Mining, Interior Plains



This business is going to be an association for miners/workers who are looking for jobs in the Interior Plains. We will have a store-front and a website that gives advice, but most importantly provides and presents job opportunities. In 2011-2012, there was a mining boom. We predict that in the next couple of years this may happen again. There are places in the Interior Plains that have not been drilled or mined yet. If we happen to strike something, people will come to our business for help.The mining business is also expanding. In B.C alone the amount of workers in 2010-2011 went up by more than a 1000 people. Canada is "employing roughly 383,000 Canadians at an average annual salary of more than $110,000 in 2013." It is obvious that it is a well paying job. Considering all of this, having a business that helps workers find jobs in the mining industry will be a gold mine.

the interior plains

The Interior Plains is located in between Cordillera and the Canadian Shield and is made up of these provinces and territories: Manitoba • Saskatchewan • Alberta • B.C. • North West Territories • Yukon Territories. It is mostly flat land but is still composed of hills, river valleys, foot hills, grasslands and very low mountains.


The Interior Plains has a vast selection of minerals and resources. Workers coming to your facility will definitely not be limited. Here are the 3 most common minerals and resources mined


this video shows the importance of mining in a specific region of the Interior Plains.


Why SHOULD I INVEST in this business?

If you are looking for a business to invest in then you have come to the right place! This business has to do with the job availability in the mining  industry. The Interior Plains is home to many minerals and resources that need to be mined, so there will continue to be jobs. This assures us that our business will continue to run smoothly.

There are many reasons why the Interior Plains is such a good area to mine in. But, all of it starts from the geology and formation of the land. The Interior Plains first formed in the Paleoproterozoic Era when several cratons collided and fused together. This caused the Trans-Hudson orogeny which is also responsible for the creation of the Great Plains in the United States. The Precambrian era, came afterwards and allowed metamorphic and igneous rock to form at the base of this land-form. Then, about 500 million years ago the Interior Plains were submerged in water. Sediments ( eroded and weathered rock ) from the Canadian Shield and Rocky Mountains were deposited in these bodies of water. The sediments formed layers and then through compaction/cementation, it created sedimentary rock. The sedimentary rock contained coral reefs than now hold most of the oil and gas found in the Interior Plains. Lots of mineral deposits were all left behind in seabeds once the water evaporated. Glacial deposits and  have buried this layer of minerals (particularly potash) in Earth's surface. The once existent ocean left behind swamps which can be mined for coal.

will there be any obstacles SETTING UP?

As far as physical barriers go, there will not be any obstacles. The Interior Plains has little vegetation. Most of it is covered with grasslands. The Interior Plains are located in the boreal and taiga forests which means there are some coniferous trees such as spruce, tamarack and white spruce. There are also dwarf shrubs, sedges and herbs. Although the more north you go the more emptiness and tundra you will see. Setting up a store front will not be an issue since there are no trees that are needed to be cleared.

Also, due to the little vegetation clearing trees to make space for mining and drilling will not be in the way. Minning companies will be able to save money which will allow them to spend it on drilling in new areas. Thus, creating job opportunities, that our business can offer.

will the Climate have an impact?

The climate will not have a huge impact on the business.The Interior Plains has a continental climate. This means there are cold long winters and short hot summers. It has harsh weather conditions, on average it can get to as cold as -30°C and as hot as 30°C. Therefore, in the winter time business will be slow as mines may close due to the weather. It is much colder towards Yukon and Northern Alberta especially in winter months. In the summer, in the southern parts it will be hotter compared to the rest of the land form. Since it is so far off from any oceans or big lakes, it cannot cool down or receive near water, ocean currents and air mass precipitation.

it's a guaranteed business opportunity

BUT, Are there any risks?

There will be, but they're dangers we cannot control. NATURAL DISASTERS and CLIMATE CHANGE. Due to the Interior Plains' continental climate, the winters are long and cold and the summers are short and hot. The drastically different temperatures call for unusual weather year round

1. The Interior Plains have perfect conditions for tornadoes. Tornadoes can appear in the summer or spring. During a storm, hot moist air meets cool dry air and forms unstable conditions in the atmosphere. Rising air will then change the direction of wind thus creating a spinning movement in the lower atmosphere. It will also shift the air vertically.

2. Since the Interior Plains extend further North there is a risk of blizzards and ice storms and heavy winter precipitation. This is caused because of the latitude and longitude. When the sun's energy hits the earth, it is concentrated right in the middle. Although, in northern areas it is spread over a large distance, in other words the sun indirectly shines on this area. Consequently this range is much colder.

3. Droughts in the middle of the Interior Plains are common because of the little precipitation and hot dry weather (in the summer). They do not receive relief precipitation because they are not near any big mountains. Air masses carrying moisture cannot reach the Interior Plains because they are too inland. They mostly get their rain from convectional precipitation which is when the ground heats up and causes it to rain.

Although, things like Earthquakes will not be an issue. The Interior Plains has over 500 years of tectonic stability. Flooding is neither going to be a problem because the land form is far away from any large sources of water.

it is shown here that Some parts of the Interior Plains are expected to have signifigant Tornadoes

climate change

The ozone layer protects the Earth from heating up. The hole in the ozone layer is growing  as we cause more and more damage. This has a huge effect on the business. The Interior Plains already suffers from extreme droughts because of the dry and hot air. If it gets any warmer these droughts will become exceptionally severe. It can cause wild fires affecting vegetation and the land. Mining infrastructure was not made to adapt to the extreme climates that we may have. Not much is being done about it either since the machinery is expensive and climate change is not yet noticeable. It's too far down the road for the government to bother about it. Business will go down, because workplaces will no longer be safe. Air that lacks moisture and coal do not mix well. This combination can cause explosions. Mines also use water for mineral processing, metal recovery, dust, and for the workers. Freshwater will become scarce because the heat will dry up lakes and oceans. Since the Interior Plains is also home to farms, the water will need to be shared.

It is important to know that climate change will have a negative impact on us. Glaciers and Ice Caps are not going to melt to the extent that sudden minerals will appear. With global warming, it is possible that it will cause a couple 100 meters to melt, but that is not enough to make a difference.

*The mining business is always being labeled as the number one cause of climate change. Mining does release co2 emissions and pollutants but it is necessary for a growing economy. Everyone relies on these  minerals and resources. So our business will continue running because mining will not disappear, at least not in our lifetime.

In conclusion

this business located in the Interior Plains will definitely take off due to the many factors.


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