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Foreword
Preface
Glossary

Chapter 4: Climate

4.7: The Little Saskatchewan River and Its Valley North of Elphinstone in Late Winter

The photo shows the upper reaches of the Little Saskatchewan River 1 flowing south from Riding Mountain and cutting through an area of hummocky ground moraine. The river is meandering on a flood plain 2 up to 1,200 feet (366 m) across, with numerous cutoffs 3. On this late winter photo, water covers much of the floodplain resulting in a very dark tone 4. Numerous lakes occupy hollows in the ground moraine. All the winter snow cover has melted from the land, but ice still exists on several lakes usually producing a light tone 5, but in two cases the ice is dark-toned 6.

Some of the land has been cleared for agriculture, but because of the hummocky terrain and thin soils woodland remains 7. On the agricultural land harvesting patterns from the previous year can be seen 8, and several fallow fields exhibit the characteristic light-toned crests 9. The route ways in the area are gravel roads often influenced by the terrain to digress from the DLS grid 10. One road crosses the Little Saskatchewan River 11, and in the north a path traverses the river 12, but it is flooded at this time.

Figure 4.7: The Little Saskatchewan River and Its Valley North of Elphinstone in Late Winter

Figure 4.7: The Little Saskatchewan River and Its Valley North of Elphinstone in Late Winter

Figure 4.7

Vertical air photograph: A19491-23

Flight height: 9820 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.47 mm

Date: April 20, 1969

Scale: 15,800 (approx.)

Location: Township 19; Range 21 WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain

1:50,000 62K/9 Elphinstone