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Most severe droughts occur in regions where farms depend on a limited water supply.

Human impact: The Praries: Canada dry

Canada’s freshwater lakes and rivers cover 755,000 square kilometres, a bountiful 7.6 percent portion of the country. This abundance of water, flowing through an interconnecting network of waterways, has spurred Canada’s development. Water provided the early routes for exploration, transportation, settlement, and trade. It is still put to myriad uses: hydroelectric power, shipping, irrigation, fishing, and recreation. Yet any undue future demand may overextend this resource. Many worry our water-rich land may one day export some of its supply to the United States. An overview of Canada’s water already reveals a resource unevenly distributed and under threat. Whether a given region has an abundance or shortage of water is due in part to variations in precipitation. The rainy Pacific Coast enjoys a copious flow of water to the sea, while parched prairie drylands struggle with water deficits. These disparities aside, the pressure from industry and shipping along the Great Lakes and elsewhere pose ever-present pollution concerns.


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How much land do glaciers presently cover in Canada?

2,000 km2
200,000 km2
20,000 km2