Salinity Distribution within the County of Warner

 
 
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 The County has 2 223 saline seeps which occupy a total of 22 547 ha (155 716 ac). The visibly saline areas have such high salinity levels that annual crops cannot be grown and forage crops have significantly reduced yields. Often the lands surrounding the visibly saline areas are also weakly saline, resulting in reduced yields especially for salt-sensitive crops.
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Salinity Type
Number
of Seeps
Area (ha)
Percent (%)
of Total Saline Area
Contact/slope change salinity
1 297
7 391.53
32.7
Outcrop salinity
339
1 681.39
7.5
Artesian salinity
89
283.41
1.3
Depression bottom
241
3 563.65
15.8
Coulee bottom salinity
152
7 770.73
34.5
Irrigation canal seepage salinity
44
457.51
2.0
Natural/irrigation salinity
61
1 399.18
6.2
Total
2 223
22 547.40
100.00

Coulee bottom salinity is the most common type (34.5% of the total saline area), followed by contact/slope change salinity (32.7%), depression salinity (15.8%), outcrop salinity (7.5%), natural/irrigation salinity (6.2%), irrigation canal seepage salinity (2.0%), and artesian salinity (1.3%).

Total saline area by type

Please refer to Salinity Classification, Mapping and Management in Alberta for more information.

 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on February 12, 2004.
Last Reviewed/Revised on November 17, 2015.