Useless information #97 - Grasslands: are they natural or man-made?
Both! There are different types of grasslands.
In terms of origin, grasslands in Central Europe can be classified into:
Natural grasslands - predetermined by environmental conditions and wild herbivores;
Seminatural grasslands - associated with long-term human activity from the beginning of agriculture during the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition;
Improved (intensive) grasslands - a product of modern agriculture based on sown and highly productive forage grasses and legumes.
Hejcman, M., Hejcmanová, P., Pavlů, V., & Beneš, J. (2013). Origin and history of grasslands in central europe - A review. Grass and Forage Science, 68(3), 345–363. https://doi.org/10.1111/gfs.12066
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