Salinity Distribution within the County of Beaver

 
 
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 The County of Beaver has 868 saline seeps which occupy a total of 2 062 ha (5 093 ac), 0.6% 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.

Salinity distribution by type in the County of Beaver

Salinity type
Number of seeps
Area (ha)
Percent of total saline area
Contact/slope change
476
518.92
25.2
Outcrop
9
11.99
0.6
Depression bottom
332
1 197.39
58.0
Slough ring
51
333.77
16.2
Total
868
2 062.07
100.0

Depression bottom salinity occupies the greatest area (58% of all saline land in the County), followed by contact/slope change salinity (25.2%), slough ring salinity (16.2%), and outcrop salinity (0.6%). There is no evidence that artesian, coulee bottom salinity, canal seepage, and natural/irrigation salinity occur in the County.

Number of saline seeps by type in the County of Beaver

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.