Landscape of Canadian Shield and Prairies53.9N 101.7W
The Canadian land visible here belongs to the provinces of Manitoba (right) and Saskatchewan (left). The tan southern land visible in both provinces is part of the Canadian Prairies, while the green and snow-dusted terrain to the north is part of the Canadian Shield.
The praries are part of a vast sedimentary plain. They generally describe the expanses of largely flat, arable agricultural land which sustain extensive grain farming operations in the southern part of the provinces.
The Canadian Shield, on the other hand, is a vast rock base that mostly consists of eroded hilly terrain covered primarily by green boreal forest. The region also contains many important rivers used for hydroelectric production.
The Shield cannot support intensive agriculture, although there is subsistence agriculture and small dairy farms in many of the river valleys and around the abundant lakes, particularly in the southern regions.