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Reclaimed Land Near Oak Lake
The photo shows an area of about four square miles (10.4 square kilometres) between Oak Lake and Plum Lakes to the northeast and east, and Marshy Lake to the south. It lies on the floor of glacial Lake Hind and, after the retreat of the lake, was a marshy area. Land has been reclaimed to be used mostly for hay growing—bales can be seen in several locations 1. A small creek, Bell Creek 2, drains eastward into Plum Lakes. Another dry drainage channel 3 with some abandoned sections 4 drains across the two northern sections to join Bell Creek off the photo to the east. Other segments of drainage channels can be seen in several locations 5. The reclaimed soils are very dark, especially where the land has been left fallow 6. In one location cultivation has produced an even darker tone 7. Where a crop has been gown 8, wet patches obviously hinder growth and harvesting 9. Six farms 10 can be seen in the area, all protected by shelterbelts11. The CN line crosses the southwest corner 12.
The photo was taken in early winter—shadows of trees 13 indicate that they have no leaves. The shadows fall just west of north 14 indicating that the photo was taken just before noon.