The Interior Plains, a place rich with mining opportunity

Map of the Prairies

This map shows the prairies of Canada, a major part of the Interior Plains. It illustrates where the major cities of this region are located.This map also shows where the transportation routes are located. This information will help to give you ideas on where it would be safe, convenient and fruitful to build a mine.

Climate of this region

The Interior Plains has a continental climate due to the following factors, you may find this information useful when preparing to set up a mining business in the Interior Plains. Firstly, the temperature range is 28.1 degrees Celsius which is greater than 25 degrees Celsius. Secondly, the total precipitation of this region is 455.8 millimeters which is less than 1,000 millimeters. Thirdly, the seasonal distribution of precipitation in the Interior Plains is 104.2 millimeters in the winter and 351.6 millimeters in the summer, there being more precipitation in the summer. The climate of this region is influenced by winds and air masses and its latitude. The Interior Plains receives cyclonic and convectional precipitation.

Here is a climate graph for the city of Regina, Saskatchewan a part of the Interior Plains. It may give you a further insight into the general climate of the region.

The Landscape of this region

The Interior Plains are a portion of the Great Plains of North America which span from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. This information may aid you in deciding where the best locations would be to build a mine. The Interior Plains cover a distance of 2700 kilometers. The plains are much wider in the south than they are in the north a difference of 1025 kilometers. The Interior Plains is mainly composed of rolling hills and deep, wide river valleys. The land slopes gently downward from west to east. There are three different levels of elevation which have been named as the Alberta Plain, the Saskatchewan Plain and the Manitoba Lowland.

Vegetation and soil

The soil is very fertile in the Interior Plains, the following information may be found useful to those who want to start up a mining business. The first reason being, the sediments that lay on the bottoms of ancient long gone lakes made a good base for the soil. This region is known as Canada's breadbasket due to its large production of wheat, barley, canola, sunflowers and flax. The soil within the Interior Plains is calcified making it great for growing crops. It has a very thick dark o-horizon composed of humus.

Geology of this region

The following facts on this region's geology may prove useful to those seeking to set up a mining business in the Interior Plains. Sediments from the Canadian Shield and the Rocky Mountains were deposited in the inland seas that once covered the Interior Plains. Eventually, the sediments were compressed by the weight of the layers above them an transformed into sedimentary rocks. The rock layers in this region are several thousands of meters thick and took millions of years to form. The sedimentary rocks are consisted of fossils of ancient coral reefs. When the ancient seas that once covered the Interior Plains evaporated, thick layers of mineral deposits were left behind. These mineral deposits are now deep below Earth's surface, presently covered by newer rocks and glacial deposits.

The following video will provide you with information about the landscape, location of the Interior Plains and a few facts about its physical features.

Resources available in the Interior Plains

The following points will inform you on what minerals and metals you might find and where to find them if you were to mine in this region. First of all, the swamps on the rims of the ancient seas produced plants that eventually transformed into coal deposits. Second of all, there are ancient coral reefs that are presently thousands of meters below the surface of the Interior Plains they now contain deposits of oil and gas. This region is rich in potash, salt, oil and natural gas. Last of all, the relatively flat and gentle terrain makes it easier and more efficient to build oil pipes and transport minerals. Therefore, this region is a great place to set up a mining business.

Influence of climate change

Climate change will have a few impacts on the Interior Plains in the future. Firstly, climate change may cause a rise in the temperatures of this region. Secondly, the northern parts of the Interior Plains will receive more precipitation but, its southern parts will receive less. Thirdly, climate change may cause water shortages throughout the southern areas of the Interior Plains and may cause flooding in its northern parts. Lastly, Climate change can cause an increase in the number of extreme weather occurrences as a result, power supplies may be cut off. 

Risk of natural disasters

Here is a list of the natural disasters that occur in the Interior Plains and information on how they are caused. First of all, tornadoes do happen to form in this region, tornadoes are caused by a combination of a funnel cloud, a super-cell storm, strong winds and spinning clouds. A updraft of wind wraps around the storm, intensifying the rotation of the storm as a result, a tornado is formed. Secondly, floods also occur in this region particularly in its northern parts, this natural disaster is caused by a large, sudden increase in the height of the sea level of a certain body or bodies of water. Thirdly, droughts are present in the southern parts of the Interior Plains. This type of natural disaster is caused by a long period of time with little precipitation. Lastly, Blizzards also occur in the Interior Plains, these strong storms are created when warm air rises over cold air, a front is formed as these air masses are brought together and a prolonged period of lots of precipitation is a result. Now that you know the dangers of this region, you can take the appropriate precautions when setting up a mining business in the Interior Plains.

This video will give you a more in-depth look into the formation of a tornado.

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