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Reclaimed Slough East of Somerset

This photograph shows part of the end moraine covering Pembina Mountain. In general the surface is hummocky with large sloughs often covering a quarter section, many of which are now intermittent. On the photo a large slough covering about half a section has been reclaimed for agriculture 1. Field boundaries 2 can be seen within the reclaimed area. The corner of another slough—still with water in it—can be seen in the southeast 3. A drainage channel, part of the headwaters of Cypress River, drains north 4 then west 5.

Most of the land is cropped except for some woodland around the reclaimed slough 6, along the drainage channel 7, and in a few other areas 8. Despite the relative flatness of the area, some soil erosion can be seen 9. The existence of many stone piles in the northeast 10 suggests that although the land is good for arable farming, it is not perfect.

Gravel roads follow section lines 11, and a railway line 12 cuts across the northeast corner. There are eight farmsteads 13 in this area of about six square miles.

Figure 14.18

Reclaimed Slough East of Somerset