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Department
Geography
Course
Geography 2010A/B
Professor
Suzanne Greaves
Semester
Fall

Description
Western Mountains – Nov 18 ­ Physiographic region ­ BC: A political unit Keywords 1. Growing “heartland” 2. Rapidly growing population 3. Staple Hinterland  ­ mining, fishing, forestry (key topic in chapter; still the characteristic activity in  Canada)  ­ Japan: major investor in resource activities in BC  ­ Immediate control over the resources not necessarily in Canada 4. Asian Influence  5. Land Claims 6. Temperate forest 7. Mountains General physiography ­ NW­SE trending mountain chains on the east and the west ­ Queen Charlotte’s: Insular mountains ­ In the south, the kootenays ­ Mountain complexes to the north and to the south ­ These complexes pinch off the central plateau ­ Plains in the NE corner. Underlain by sedimentary rock  ­ Regions of B.C. Vancouver Island ­ Mountainous backbone ­ Indented west coast (fishing villages) ­ Mild climate ­ Luxuriant forest (Old growth forests. Coniferous vegetation, very lush) ­ Most of the agriculture is for local consumption, located near Victoria ­ Lower Mainland ­ Only area of reasonably flat land ­ Part of heartland B.C ­ Good agriculture climate  ­ This is due to alluvial soil ­ A major agricultural area in the province ­ Vancouver is the leading west coast port Thompson ­ Interior Plateau ­ Relatively dry ­ Forested with open range land ­ Cattle grazing ­ Transportation corridor ­ Okanagan ­ Dry, sunny, warm summers – seasonal recreation for Vancouver ­ Grasses and dry forest ­ Dry forest: trees very widely spaced. Spaced this way to acquire enough moisture via  roots in order to survive ­ Irrigation is required ­ One of the primary fruit growing areas in Canada Kootenay ­
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