Science Trivia Questions 1-10

Difficult Questions

Where in the world is Athabasca?

Athabasca BasinIt depends upon which Athabasca you mean. The Town of Athabasca is located near the center of the Province of Alberta, about 150 kilometres north of Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton.  The latitude and longitude are 54 degrees 47 minutes North and 113 degrees 12 minutes West. Before the Province of Alberta was created in 1905, the Territory of Athabasca occupied what is now the northern half of the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Town of Athabasca is located on the banks of the Athabasca River and within the County of Athabasca. Before Athabasca became a town, it was known as Athabasca Landing (also spelled “Athabaska”). The Athabasca River originates in the Columbia Ice Fields which is in Jasper National Park. The Athabasca River forms Athabasca Falls within the park. The river flows northeast before emptying into Lake Athabasca. The headquarters of Athabasca University (established 1970) were relocated from Edmonton to the Town of Athabasca in 1984.

How many river basins are in Alberta? Hint: 4, 7, 11, or more than 11?

Why is the town of Athabasca located where it is?

Why should you limit the number of fish you eat that were caught from lakes and rivers in the Athabasca River Basin?

What families of biting flies occur in the Athabasca River Basin?

What is the difference between a river basin and a watershed?

What hinders boats from travelling the Athabasca River between the town of Athabasca and the city of Fort McMurray?

What is the source of the Athabasca River?

What is the largest lake in Alberta?

What river enters the Athabasca River at Fort McMurray?

Science Outreach Athabasca - September 26, 2012

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