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The Interior Plains

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Julian Lay

on 22 October 2014

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Transcript of The Interior Plains

Landform Regions

By: Julian, Matthew, and Kevin
The Interior Plains were formed during the Paleozoic era
Before their creation they were covered in shallow inland seas
Sediments were eroded from the Canadian Shield and deposited into those seas
After millions of years the pressure from the water and the other layers of sediment caused sedimentary rock to form
The winters are extensive and frigid
The summers are short and hot
Less precipitation than any other region in Canada
Because of the shape of the land and the climate it is more likely than any other region to form a tornado
Summers can get up to 30 degrees Celsius
Winters can get down to -30 degrees Celsius
The farther north you go the colder it gets no matter the season
Physical Characteristics
During the beginning of their creation they were subject to glaciation like the rest of Canada
The landscape of the Interior Plains has been shaped by forces of erosion (wind,water, and ice)
The majority of the area is prairie land
Contains flat plains with gently rolling hills, plateaus and escarpments as well
Shallow ponds and large areas of wetlands
Animal Life and Vegetation
Grasses and trees such as fir, pine, and spruce are the main vegetation in the area
Animals such as wolves, deer, elk, and antelope are common in the Interior Plains
Common grasses Bluestem, Porcupine, and June
The Bluestem grows between 3-10 feet
Porcupine grows to 8 feet
June grows to 2 feet tall
Natural Resources
The Interior Plains contain large amounts of non-metallic minerals and gas deposits
Oil, gas, gypsum, coal, and potash are just some of the minerals minerals exported
Resources like rivers, forests and rich soil are generally used within the Interior Plains
Economic Activities
The Interior Plains has a few major economic activities such as agriculture, and mining
Agriculture is split up into 2 types, livestock and vegetables
Livestock grown in The Interior Plains are cattle, pigs and poultry/chicken
Vegtables grown in The Interior Plains are, wheat, barley,oats, flax, corn, potatoes, sugar ,beets, canola, and mustard
Human Settlements
The first people to inhabit the area were the aboriginal people.
Some tribes were Plains Cree, Assiniboine, Saulteaux, Gros Ventre, Sacree, Mackenzie Detlta Inuit, and Dene
When the European people came to Canada the Aboriginal people started trading with the Europeans causing a merge in their cultures
3 Major Cities
Calgary (1,960,833)
Websites we used:
Tourist Attractions
Calgary Stampede
Calgary Zoo
Banff National Park
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