Prairie Ecozone Research Paper

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Register to read the introduction…The summers are warm and short. The winters are cold and long. Precipitation ranges from more than 500 mm per year in the north to less than 300 mm in the south of the Prairies. The winter mean temperatures for the coldest months vary from -9.4°C in Lethbridge and -18.3°C in Winnipeg. In contrast, the mean temperature for the warmest month in Winnipeg is 19.7°C. The grasses tend to have long roots which penetrate deep into the soil where they could find moisture. The northern edge of this ecozone marks the beginning of the transition into forest areas. Prior to agricultural settlement in the late 19th century, the Prairie ecozone was the home of millions of bison. Today, mammals of this ecozone include mule and white-tailed deer, coyote, pronghorn (south-central portion), badger, whitetail jackrabbit, Richardson's ground squirrel, northern pocket gopher and the prairie dog. Unique bird species include ferruginous hawk, greater prairie chicken, sharp-tailed grouse, American avocet, burrowing owl, great blue heron, black-billed magpie and Baltimore oriole. Plains grizzlies, swift fox and greater prairie chickens are a few of animals to disappear from the…show more content…
But the most common one is flooding. Most of the worst floods in Canada happen in the Prairies. For example the southern Alberta flood started on June 19 2013 with heavy rainfall and ended June 28 2013. There were 100,000 people evacuated from their homes and 4 people died from this tragic natural disaster. The flooding was the most expensive natural disaster ever in Canada. Insurance had to pay 1.7 billion dollars and an estimated 2.2 billion in cost. 5 ways to prepare for this natural disaster are to put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of around-level doors, install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your residence to ensure that water moves away from the building, consider installing a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in the basement floor drains, do not store your important documents in the basement and make sure you have food and water because you don’t know how long a flood could go
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