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Manitoba from the Air
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Part of the Lower Churchill River, Post Diversion

The diversion of a large percentage of the flow of the Churchill River into the Nelson has drastically altered the appearance of the Churchill downstream from the diversion. Shown here is a section of the eastward-flowing Churchill River 1 between Northern Indian Lake, branches of which can be seen in the west 2, and Fidler Lake to the southeast. The present river channel is dark-toned 3 whereas those areas that used to be covered by the river are light-toned 4. Two sets of rapids are visible, one in the west 5 and the other—Kirkness Rapids—6 in the east. This lake-strewn area of the Canadian Shield is covered by open lichen woodland 7.

Figure 16.36

Part of the Lower Churchill River, Post Diversion