Thursday, 25 September 2014

Socials 10-4: Deconstructing the geographic regions of Canada

Today we began by creating name tags from expert instructions.  Next, we confirmed our learning from yesterday's class by quickly adding boundary lines to the outline map of Canada.  We then looked at the geographic regions map and discussed other ways we could divide Canada.  In groups, we researched details about each of the six regions (remember, there are other ways to divide this space into more regions).

Please review your notes and add three details about your region in the form of a comment below.
This map includes more regions in our "Arctic Region"


  1. The Canadian shield
    1) makes up of half of Canada's land surface
    2) was once a volcanic mountain range
    3) stretches from the Arctic island to south to the USA border

  2. The Interior Plains
    1.There are more than 4,000,000 people in the interior plains region.
    2.The Interior Plains Region is mostly flat due to more than 500 million years of relative tectonic stability.
    3.The Interior Plains were formed when cratons collided and welded together.

  3. The Interior Plains
    - have wide, flat spaces and grasslands
    - were formed by soils carried down rivers from the Canadian Shield
    - the soils formed horizontal layers of sedimentary rock

  4. The St.Lawrence Lowlands
    1. Formed mainly by the retreating ice sheets that covered most of Canada during the last ice age.
    2. Many orchards, vineyards, and wineries
    3. It is mainly located in Ontario

  5. The Canadian Shield
    - Once was a volcanic mountain range.
    - Most of the areas in this region are sparsely populated.
    - The thin soils make it unsuitable for agriculture.

  6. The Appalachian Region
    - Formed by the erosion of an old mountain range
    - Has coal and mineral deposits and fishing resources
    - Harbors link the region to shipping and trade

    The St. Lawrence Lowlands
    - Formed by retreating ice sheets
    - Has an agriculturally based economy
    - Uses the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes for transportation of goods

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  8. Arctic Regions
    -Formed from pressure on the northeast edge of the Canadian Shield.
    -Believed to hold large amounts of minerals (Diamonds)
    -This region has plains, lowlands, and mountains

  9. Appalachian Regions:
    -Extension of Appalachian mountains.
    -Old mountain range worn down by glaciers and by millions of years of erosion.
    -Large deposits of coal/minerals.

  10. The Canadian Shield Region
    Once a volcanic mountain range
    Made up of mining towns
    Full of minerals such as diamonds, gold, lead, etc.

    St. Lawrence Lowlands
    Formed by retreating ice sheets
    Agricultural economy (farms+orchards)
    Uses the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River for distribution of goods

  11. The Cordillera
    1.Erosion and rivers formed the Cordillera
    2. Mining( copper, gold, and coal) , forestry

  12. Jonah
    The Arctic
    1. Pressure at the northeast edge of the Canadian Shield pushed up sedimentary rock to form a range of fold mountains
    2. Oil, Natural gas and Minerals found in most mountains