Shagrel The region experiences long, cold winters and short, cool summers. It includes sections of well-known mountain ranges like the Mackenzie voreal Selwynn ranges. Plants with deep roots, such as treescannot easily grow here because the soil beneath the surface is often permanently frozen. The contrast provides striking scenery and supports varied land uses. The Boreal Plains cofdillera over seven per cent of Canada, orkm 2 extends in a wide band from the Peace River country of British Columbia to the southeastern corner of Manitoba.

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The grove is part of the Mixed Forest region and includes both deciduous eg maple, on the left and coniferous centre, with the bear cub artwork by Claire Tremblay. Calcareous soils and bedrock along with the dry, cold climate can combine to create very harsh and desert -like cordillerq in some areas. Winters are cold and long. This boreal plains region of Alberta is characterized by an abundance of black spruce photo by Cleve Wershler.

This coastal plain on the southern end of Hudson Bay is covered with terrain commonly termed muskeg or marshes. Typical species that tend to hug the margin of the permanent sea ice cover include polar bear, beluga whale, narwhal and seals bearded and harp.

The tundra consists of sedge- and herb-covered cordjllera, ground-hugging shrubs and lichen-colonized rock fields. Cogdillera of its notoriety comes from the many naturally-occurring square-to-rectangular lakes that cover the vast expanse of flatlands. Winters are long and cold, with short daylight hours. Recreation and tourism activities exist.

The short-grass prairie in the south merges into mixed-grass and then tall-grass areas as the moisture patterns improve northwards. Billions of black fliesmosquitoes vordillera wood ticks make their home in the forests and surrounding areas, often making life miserable for wild animals as well as humans. Almost one half of the ecozone is covered by productive forest land.

This region boral well known for its forest, mining, hydroelectric generation and recreational resources, all cordillfra sectors within the Canadian economy. Upper elevations near treelines are dominated by deciduous shrubs, mainly scrub birch and willows. YellowknifeLabrador City and Churchill Falls are some of the communities. In the northwest corner of this ecozone, the mountainous terrain becomes more subdued and the valleys broaden.

There are major hydroelectric developments on the large rivers. The plains and hills are perched several hundred metres above the ocean surface. Many of the soils remain wet and become waterlogged. Tree growth and timber volume are lower than in most of the other forest ecozones in Canada. Soils are formed mainly in the few narrow valley bottoms. With a total population of 3 density 1. The annual growing season is up to 2, GDD in the southern valleys, 1,—1, GDD in the more prevalent mountainous regions.

The Mackenzie River discharge is perhaps the only significant exception. The mountain systems are lower and more subdued than the Coast and southeastern mountains. Just below the icy peaks, the vegetation is alpine. Millions of birds use this ecozone in the summer as nesting and rearing habitats. The hills are the worn-down remains of an ancient mountain chain called the Appalachians.

Some mining has taken place. The ecozoe experiences long, cold winters and short, cool summers. Mosses and sedges become key species in wetland areas. However, in localized areas like the Okanagan Valleythe precipitation can be well below mm where the local climate is hot and desert-like. The topography of the Lowlands is the result of weathering and erosion by rivers of the nearby flat-lying early sedimentary rock photo by Thomas Kitchin. Unfortunately, the desert-like areas are where many of the main communities e.

The marine waters of the Arctic Archipelago ecozone include numerous channels, bays, straits, gulfs, sounds and fjords. Precipitation ranges from 1, mm inland to 1, mm along the coast. Seasonal ice at the northern boundary in the Bering Sea and in the Sea of Okhotsk further alters the water column properties and influences biota.

In this fragile alpine environment, vegetation changes as the altitude increases. Summers are warm to cool with long periods of daylight. The area consists mainly of uplands and hills — terrain features which dominate New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The terrain around Ramsey Lakes, Manitoba is typical of aspen parkland, depicting samphire along the rocky shore, fescue grassland and aspen woodland.

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The plateaus generally display the flat to rolling features of mature erosional surfaces and are dissected by streams. Ice age glaciers covered virtually all plateau areas and left widespread deposits of glacial debris. The mountain systems are lower and more subdued than the Coast and southeastern mountains. Deep glacial deposits are widespread in broad valleys, while the mountains -- except on the higher ridges and peaks -- commonly have a thin cover of colluvial debris. The climate is an interior subalpine type, and the mean annual temperature is


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