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Transcript of Cordillera Region
The Cordillera region includes British Columbia, the Yukon and parts of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The Rocky Mountains are located in this region along the western coastline.
Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan, is found in the southwest corner of the Yukon. The area between the mountain ranges is known as the interior plateau. This region is flat and used for farming.
The climate is varied in the Cordillera region. On the west coast it is warm air from the Pacific Ocean is forced to rise over the Rocky Mountains. As the air rises and cools, it dumps its precipitation. On the other side of the mountain, the interior plateau gets much less rain or snow. Summers here are very warm.
Many large rivers flow into this region. Two large hydroelectric dams can be found in the southern part of the Cordillera. The Revelstoke Dam is found on the Columbia River and the W.A.C. Bennet Dam is found on the Peace River.
The Cordillera region is also rich in natural resources including gold, copper, asbestos, gravel, silver, zinc and lead. Minerals mined here are sold all over the world.
The Cordillera is best known for its forestry. The thickest forests in Canada are found in this region. Forest resources are used to make paper, plywood, furniture and cardboard.
The Pacific Ocean and many lakes and rivers make the region a prime area for fishing salmon and other kinds of fish. It is important to protect all the resources in the Cordillera.
The warm interior region makes it one of the best growing areas of Canada. Many of the apples, pears, cherries, peaches and grapes we eat come from this region.