Science Trivia Questions 1-10

Difficult Questions

Where in the world is Athabasca?

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

One answer is "seven", which is used by the Government of Alberta. They are, from North to South: Hay, Buffalo, Peace-Slave, Athabasca (All four are part of the Mackenzie River Basin which empty into the Arctic Ocean.), Beaver, Saskatchewan (which empty into Hudson Bay), and the Milk (flowing into the Gulf of Mexico via the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers).

Another answer is "four", if you only count river basins which empty into an ocean. They are: Mackenzie, Churchill (includes the Beaver), Nelson (includes the Saskatchewan) and Mississippi.

Another answer is "eleven", if you count the sub-basins of the Saskatchewan but not the sub-basins of the other rivers. The Saskatchewan sub-basins include the North Saskatchewan, Red Deer, Bow, South Saskatchewan, and Oldman.

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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