Salinity Distribution in the County of Camrose

 
 
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 The County has 622 saline seeps which occupy a total of 4 502 ha (11 254 ac), 1.3% of the County's total area. 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
Depression bottom
381
3589.7
79.7
Contact/slope change
219
222.73
4.9
Coulee bottom
15
225.92
5.1
Slough ring
5
459.82
10.2
Outcrop
2
3.48
0.1
Total
622
4 501.6
100.0

Depression bottom salinity occupies the greatest area (79.7% of all saline land in the County), followed by slough ring salinity (10.2%), coulee bottom salinity (5.1%), contact/slope change salinity (4.9%), and outcrop salinity (0.1%). There is no evidence that artesian, canal seepage or natural/irrigation salinity types occur in the County.

Number of saline seeps by type in the County of Camrose

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

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