World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Trafalgar Moraine

Article Id: WHEBN0001991414
Reproduction Date:

Title: Trafalgar Moraine  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Moraines of Ontario, Trafalgar, Terminal moraine
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Trafalgar Moraine

The Trafalgar Moraine is a geological landform straddling Oakville and Milton in Ontario, Canada. A small portion of the moraine extends into Burlington at Milton's southern border. It is a subtler topological feature than the better-known Oak Ridges Moraine, primarily because it was formed as an end moraine at the terminus of a glacial ice sheet, instead of between two retreating ice lobes (known as interlobate). The ice sheet pushed material to form the ridge, which is composed of Halton Till sediment, rich in silt and clay. By contrast, the Oak Ridges Moraine is primarily sand and gravel. The ridge was probably formed during a pause in the retreat of the ice sheet. The moraine covers an area of 892.5 hectares of primarily private land, though a small portion is public.

Contents

  • Geology 1
  • Watershed 2
  • Development 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Geology

The Trafalgar Moraine is approximately 20 km long, 30 m high and 4 km wide, extending from the Niagara Escarpment north of Nelson to Streetsville in an east-northeast trend; at the Oakville boundary, the trend shifts northeast.

The moraine has impacted the flow of the eastern branch of the 16 Mile Creek.[1]

This moraine contains the headwaters for six creeks in Oakville. It is home to 496 plant species, 10 fish species, and 220 animal species, of which 168 are birds, 34 are mammals, and 18 are amphibians.

Watershed

The moraine is 27 km long and 4 km wide with a number of small rivers and streams are located within the moraine:[2]

  • 16 Mile Creek
  • 14 Mile Creek
  • McCraney Creek
  • Joshua Creek

Development

Development on the moraine has been limited to regions in Mississauga, and the construction of Highway 407.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Candidate Trafalgar Moraine: Earth Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest" (PDF). Town of  
  2. ^ Nick Eyles, Carolyn Eyles, John Menzies, Jon Boyce (22 June 2010). "End moraine construction by incremental till deposition below the Laurentide Ice Sheet: Southern Ontario, Canada". Boreas (The Boreas Collegium) 40: 92–104.  

External links

  • Trafalgar Moraine

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.