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Comparing Canadian Ecozones
Transcript of Comparing Canadian Ecozones
By: Michelle Chau Mixedwood Plains Montane Cordillera Mixedwood Plains The Mixedwood Plains is in the Great lake and St. Lawrence lowlands. It is Canada’s newest landforms regions, which is less then 15,000 years old. This region is formed in the last ice age when glaciers scraped all the soil from the Canadian Shield and deposited it in the Great Lakes basin. There are a lot of flat plains, glacial hills and deep river valleys in the Mixedwood Plains. Canada's largest lakes, the Great Lakes are also located here. The Mixedwood Plains and the Montane Cordillera are both in the continental climate region. It is located in the middle
of Canada. (Not near water) There are hot summers and
cold winters. There are some precipitation. The temperature range is moderate. The natural vegetation region the Mixedwood Plains is in are: Mixed forest There are coniferous and deciduous trees because the soils are suitable for farming. And Deciduous forest There are deciduous trees because they have the most fertile soils of Eastern Canada. (Best climate and best soils) The mixedwood plains is the smallest ecozone,
but yet it has the largest population of Canada. It has a total population of 15 631 830 people and a population density of 14 606. 81 people/ km square. The largest cities in the Mixedwood plains include: Toronto With a population of 6 054 191 people Montreal With a population of 1 649 519 people Ottawa With a population of 917 550 people Quebec City With a population of 516 622 people Montane Cordillera The Montane Cordillera is in the Western Cordillera, which is the highlands. It is located on the West coast of Canada and United States. It is made from the shield peaking rather than disintegrating. In the Montane Cordillera ecozone, there are many mountains that stretch on and on. The plains and valleys are either glacial moraine or deposits from ancient lakes. There are also plateaus that are cut wide or U-shaped and many large luscious forest. The elevation, which means how high up you are, is another big influence on the climate of the Montane Cordillera. This is because the higher up you are, the colder it will get because air density decreases with elevation, making the temperature colder. So if you live on or near a mountain, it will be really cold. The natural vegetation region the Montane Cordillera is in is the Cordilleran Vegetation. The vegetation here varies as the altitude increases. This is because the climate changes as you go up the mountain. The higher up you are, the colder it gets. The climate will affect what can grow because certain things can grow in a certain temperature. Landform Region Landform Characteristics Climate Region Natural Vegetation Region Population The Montane Cordillera is a bigger ecozone compared to the Mixedwood Plains, however, it has a smaller population. It has a total population of 859 134 people and a population density of 180. 96 people/ km square. The largest cities in the Montane Cordilera include: Kelowna Kamloops With a population of 87 000 people With a population of 117 312 people Prince George With a population of 76 000 people With a population of 19 319 people Cranbrook Other Points In the Mixedwood plains, the Niagara Falls is known as
the best scenery for sight seeing. In the Montane Cordillera, the best scenery there are the mountains. Most of Canada’s industries are located in the Mixedwood Plains. This includes:
-Technology One of the largest industries in the Montane Cordillera is forestry. The Mixedwood Plains and the Montane Cordillera are both in the continental climate region. The climate is very important to me because it determines what kind of activities I can do. The continental climate is the best climate because the weather consist of both hot and cold. During the summer when it's hot, I can go swimming in the beach. When it's the winter and cold, I can go skiing. The Mixedwood Plains and the Montane Cordillera ecozones are both in the continental climate region. With what we know now about the two ecozones, let's compare them to see which is a better one for living.The main factors that are important to me and will influence my opinion on which ecozone to live in are:
-Jobs The population is vital to me when it comes to deciding where to live. I personally like to live in a populated area. This is because it's more busy and fun. There would be more stores, malls, etc. An unpopulated area makes life boring and quiet. There would be barely any shops, malls, etc. because of the small population. The Mixedwood Plains has a much larger population than the Montane Cordillera. The kind of scenery is also a major point to consider. An ecozone with scenery that I like will be good for sight-seeing once in a while. In the Montane Cordillera, the best scenery that brings many tourist are the mountains. In the Mixedwood Plains, the Niagara Falls is the best scenery. They are both pretty but I can easily choose the Niagara Falls over the mountains. The Niagara Falls is just more beautiful with the water falling! Jobs must be brought to attention before deciding where to live. You'd want to live in a place with many different job opportunities then a place with barely any different kind of jobs. Most of Canada's industries are in the Mixedwood Plains. This provides many different jobs. On the other hand, the largest industries in the Montane Cordillera is forestry. This does not give many other job opportunity. -Climate
-Job -Climate Mixedwood Plains Montane Cordillera As you can see, the Mixedwood Plains have more things I like then in the Montane Cordillera. This is why I would much rather live in the Mixedwood Plains than in the Montane Cordillera. Thank you for watching! :) The latitude, which means the distance from the equator, is a big influence on the climate of the Mixedwood Plains and the Montane Cordillera. This is because the sun is really close to the equator. Therefore, the closer the ecozone is to the equator, the warmer it will be. The further away the ecozone is to the equator, the colder it will be.