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V-Shaped Plume of Smoke from Fire in Alberta, Canada – July 12th, 2012

54.9N 115.6W

July 12th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Canada – July 11th, 2012

A large fire in the Canadian province of Alberta releases a thick plume of smoke that winds have blown into the shape of the letter V. Alberta Health Services has expanded an air quality advisory to include the entire North Zone. A.H.S. says small amounts of smoke are not a problem for most people, but heavy amounts can lead to shortness of breath and irritation in the eyes and throat. People with respiratory conditions or who may have heart problems are advised to stay inside if they are experiencing symptoms.

Red Deer River Running Across Alberta, Canada

51.0N 114W

October 19th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Canada - October 6th, 2011

This APM image shows the Red Deer River (visible as an orange line running parallel to the right edge), in Alberta, Canada. It has a total length of 724 kilometers (450 mi) and a drainage area of 45,100 square kilometers (17,400 sq mi). Its mean discharge is 70 m³/s.

The river originates on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, in the Sawback Range inside Banff National Park, and then flows east through the mountains and foothills region. It turns north-east before Sundre and keeps this heading to the city of Red Deer, where it turns east, and then south before Stettler.

It then flows south with its valley protected by provincial and regional parks such as Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, Dry Island Corridor and Midland Provincial Park. At Drumheller it has a south-east direction, and while it flows through Dinosaur Provincial Park it turns east and flows to the Alberta/Saskatchewan border, which it crosses at Empress. It flows for 16 km through Saskatchewan before it merges into the South Saskatchewan River.

Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta, Canada

55.4N 115.1W

July 14th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Canada - July 12th, 2011

This APM image focuses on Lesser Slave Lake, located in central Alberta, Canada. It is the second largest lake entirely within Alberta boundaries, covering 1160 square km and measuring over 100 km long and 15 km at its widest point.

Lesser Slave Lake averages 11.4 m in depth and is 20.5 m at its deepest. It drains eastwards into the Athabasca River by way of the Lesser Slave River. The town of Slave Lake is located at the eastern tip of the lake, around the oultflow of Lesser Slave River. Here, an area of agriculture can be observed by the southern shores, with a more mountainous area to the east.

Canadian Rockies and Pacific Ranges, Canada

52.2N 122.2W

May 24th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Canada - May 18th, 2011

Two parallel mountain ranges can be seen in this image of southwestern Canada. Running diagonally through the center of the image are the Canadian Rockies, which extend from the Interior Plains of Alberta to the Rocky Mountain Trench of British Columbia.

To the west, near the coast, are the Pacific Ranges, located entirely within British Columbia, Canada. They run northwest from the lower stretches of the Fraser River to Bella Coola.

Peace-Athabasca Inland Delta Between Lakes Claire and Athabasca, Canada

58.5N 112W

December 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Canada - August 4th, 2010

The large body of water in the upper left quadrant, appearing silvery white in this ASAR aimge, is Lake Claire, the largest lake which entirely in Alberta, Canada. It is located entirely in Wood Buffalo National Park, west of Lake Athabasca.

A small part of Lake Athabasca can be observed near the upper right corner. The area between the two large lakes is the Peace-Athabasca Delta, a large freshwater, inland delta located where the Peace and Athabasca Rivers join the Slave River at the western end of Lake Athabasca.