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Northwest Territories:  Student Centre

Web Links

Here are some Web sites to help you with your research.

Web Activity

Here is an activity to help you gather information from one of the Web sites:

?_Geography Mackenzie River Run!




Web Links

Government of the Northwest Territories: Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development  

Wildlife, natural features, climate and weather, vegetation, pingos, and aurora borealis: this government Web site has all the information you'll need to research the geography of the Northwest Territories.

Great Canadian Rivers

Take a multimedia tour of Canada's greatest rivers when you visit this Web site. Explore the history, ecosystems, culture, recreation and economy of some Canadian waterways. The site includes facts and figures, natural environment, fish and wildlife, outdoor travel and cultural attractions related to Canadian rivers.






Web Activity

?_Geography Mackenzie River Run!

In this activity you will conduct research and write a report about the Mackenzie River using the Great Canadian Rivers Web site. Listen to Sam Rapid's quick tips. Explore the Mackenzie River's importance in Northwest Territories history, and its importance to NWT culture, recreation, and industry today.

1. Visit the Canadian Rivers Web site. You will find a menu panel on the left-

    hand side of the page. Click on the link to "Great Canadian Rivers".

2. When the page loads, look for the "Rivers 1 Index" halfway down the

     page. Click on "Mackenzie River".

3. Browse through the Web links on the menu on the left hand side of the

    page to learn about the river's history, ecosystem, culture, recreation and

    economy. Read the text and listen to Sam Rapid's video clips.

4. Use the information you read, hear, and see to write a report on the

    Mackenzie River. In your report, include the following information:

           a) Location of the river. Use cardinal directions to describe the

               location. How long is the river?

           b) Use information on the "Ecosystem" page to describe the

               importance of the river in terms of physical geography. How many

               species of wildflower grow on the Mackenzie delta? What's a

               pingo-and how is it created? What mammals call the Mackenzie

               Delta home, and why is the Delta called "Muskrat Mecca?"

           c) Use information on the "Recreation" and "Economy" pages to

               describe the importance of the river in terms of human use.

Click here to download an organizer on which to record your information. In your report, include maps, diagrams and photographs in your report to clearly communicate your information.