"The purpose of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is to preserve, protect, memorialize, and interpret the cultural and natural resources, including landscape, pertaining to the Battle of the Little Bighorn"….-Little Bighorn National Monument foundation document.Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is more than a battlefield and monuments. Its' 765 acres are situated between true grasslands and the shrub-steppe ecosystem of the intermountain west. This integration of habitat types allows more species to coexist in a very dynamic landscape.
Volcanism, uplift, erosion and other geologic forces have determined the topography and soils at the battlefield. Advancing and retreating glaciers further transformed the landscape while cooling and warming conditions created new possibilities for life. Through ecological succession (the gradual process by which ecosystems change and develop over time), the natural appearance of the landscape and historic battlefield have changed, but remain similar to how it looked in 1879.
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