Mining and economics The Canadian Shield is one of the world's richest areas in terms of mineral ores. It is filled with substantial deposits of nickel, gold, silver, and copper. Throughout the Shield there are many mining towns extracting these minerals. The largest, and one of the best known, is Sudbury, Ontario. Some of the resources that the Canadian Shield gives to Canadians are: 1) Furs - from fur bearing animals (hunting and trapping is still a large industry). 2) Minerals - this makes a lot of sense because the Shield is solid rock. Canadians extract copper, gold, nickel, zinc and lead from this area. The Canadian Shield is heavily forested in many northern areas. Deer, elk, moose, wolves and smaller animals live in the forests. The southern edge of the Canadian Shield does have soil that is good for farming. The Canadian Shield also contains minerals such as platinum, silver and zinc. The Canadian Shield formed over 3 billion years through processes such as plate tectonics, erosion and glaciation. Plate tectonics refers to the movement and collision of the Earth's outer crust. When these crustal plates collide they may weld together, forming larger landmasses. North America
The Canadian Shield is one of the world's richest areas in terms of mineral ores. It is filled with substantial deposits of nickel, gold, silver, and copper. Throughout the Shield there are many mining towns extracting these minerals. The largest, and one of the best known, is Sudbury, Ontario.
It is mainly composed of granite and has a thin layer of soil. A total of four different mountain ranges rise from the Canadian Shield. The Precambrian rocks of this shield are estimated to be around 570 million years old. The Canadian Shield is also known as the Precambrian Shield and the Laurentian Plateau.
The Canadian Shield is the traditional territory of several Indigenous peoples. The Innu made their home on the Shield in what is now Québec and Labrador, while the Cree, Anishinaabeg and Métis occupied large swaths of the region through Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
In addition to its rich natural resources, including substantial deposits of such mineral ores as nickel, gold, silver, and copper, and pristine northern ecosystems, the Canadian Shield also serves as a fertile area for human beings trying to better understand the origin of life.
The majority of Canada's population is concentrated in the areas close to the Canada–US border. Its four largest provinces by area (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta) are also (with Quebec and Ontario, switched in order) its most populous; together they account for 86% of the country's population.
Location. As the picture shows and name implies, the Canadian shield is mostly in Canada. From the Labrador coast on the east, the shield covers most of Quebec and extends into Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Arctic Archipelago.
The Canadian Shield is among the oldest on earth, with regions dating from 2. 5 to 4. 2 billion years. The multitude of rivers and lakes in the entire region is caused by the watersheds of the area being so young and in a state of sorting themselves out with the added effect of post-glacial rebound.
The Interior Plains area of Canada encompasses the region between the Canadian Shield and the western Cordillera. The plains are distinguished by vast expanses (1. 8 million km2, or 18 per cent of Canada's land surface) of sedimentary bedrock consisting mainly of poorly consolidated shales, siltstones and sandstones.
Five of these regions and their respective mineral resources are discussed here. The sixth, Canada's continental shelf, is a source of oil and natural gas. The Canadian Shield is made up of Precambrian rock and underlies about half the total area of Canada.
Important Cities: Sudbury, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Iqaluit, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg. ( Toronto is not a part of the Canadian Shield, it is part of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Lowlands region. )
In 1867, the Province of Canada was joined with two other British colonies of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia through Confederation, forming a self-governing entity named Canada. The new country expanded by incorporating other parts of British North America, finishing with Newfoundland and Labrador in 1949.
The Canadian Shield, a northern region constituting almost half of Canada, has a cold, dry climate characterized by Arctic winds, heavy snowfall during the winter, cool, short summers in the north and warm summers in the south. The region gets around 18 inches of rain each year.
Resources and Land Use There are vast areas of the Shield that are sparsely populated because most of the population is concentrated in the southern part of the Shield. People generally group together and form towns or even cities.