Canada's boreal forest

Author: J. David Henry

Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Scholarly Pr


Category: Nature

Page: 176

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In Canada alone, the boreal forest (also called the taiga) covers more that 1.5 million square miles, fully one-third of the country and 20 percent of the entire North American continent. Terminating to the north with the treeless tundra, this region is inhabited and utilized by indigenous people and is home to unique populations of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. J. David Henry challenges the perception of the boreal forest as an economic wasteland by explaining how economically and ecologically valuable it is.

Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Basin

Archaeology and Palaeoenvironments

Author: Brian M. Ronaghan

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 1926836901

Category: Social Science

Page: 565

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Over the past two decades, the oil sands region of northeastern Alberta has been the site of unprecedented levels of development. Alberta's Lower Athabasca Basin tells a fascinating story of how a catastrophic ice age flood left behind a unique landscape in the Lower Athabasca Basin, one that made deposits of bitumen available for surface mining. Less well known is the discovery that this flood also produced an environment that supported perhaps the most intensive use of boreal forest resources by prehistoric Native people yet recognized in Canada. Studies undertaken to meet the conservation requirements of the Alberta Historical Resources Act have yielded a rich and varied record of prehistoric habitation and activity in the oil sands area. Evidence from between 9,500 and 5,000 years ago—the result of several major excavations—has confirmed extensive human use of the region’s resources, while important contextual information provided by key geological and palaeoenvironmental studies has deepened our understanding of how the region’s early inhabitants interacted with the landscape. Touching on various elements of this rich environmental and archaeological record, the contributors to this volume use the evidence gained through research and compliance studies to offer new insights into human and natural history. They also examine the challenges of managing this irreplaceable heritage resource in the face of ongoing development. Contributors: Alwynne Beaudoin, Angela Younie, Brian O.K. Reeves, Duane Froese, Elizabeth Roberston, Eugene Gryba, Gloria Fedirchuk, Grant Clarke, John W. Ives, Janet Blakey, Jennifer Tischer, Jim Burns, Laura Roskowski, Luc Bouchet, Murray Lobb, Nancy Saxberg, Raymond LeBlanc, Robert R. Young, Robin Woywitka, Thomas V. Lowell, and Timothy Fisher

Caring for Eeyou Istchee

Protected Area Creation on Wemindji Cree Territory

Author: Monica E. Mulrennan,Colin H. Scott,Katherine Scott

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774838612

Category: Science

Page: 428

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How do Indigenous communities in Canada balance the development needs of a growing population with cultural commitments and responsibilities as stewards of their lands and waters? Caring for Eeyou Istchee recounts the extraordinary experience of the James Bay Cree community of Wemindji, Quebec, who partnered with a multi-disciplinary research team to protect a territory of great cultural significance in ways that respect community values and circumstances. By addressing fundamental questions such as what should be protected and how, Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners reveal how protected area creation presents a powerful vehicle for Indigenous stewardship, biological conservation, and cultural heritage protection.

Arctic and Alpine Biomes

Author: Joyce A. Quinn

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

ISBN: 9780313340178

Category: Nature

Page: 218

View: 9274


This volume in the Greenwood Guides to Biomes of the World: series covers the biomes at high altitudes and near the poles, including the arctic tundra biomes, the Mid-Latitude Alpine Tundra Biome (found in the mountain ranges of North America, Asia, and South America), and the tropical alpine tundra biome (for example, Hawaii). It examining all aspects that define these biomes: - Vegetation - Geographical Distribution - Soil - Challenges posed by the environment - Adaptation of the plants and animals to the environment - Conservation efforts Maps, photos, diagrams, drawings, and tables accompany the text, as do sidebars that highlight habitats, species, and ecological relationships. The volume includes a bibliography of accessible resources for further research.

The Natural History of Canadian Mammals

Author: Donna Naughton,Canadian Museum of Nature

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442644834

Category: Nature

Page: 784

View: 5541


"The selection of species to include in this book was based on two principles: 1. Those that in recent times had a viable, naturally occurring wild population in Canada, its continental islands, or in the marine waters of its continental shelf ... [and] 2. Species introduced into Canada by humans"--P. xiv.

Boreal Forest Adaptations

The Northern Algonkians

Author: A. Theodore Steegman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 146133649X

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 2848


The chapters making up this volume are not just a collection of parts which were more or less on the same topic and happened to be available for cobbling together. Instead, they were written especially for it. We had before us from the beginning the goal of creating a synthesis of interest to students of environmental adaptation, but adaptation broadly construed, and to one of the world's difficult environments-the boreal forest. This is anthropology-but not anthropology of the old school. A word of explanation may be in order. Ecologists and those in traditional biological sci ences may find some of what follows to be familiar in format and in intellectual approach. Others of our perspectives may feel less comfortable and in fact may seem to be refugees from scholarship more of the sort pursued by historians. All that is quite true and rather nicely reflects the dualities and potential of anthropology as a discipline. We have always drawn strength from the arts as well as the sciences. We have more recently tried to identify biological templates for human behavior, and to understand the reciprocal impact of behavior on the human organism. Anthropology is a discipline, part art and part science, which is at once historical, behavioral, societal, and biological. No species has left a clearer path through time than has ours, and none has made its way through such a diversity of challenging environments. Determining how humanity has managed to do that is our goal.

Temperate Forest Habitats

Author: Barbara Taylor

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP

ISBN: 9780836872576

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 7380


Introduces the plants and animals that live in temperate forests around the world, showing how their physical characteristics and behaviors help form an ecosystem.

Library Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 2735


Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.