Canada's Great Inland Delta:
A Precarious Future Looms

The Peace-Athabasca Delta, one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas, is facing major change as rising temperatures, a prolonged drought, and water withdrawals for Alberta’s tar sands industry threaten to increasingly dry out this vast expanse of waterways and wetlands. READ MORE

 

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The Peace-Athabasca Delta, as seen from the air, with Lake Claire on the horizon. The drying-out of the delta is the result of natural cycles of drought as well as human impacts, including the swift warming of alpine and boreal forest regions across Canada. The diversion of water for Alberta's massive tar sands industry is expected to exacerbate the drying of the delta in the future. (Photo credit: Ed Struzik)

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