The Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Lowlands

The Saint Lawrence Lowlands is a great place to start a new business, especially a
mining business. The Saint Lawrence Lowlands is a place full of many underground resources such as zinc and lead, which is why this place is in need of miners.

The Physical Landscape

The physical landscape of the Saint Lawrence Lowlands consists of a rolling landscape. It is made up of many small hills and slopes, along with a few patches of flat or plain land. The rolling landscape was created by glaciation. Long ago, retreating glaciers dug holes that were filled with water, creating the great lakes,and left behind many patches of rocks, soil, sediments and different types of minerals. Large bodies of water, fertile soils and and forests and hills are found in this land form. The fertile soils and hills make it easier for us to dig into the ground and take out some of the riches such as lead. Many waterways can also be found here. The physical landscape makes the Saint Lawrence Lowlands more appealing and beautiful to the eye, which is a huge plus if you wanted to start a business here.

This is the view from the middle of the Saint Lawrence River. You can see the flat, agricultural lands followed by the hills.

The Climate

The Saint Lawrence Lowlands has a continental climate. The winters are short but very cold, while the summers are long and humid. During the summer, the five great lakes tend to maintain or lower the temperature. Due to the great lakes, there is a lot of moisture in the air, which also causes a lot of precipitation throughout the year. This precipitation is also the cause of humid summers. The Saint Lawrence Lowlands is the closest region of Canada to the equator. The great lakes also raise the temperature of the area for the winter season. The winter season is often unpredictable. Winters can turn out to be cold and sticky or just cool and dry due to the humidity from the great lakes. When the cold arctic air interacts and mixes in with the warm gulf masses, the outcome is usually unstable, resulting in a lot of precipitation (ice storms, blizzards and dense fog). There can be up to 80 cm of snow each year but the snow melts really quickly due to the heat radiating off the great lakes. The winter unpredictability is caused by the land form and bodies of water. The nice long summer that are humid and cool makes it perfect conditions for mining. Even the winters don't effect the mining season that much.

This graph shows the amount of precipitation and the average temperature per month.
Winter in the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

Vegetation and Soil

Due to the high amount of precipitation, humidity and sunlight throughout the year, the soil is very rich and fertile, allowing many crops to be grown here. If the idea of mining doesn't seem appealing to you then farming here would be another excellent choice. Scientists believe that this area was once a large sea full of iron, zinc, copper, diamond, silver, gold and many more resources. Layers upon layers of sediments fell upon the sea floor gradually. Once the sea dried up it left behind very rich and fertile soil. The good soil makes this place the second largest farming area in Canada. The good soil also makes it easy for miners to dig out the minerals underground. Many trees (deciduous and coniferous) such as walnut, maple, hemlock and oak trees are grown in this area. Tobacco plants, peaches, cherries, grape vines, apples, hay, carrots and beans can also be grown and found here.

Geology/Rock Types

Around Lake Ontario and Lake Erie you can find sedimentary rock. These sediments is what provides this area with rich, fertile soil. The retreating glaciers left behind these sediments and minerals that, overtime, started to form this land. The sediments were also created by many organisms and plants the fell into the water in this area long ago, creating the many layers of sediments. These sediments created flat land that helps with agriculture, but also created smalls hills that are full of minerals which are very easy to access.

Risk of Natural Disasters

Because the Saint Lawrence Lowlands is very close to 5 major bodies of water, the colliding plates often cause earthquakes. These earthquakes happen all the time the magnitude is so small you can barely feel the ground moving, so there isn't a big risk of huge destruction caused by earthquakes. Although damage done by earthquakes is very little to none, many floods can happen here. The large bodies of water cause a lot of precipitation, and too much precipitation can cause floods.

Human Activities

The Saint Lawrence Lowlands has many amazing things to offer. The great soils allow farming, agriculture and fresh foods. You can go fishing, water skiing, boating, canoeing or swimming in the great lakes. There are also many resources that are available like fresh water, arable land, fertile soil, sand, lead, zinc, silver and much more.

So in conclusion, The Saint Lawrence Lowlands has many things to offer. Opening a business here, especially a mining or farming business, would not be something you would regret. This place is one of the most beautiful places in Canada and has everything from fresh water to summer activities to open job and money-making opportunities. Choose The Saint Lawrence Lowlands to open business and it'll be worth it!

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