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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

The Mackenzie River in the North West Territories is Canada's longest river (twelfth longest in the world). Near its mouth in the Beaufort Sea it flows across a wide delta dotted with lakes, ponds and minor tributaries. The permafrost that underlies the delta is changing rapidly as the arctic climate warms.

There are a lot of climate change and related research projects taking place in the Mackenzie River Valley at the present time. Summaries of some projects with illustrative photographs and diagrams are available from Natural Resources Canada.

NASA Earth Observatory, Mackenzie River Delta

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