Alberta's Foothills

    The Alberta foothills is an amazing place to visit.  The landforms are very interesting to look at because they come in many different shapes and sizes.  The foothills location is wonderful because they are close to the beautiful rocky mountains.  Usually the  foothills climate is very different from the rest of Alberta's climate. There are many different types of wildlife in the foothills region.  In the foothills we have a numerous amount of natural resources.  The Alberta foothills has very different type of interesting vegetation. The foothills cities and rivers are a terrific place to visit.  There are some very cool facts about Alberta that you discover as well. Let's explore the Alberta Foothills!


Location 

          Have you ever seen enormous exiting hills? In the foothills region you can very exciting new hills. The fascinating hills are located near the rocky mountains. The foothills are located on the eastern slopes of the mountains. The foothills takes up about 10% of Alberta. The foothills region is also located along the rocky mountain region so you can see the beautiful rocky mountains.

 


                             Land forms


          I will always remember the foothills region including the landscapes and how they're interesting .The Foothills landforms include forested hills, rolling grasslands,  and broad river valleys.The Elevation is as low as 700m in the foothills and the highest Elevation in the foothills region was made by two plates that smashed into each other. These  landforms are interesting because the hills give a very nice view!


 


Climate

   The foothills has an amazing climate! In the foothills climate is moist and cool. They have  short wet summers and cold frosty winters. The foothills have Chinook, storms, snowfalls and strong winds. There are also thunderstorms.  The upper parts of the  foothills have about 365 millimetres of snowfalls.   The lower parts of the foothills have about 456 millimetres of snowfalls.   The weather of the pacific ocean and rocky mountain region affects the weather of the foothills region.  Chinooks are most likely to take place in winter. A  Chinook is when half of the sky is dark and  the other side is light.  Chinooks  create puddles that are very fun to jump in!  A Chinook can cause slushy roads,flooded basements and very muddy cars. But Chinooks can be helpful too because  they give us a pretty warm day for winter.


Vegetation


    Lodge pole pine and white spruce are some plants that you can find in the foothills region. Coniferous trees have been seen in the upper region of the foothills. In the lower part of the foothills region, you can find short grassy areas, bushes and deciduous trees. On the  clear hills that are in the foothills region, it is very clear. The vegetation that may be found in the Foothills region is the broad leaved forests however,  the vegetation mostly depends on the climate. How fast the plants grow in the foothills depends on the amount of rainfall and the temperature. The slopes in the foothills region may have trees with needle-like leaves that includes spruce and pine trees.


                                                Wildlife

There are some amazing wildlife in the foothills region! There are many interesting animals in the foothills like coyotes, cougars, moose, yellow- rumped warbler, sparrows, ruby-crowned kinglets ,deer, varied thrush, and the woodland caribou!  Animals of the Foothills region are similar to those of coniferous forests .  Elk and both Black and Grizzly Bear are also nice to see. Did you know that elk are endangered species in the Alberta Foothills? Well they are! Also more of the animals are endangered than safe! All of the foothills animals are very interesting!  There are 150 species at William .A. Switzer Park.  If you want to learn more about William. A Switzer Park please go to Other important/interesting facts!

 

Natural Resource

    There are many natural resources in Alberta.  Oil and gas are one of the natural resources in the Alberta foothills.  Oil and gas can be used for cars, cooking, propane, asphalt and jet fuel.  Oil is also used to make gas. Natural resources can be non-renewable or renewable oil and gas that are non-renewable natural resources meaning once we finish all our oil and gas by wasting it, we will not get any more oil and gas. One example of a non-renewable natural resource is coal.

                                       


Rivers and Cities

    
The rivers that flow in the Foothills come from Banff which, is in The Rocky mountains. Some water in the rivers have poison in them and if the water has poison in it, it could harm people that drink it because some people drink water from the rivers. Cities have so much oil because of the Mountains. Mountains give oil when it is raining.The cities and rivers in the Foothills are very interesting!


Other Interesting Facts

 

You will be shocked to learn that there is a little bit electricity in the foothills region. Did you know that the Blackfoot, Piegan, and First nation groups lived in the foothills? Well they do! They spoke Athabaskan and Algonkian. Did you know that a long time ago, First Nations hunted moose and deer. The moose and deer were probably delicious! The Rocky mountain region is below the Foothills so, from the edge of the foothills region, you can see the Rocky mountains even the Boreal forest so, you can see acres of grasses in the foothills region. It is a beautiful scene. Another place you can go to in the Alberta Foothills is William.A Switzer provincial park. As you see above William.A Switzer provincial park is very fascinating and uncrowed place to go! It is alternative to the national parks in the Rocky Mountains and it is relatively undisturbed!

       We Hope you enjoyed learning about the Alberta Foothills.  Hopefully you learned a lot.   Next time you go to the foothills region, check out the landforms/landscapes, natural resources, climate, cites/rivers, vegetation, and wildlife! 



Check out these cool links to have an interactive experiences with the Alberta Foothills!

Zooming in On Alberta

Foothills Flash Zone
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