Niagara Escarpment

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The Niagara Escarpment is an escarpment in the United States of America and Canada. This escarpment has been very important to humans, animals and plant life. This escarpment houses over 479 species of wildlife and over 100 varieties of special interest floras that make up almost 40% of Ontario’s rare floras. Here the escarpment has some of Ontario’s best skiing, camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking and scenic viewing, generating over $100 million. This escarpment stretches from Queenston, ONT to Tobermory,ONT and covers over 725 km while have a peak of 510 above sea level. It is home to Canada's largest and longest footpath, Bruce Trail with a distance 885 km. The beautiful scenery attracts many people to live in this area, creating …show more content…
The beautiful scenery attracts many people to live in this area, creating developed regions in and around the escarpment. Within this escarpment lie Crawford lake, a unique and rare meromictic lake. This escarpment consists of limestone and dolostone which are both very important. Limestone is important because it is widely used in architectural applications for walls, and decorative trim and veneer. The reason that dolostone is important is that it is one of our major sources for concrete, which is very essential in modern-day roads and infrastructure. Sedimentary rocks are also found on this escarpment. These rocks contain important information about the history of the earth. They contain fossils which can teach us about plants and animals of the past. They also offer clues to what the original rock may possibly be. An astounding amount of minerals is also found here leading to the mining industry found in this area. Various paths and bodies of water provide transportation through the escarpment but also from one place to another. There is a good amount of culture and history found here such as the escarpment being the result of unequal erosion. There is also tourism, which provides tourists with some of the Ontario’s best skiing, camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking and scenic viewing. This generates about $100 million in revenue, which is then used to support local economies. For these reasons the Niagara Escarpment has been found incredibly valuable leading to UNESCO to appoint the escarpment one of twelve World Biosphere Reserves in

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