't all gone until at least c. 65.5 mya (not counting birds). I'm not sure which, if either, version is correct: 70-80 mya, or post-K–T—but surely someone does? —vivacissamamente 14:59, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

In 2005 this was a decent article - what happened?[edit]

It certainly is a mess now. Looks like a lot of copy/paste. Too bad. Probably it should go back to a stub -- remove all that unsourced mess -- and start over. --Mattisse 00:53, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

User:Lavi142, who made no other edits, pasted in a very large section here on June 20. We could go back to the last version before his edit if you wanted to start over. The way, the truth, and the light 00:58, 29 September 2007 (UTC)
Indeed, as most of the added material appears to have been copyright violations. A google search shows Destruction of grasslands was lifted from Destruction of Drylands, Preserving dry grasslands from Preserving Dryland Ecosystems, and Benefits of Drylands from Benefits of Drylands. As such, I have deleted [1] the offending sections and warned [2] the user. --Kralizec! (talk) 01:20, 29 September 2007 (UTC)
Good for you! Much improved. --Mattisse 01:26, 29 September 2007 (UTC)
Yes, well done. Thank you for being bold. I was starting to wonder what to do about this poor old article. I've always been mystified by the amount of vandalism it attracts. What is it about grassland? Naturenet | Talk 08:57, 29 September 2007 (UTC)
How much vandalism does it take to make this page eligible for protection? There's an awful lot of it, sometimes several instances per day, and it isn't as if anyone has been making much in the way of positive changes to it (with some exceptions). Kralizec's text deletion was a big improvement - apart from copyright violation the text taken out wasn't very relevant anyway and was inappropriate for the article.--Graminophile 17:01, 1 October 2007 (UTC)
Good question. I just requested that the page be semi-protected. --Kralizec! (talk) 17:41, 1 October 2007 (UTC)
Our request was approved and the article has been semi-protected [3] for one week. --Kralizec! (talk) 18:49, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

Excessive Citation Tags[edit]

I know that this page needs a lot of work, and that there are plenty of unsourced statements that need citation. However, I must add that as a reader of this page, I am highly annoyed by the excessive use of the citation tag. Perhaps those of you who feel a compulsion to slap a "citation needed" tag every fifteen words could apply some of that energy to improving the page. Just an observation, and yes - I will spend some time on cleanup here. Historymike (talk) 03:45, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

All appear to have been added [4] in September by an editor who appears to have left the project that month. --Kralizec! (talk) 22:06, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


Headline text[edit]

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:11, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

Neutral grassland[edit]

I came across this term but it is not explained in the grassland article. On checking further, I find that it is used in 64 articles, all about nature reserves in England, so it must be a local usage. Should it be covered in the grassland article? Dudley Miles (talk) 16:18, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

Grassland and pastureland[edit]

What's the difference between a grassland and a pastureland? --Pablo.ea.92 (talk) 15:26, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

Pasture is where animals graze. Most pastures, but not all, are grasslands. Other types include wood pasture and moorland. Grasslands are often pasture, but not always. Itsmejudith (talk) 14:53, 1 October 2011 (UTC)