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Foreword
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Glossary

Chapter 5: Vegetation

5.22: Part of Delta Marsh West of Delta Beach on the South Shore of Lake Manitoba

Delta Marsh extends for over 25 miles (40 km) along the south shore of Lake Manitoba 1. The marsh, which experiences large water level fluctuations, has never been reclaimed for agriculture, in contrast to land further south. This photo of the western end of the marsh shows a series of small streams 2 draining to the lake and several lakes 3. The distribution of open water and aquatic plant vegetation make this internationally famous delta marshland an ideal habitat for duck breeding. Ditch reed, bulrushes, and cattails are common aquatic plants. The beach is gentle with sand bars 4—often with a boulder barrier 5 at the back—driven into place by ice during the winter.

The University of Manitoba operates a research station on the delta, but the only indicator of human activity is a path along a levee 6 with offshoots to west 7 and east 8, the latter running along the south edge of the only woodland in the area 9.

Figure 5.22: Part of Delta Marsh West of Delta Beach on the South Shore of Lake Manitoba

Figure 5.22: Part of Delta Marsh West of Delta Beach on the South Shore of Lake Manitoba

Figure 5.22

Vertical air photograph: A18621-45

Flight height: 6775 a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.13 mm

Scale: 1:12,000 (approx.)

Date: September 12, 1964

Location: Township 14; Ranges 7 and 8 WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62J Neepawa

1:50,000 62J/1 MacDonald