Western Cordillera

Jansan’s Cordilleran Ski Resort

Climate of the Western Cordillera

Factors that influence the climate of the region are, elevation, ocean currents, wind and air masses, land relief, near water and latitude.Elevation influence the Western Cordillera because as elevation increases, the average annual temperature decreases. It affects temperature because the higher up you go, the temperature drop. It also causes precipitation because higher up, the air is thinner, the water vapour cannot be held, therefore precipitation occurs.Ocean currents influence the Western Cordillera because it is near the pacific ocean, so the water's temperature will affect the land nearby. Since the water currents are cool, the temperature stays cool in this area. The temperature of the current also depends on the temperature of the surrounding air. As region is near water, the temperature is moderating (retain heat in winter and remain cool in summer), also occurs. Therefore, in the winter stays warm keeping the land warm as well. This is opposite to what happens in summer. The Western Cordillera has a range of climates, depending on where you are located in the mountains. Close to the shore, the climate is very wet during the fall and winter, there is much rain and the summers are usually cool. Inland, there is heavy snowfall,especially high in the mountains. On the upper part of the mountains is always very cold because of the high elevation.

Rock types in the Western Cordillera

The Western Cordillera is composed of many resources. Especially rocks. The three most common rocks types in the Western Cordillera are igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and some sedimentary rocks. The Western Cordillera was created by the North American and the Pacific Plates colliding (convergent boundaries) against each other. This caused folding, faulting, and volcanic activity. This uplifted the massive block of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks form the Western Cordillera.

Vegetation of the Western Cordillera

The vegetation of the western Cordillera varies from location to location. It really depends on where you are in the western Cordillera. Maybe you are on one side of the mountain or maybe you are on the other. The lower parts of the mountains that make up the Western Cordillera are scattered with coniferous trees (pine trees). Depending on the height of the mountain, sometimes there may be no trees on top of  mountain because of the extreme cold climate(elevation). In the southern regions of the Cordillera, there aren't any trees due to lack of precipitation.  

Landscape of the Western Cordillera

The Cordilleran region of mountain are about 800 km wide along Canada’s Pacific coast. Many of the mountains rise to more than 10,000 feet. Some of the mountains are pretty small in height which indicates that some of the mountains are much younger than the Appalachians. Some of the mountain slopes are so steep that they are barely any trees. Viewed from above, the entire landscape seems to be an irregular sea of mountain ranges, trending in a north-south direction.The Coast Mountains, part of the Pacific mountain system, are another group of high mountains, with several peaks rising over 15,000 feet high; they include Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, which reaches 19,551 feet in the Saint Elias Mountains.

My Business

I had decided to open my own ski resort.My ski resort will consist of many activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tubbing and snow shoeing during the colder months and hiking during the warmer months. This will be build at the Western Cordillera. I will need some giant rocky mountains to host a ski and snowboarding resort and other winter sports. Also I will need some really heavy snow on top of those rocky mountains. During the summer there isn't lots of snow, that mean that people could do hiking a lot. But in the winter there's a lot of snowfall, that mean that people could do skiing and snowboarding a lot. The Government of Canada is offering $ 70, 000 to create a really good ski resort in Canada. The prices for each Adult from an age of (30-45) it is for $25.00, from an age of (46 and high) are free, and for each children from an age of (10-29) it is for $20.00 and for (10 and low) are free.Equipment for hiking, including a compass, sunglasses, sunscreen, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a fire starter, and a knife, but all of these equipments will be sold separately.

These activities match the landform region

My Landform region matches my activities, because my region has different kind of mountains, such as for adult, pro star skier could use the bigger mountains and for the children there are smaller mountains. There are also, steep mountains for snowboarding. In the summer people could hike on steep mountains. Hiking in Canada is the preferred term for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths). The equipment required for hiking depends on the length of the hike, but day hikers generally carry at least water, food, a map, and rain-proof gear. Hikers usually wear sturdy hiking boots for mountain walking and backpacking, as protection from the rough terrain, as well as providing increased stability.

Natural Disasters

The are many natural disasters that occur in this region. One natural disaster is an avalanche. An avalanche is any amount of snow sliding down a mountain. It can be compared to a landslide, only with snow instead of earth. Another common term for avalanche is “snowslide”. As an avalanche becomes nearer to the bottom of the slope, it gains speed and power, this can cause even the smallest of snow slides to be a major disaster. Avalanches are started when the snow packed down on the surface cannot support itself with all the weight. When another factor is introduced, such as a person’s step, this helps to loosen the snow and an avalanche occurs. Major temperature changes, rapid wind speed and man-made influences are the main causes of why avalanches occur. Earthquakes are another problem for the Western Cordillera because many rocks could break apart and it is dangerous for summer and winter sports. An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden breaking and movement of large sections (tectonic plates) of the earth's crust. The edges of the tectonic plates are marked by faults (or fractures). Most earthquakes occur along the fault lines when the plates slide past each other or collide against each other.

By: Jansan

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2 years ago

OMG! I learned so much today! thanks!

2 years ago