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Deforestation Near Lake Abitibi, Canada

48.6N 79.8W

November 19th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - November 8th, 2009

Canada - November 8th, 2009

The waters of Lake Abitibi appear tan from sediments in this image of northeastern Ontario, Canada. The 931 kmĀ² lake is separated in two distinct portions by a short narrows, making it actually two lakes. The lake is shallow and studded with islands. Its shores and vicinity are covered with small timber.

Its outlet is the Abitibi River, seen here exiting the lake on the left and flowing westward. Portions of Lake Abitibi’s western shores and a section of the Abitibi River are part of the Abitibi-de-Troyes Provincial Park.

By contrast, the eastern shores of the lake and the land farther to the east show signs of deforestation, with tan herringbone patterns cutting through the dark green forest. Pulp and paper is an important industry in this heavily forested region.

The beginning of this deforested area corresponds with the border between the provinces of Ontario (left) and Quebec (right). A white dusting of snow covers some areas in Quebec to the northeast of the lake.

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