Taiga Plains Ecozone (CEC)

Taiga Plains Ecozone (CEC)

Taiga Plains Ecozone (CEC)

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The Taiga Plain is a Canadian terrestrial ecozone that covers most of the western Northwest Territories, extending to northwest Alberta, northeast British Columbia and slightly overlapping northeastern Yukon.

It is the site of the Peace-Athabasca Delta,a globally significant wetland in Wood Buffalo National Park, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.


Its eastern boundary is defined by Great Bear and Great Slave lakes in the Taiga Shield, site of the world's oldest known rock formations. To its south are the Boreal Plains, a vast forest of spruce and other timber with numerous wetland habitats. Portions of Wood Buffalo National Park and Whooping Crane Summer Range, the only nesting area for the critically endangered whooping crane, overlap onto the Taiga Plains from the Boreal Plains. To the west it abuts the foothills of the Boreal Cordillera in British Columbia and southern Yukon, and the Taiga Cordillera further north. These two ecozones comprise the Mackenzie Mountains. Its northern borders are with the Southern Arctic ecozone in northeastern Northwest Territories, and the Arctic Archipelago Marine ecozone at the delta of Canada's largest river, the Mackenzie.

The ecozone consists primarily of strata of limestone, shale, and sandstone sedimentary rocks,<ref...
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