Vertical air photo: A20470-66
Flight height: 21,950 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.73 mm
Scale: 1:39,000 (approx.)
Date: May 21, 1968
Location: Township 10, Ranges 20 and 21 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden
1:50,000 62F/16 Alexander
The area shown in figure 1.3a is in the northwest corner of this smaller scale photo. Twenty-two years after 1.3a was taken, the meander loop has been cut across 1. Given the width of the meander neck, it would seem that the river was artificially straightened. A small causeway across the north end of the meander 2 hints at the reason for the straightening. Land within the loop is now cropped 3 while it was not on figure 1.3a. To gain access to the area it was possible for the farmer to build a causeway across the static water of the cutoff whereas this could not be done with a flowing river. Note also the contrast between the light tone of the sediment-laden Assiniboine River 4 and the dark tone of the sediment-free cutoff 5. The Little Saskatchewan River can be seen in the northeast 6 following much the same route as it did in figure 1.1b.