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Western Cordillera

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Welcome To The Western Cordillera
What Is The Cordillera?
The Western Cordillera is a land form region that stands along the western edge of Canada. It consists of many mountain that are separated by valleys and some plateaus. It is widely known for containing the only remaining glaciers other then the Arctic.
Map of the Cordillera
How was the Western Cordillera Formed?
The western cordillera was formed when the Pacific
and North American plates collided. The Pacific plate
subducted under the N.A plate causing faulting and
Volcanic activity and the result was the Western Cordillera
Where is the Western Cordillera Located?
The Western Cordillera is located in western Canada and consists of certain parts of British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta and the Northwest Territories
Western cordillera
Facts about the Western Cordillera
The Western Cordillera formed during the Cenozoic Era
Most of the soil is rich and fertile thanks to the sand and salt deposited by rivers.
Most of the mountains are well over 3000 meters tall.
Mountains such as the Rocky Mountains are very steep
The mountains are much younger then the Appalachians.
They are separated by plains
CLIMATE
The western Cordillera would have 2 main climates, 1 from the Pacific Coast and the other being from the mountain ranges. There climate varies during the seasons.
In the Pacific Coast the climate is very wet during fall and winter and there are hardly any signs of snow or extreme cold. The summers in this area are much like the rest of the country.
Winters in the mountain ranges however bring a lot of heavy snowfall. The valleys are often mild with some rain. Over in the coastal region there could be up to 200 centimeters of rain!
Summer
Winter
Vegetation
Vegetation is different on each side of a mountain in this region.
Moist areas on the mountains have many evergreen trees such as the Douglas Fir growing.
In the northern part of the mountain trees grow much smaller.
Finally, In the southern parts of the mountains no trees grow at all due to the lack of precipitation.
Abbotsford skier trapped in crevasse in Rockies for a week found dead.

Mark Taylor, Abbotsford’s general manager of parks, had been missing since the evening of March 12 when he fell down the crevasse in Yoho National Park. “Rescuers had to shovel through several metres of snow inside the crevasse to recover his body,” said Parks Canada spokesman Omar McDadi in an email late Tuesday. “The rescue team and personnel are off the mountain and the body has been transferred to B. C. authorities. “The thoughts of the rescue team and all Parks Canada personnel are with the family. ” The search involving four highly experienced mountain guides had been called off earlier because of heavy snow and dangerous conditions, but McDadi said Tuesday morning the weather had cleared up and a helicopter with a rescue crew was sent to the area. “It’s a fairly technical rescue.
What types of rocks are found in this region?
The Western Cordillera is made up of 3 rock types:
Metallic Minerals: found in igneous rock
Non-Metallic Minerals: Include metamorphic and sedimentary rock
Energy Minerals: Coal, Natural gas etc.
Human Activities in the Western Cordillera.
Some major activities that take place are Mountain climbing/hiking/biking, Skiing and fishing. This would depend on the climate and the location.
Creation of the
Western Cordillera
a long time ago,There were 2 pieces of land that was separated by a large body of water. On the left side lived two brothers, and on the right side lived evil, vicious minions. The older brother was named Poutine, and the younger brothers name was Fries. They were very strong and intelligent
Fries, wanted to travell to the other side, but he had no way of getting there. Then he gathered some tools and built a boat out of wood. After building the boat Fries travelled to the other side.
Fries made it to the other side, but as soon as he got of the boat, little minions surrounded him. He diddn't know what to do so he started attacking, but before he could do so the minions captured him and locked him up.
Poutine was waiting eagerly on nthe other side of the ocean. A week had passed by and there was no sight of Fries. So Poutine decided to go and bring his brother back. He built a boat out of wood and he made sure to have powerful tool, just incase.
Poutine made it to the other side. He was realy and he knocked most of the Minions down.
Suddenly, the earth started to shake and the creatures didn't know what was happening. Poutine actually knew what was going on because it happened to him a long time ago. This rumbling seemed much worse but he figured out this was his chance.
Poutine tricked the minions and and went to go free his brother, he found his brother locked up in a cage, he went to free him up. while he was doing tht he told him what was happening, they both decided to run away from the water as fast as possible. While they were running the water begun to rise and spread out
Out of the water volcanoes erupted and magma came out. All of the Minions were too late and were wiped out. The boys were still running as fast as possible and made it out alive. They looked back and saw the volcanoes standing tall above the land. It was a beautiful sight. Over 2 billions years passed and the formation of the rocks and mountains changed. This resulted in the Western Cordillera
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