Maptour Page 3
Maptour: Canada's Ecological Regions ca 1500 CE
Landforms, Flora, and Fauna
- Under LAYER CONTROLS, turn off
the checkbox for “Modern Geography.”
- On the ZOOM/PAN toolbar, click on the Zoom in button and use it on the map to zoom in near the number 1213 (north of Hudson Bay).
- Click on the "Related Materials" drop-down menu and
select Tables - “Circumpolar Domain.”
- In the “Descriptions of Ecological Regions” box,
scroll down to entries numbered 1212 and 1213.
- Canada’s ecological landscape is a nesting of smaller, more specialized zones
set within larger, more general ones. Zone 1212 lies within 1210, which
in turn lies within 1200, itself within 1000.
- Ecologists have developed a language of headings to describe this
hierarchy: domain, division, province, section. (These are defined at the bottom of the box.)
- “Ecological” provinces are not to be confused with “political” provinces.
- Cultural (that is, human) elements are part of our understanding of “ecology.”
- Zone 1213, commonly known as “the barren lands” by early explorers,
is aptly named. At another time, check the chapter "Exploration to Mid-19th Century."
- The ecological diversity of Canada is immense, but well documented.
- This map carries information as of five centuries ago, and one should not
assume that the ecology of the 21st century is exactly the same.