Canada is a massive country, with an area of more than 3.8 million square miles (10 million sq km), yet it has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Despite this, Canadians have made a wide impact on their land, much of it visible from aerial and satellite photography. Hydroelectric facilities, roads, mines, farms, ports, resource exploration, logging, canals, cities, and towns have altered much of the landscape over the years. Over the weekend, I took a virtual tour with Google Earth, and wanted to share some of these snapshots of Canada’s human landscape.
Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.07.21 PMPart of Dryden, Ontario, on Wabigoon Lake. See it mapped.
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Seismic lines, natural gas exploration activity near Edson, Alberta. See it mapped.
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A densely-built neighborhood of Cambridge, Ontario, alongside farm fields. See it mapped.
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A granite quarry near La Baie, Quebec. See it mapped.
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Detail of one of dozens of long pathways cleared for hydroelectric power lines across eastern Canada. See it mapped.
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Cloverleaf and access to a tunnel leading to Montreal on Ile Charron. See it mapped.
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A field turned into a golf course near Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec. See it mapped.
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Logging activity, access roads, seismic lines and petroleum exploration near Burnstick Lake, Alberta. See it mapped.
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A river twists among farm fields near Yamaska, Quebec. See it mapped.
Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 1.29.32 PM A grid of farm fields north of Winkler, Manitoba. See it mapped.
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The Welland Canal (blue) crosses over Welland River (tan) at top center. See it mapped. The Welland Canal connects Lake Ontario with Lake Erie, passing through Welland, Ontario.
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 Fields in southwestern Manitoba. See it mapped.
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