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Concerns grow about disappearing ecosystem

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The humble name given to "prairie potholes" -- the ponds, wetlands and small lakes dimpling Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas -- belies the mounting concerns here and nationally about their disappearance from the landscape.

Potholes are considered key habitat for almost 200 species of migratory birds. But with federal inducements to plant more crops and the financial rewards of renting out the land, many farmers are ending land-preservation agreements.

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