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Central Plains

Resource riches

Resource riches beneath the plains
Since the 1960s, development of resources such as oil, gas, and potash has moved the Central Plains in new economic directions. The 1990s saw fast-growing prairie cities move aggressively into high-tech and industrial enterprises. This trend offset the dampening effect of the crisis in agriculture. Although the agricultural economy is still vital, it is changing fast. The 1995 cancellation of the Crow Benefit, designed to allow farmers to ship their products by rail at a reduced rate, initiated an ongoing agricultural restructuring.


Resources A map of Canada highlights the Central Plains region, which then recedes and is replaced by a more detailed map of the region. A submenu offers information on:
• Top customers for potash
• Oil and gas
• farming


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Quiz :

In 2001, Canada's petroleum output was…

300,000 cubic metres
97,000 cubic metres
122,000 cubic metres