The Oak Ridges Moraine is an ecologically important geological land-form in the Mixed wood Plains of south-central Ontario, Canada. The moraine covers a geographic area of 1,900 square kilometres (730 sq mi) between Caledon and Rice Lake, near Peterborough. One of the most significant land forms in southern Ontario, the moraine gets its name from the rolling hills and river valleys extending 160 km (99 mi) from the Niagara Escarpment east to Rice Lake. It was formed 12,000 years ago by advancing and retreating glaciers The moraine is currently a contested site in Ontario, since it stands in the path of major urban development. The Oak Ridges Moraine probably formed in the Late Wisconsin glacial period. Ice melt from the Niagara Escarpment flowed into the western boundaries of the moraine, wherein conduits beneath the ice expanded to form a west-to-east passage between the main Lauren-tide ice sheet and a mass of ice in the Lake Ontario basin. Fisher and Alexander in the early 1990s described a “metropolitan” invasion of the Oak Ridges Moraine, in response to which organizations such as Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) were formed. Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition (CAMC) is a coalition of nine Conservation Authorities with watersheds on the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM). The Coalition formed in 2000 two years prior to the ORM conservation Plan, in response to the need for a comprehensive policy, planning and management approach geared to sustaining the health of the entire ORM. The CAMC is a partnership organisation. It collaborates with numerous groups and individuals to achieve common objectives to support a robust and resilient environment across the ORM landscape. These objectives include; undertaking science-based research; providing opportunities for recreation; taking action for the protection and restoration of the ORM and; providing expert advice for environmental planning and policy matters.
About blog and who are we.
We are 5 grade 12 students from Richmond Green Secondary, working together to gather information on the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Environment of Canada in order to inform the public on about different events and current issues surrounding the Moraine and the environment as a whole. The main goal for this Blog is to help preserve the Moraine under the area.