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Western Cordillera

geography project

paige preston

on 7 April 2011

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Western Cordillera WHERE IS THE WESTERN CORDILLERA LOCATED? The Western Cordillera is located along the west coast of North America. The famous Rocky Mountains are located in British Columbia, but the cordillera also includes in the provinces of Alberta (to the right of B.C), Yukon (north of B.C), and the Northwest Territories (also north of B.C). Aside from its location in Canada, the Western Cordillera also extends into the United States, starting at Alaska and leading down into other states below Canada. HOW BIG IS THE WESTERN CORDILLERA? WHAT VEGETATION IS THERE IN THE WESTERN CORDILLERA? WHAT IS THE GEOLOGIC FOUNDATION OF THE WESTERN CORDILLERA? WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE WESTERN CORDILLERA? This region is mostly filled with mountain ranges seperated by plateaus and valleys. Mountains in the eastern area are mostly fold mountains made up of sedimentary rocks. The interior mountain ranges and plateaus contain folded sedimentary, volcanic strata, and metamorphic rocks. Mountains on the West Coast include metamorphic rocks and interlocking igneous intrusions, but most mountains are similar to the ones on the interior. There is a variety of new and old mountain ranges, however they are not all worn down by erosion. The eastern part of the ranges, including the Rocky Mountains, have extremely high peaks. The rivers and streams flow into east and west into the main bodies of water, including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Hudson Bay, James Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. WHAT DOES THE TERM "CORDILLERA" MEAN? The term "cordillera" means "mountainous" or "mountains." The vegetation in the Western Cordillera includes rocky, high-peaked mountains, varying types of trees, including evergreen trees such as the Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, and Hemlock. The largest species of trees in the world, known as the ‘Giant Sequoia‘, also grow in this region. Higher in the mountains, trees grow much smaller due to the higher altitudes. The cordillera is about 800km wide and extends northwest about 2000km over the Alaskan border. This region covers a total of 1.6 million km2, which is 16% of Canada. The lowest point of the cordillera is at Death Valley in California, USA. The highest point is at Mount Logan in the Yukon Territory, Canada. There is a wide range of wildlife, including caribou, falcons, moose, deer, squirrels, wolverines, golden eagles, grizzly bears and mountain goats. The city with the largest population in this region is Vancouver, British Columbia of 600,000 people. The Western Cordillera attracts people not just for the mountain ranges and winter sports, but for other recreational activities like fishing, rafting, golf, mountain biking, canoeing, and horseback riding. BIBLIOGRAPHY http://www.handwrote.com/wes.html Canadian Geography: "The Western Cordillera" Copyright 2007 (No Author Found)
-http://wcordillera.blogspot.com/ The Western Cordillera: "Welcome to The Western Cordillera" Author: Sandra Woo, Vancouver Last Modified: October 2, 2008
http://projects.cbe.ab.ca/ict/2learn/kdwajda/canada/studentwork/cordillera.htm Student Projects: "Cordillera" Author: "Brandi, Brandon and Kenny" Last Modified: December 2003
http://gsc.nrcan.gc.ca/cordgeo/index_e.php Natural Resources Canada: "Cordilleran Geoscience" Last Modified: November 28, 2007 (No Author Found)
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0006275 The Canadian Encylopedia: "Phyisographic Regions: Cordillera" Last Modified: 2011 (No Author Found) INFORMATION PICTURES http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/15790/Moraine-Lake-Banff-National-Park-Alberta-CanadaBritannica Online Encylopedia: "Moraine Lake"
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http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/geographic.html Knights Canadian Info Collection: "The Many Geographic Regions of Canada"
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Coolwater Lake: "The Western Cordillera"
No Author/Copyright found THANK YOU :) by: Paige Preston
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