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Southern Saskatchewan area was showing the rough prairie with few trees areas. Later I realised this continues before Rocky Mountains in Alberta, though I didn't realise that this geographical feature is the proof of having oil and gas and so on under the ground. When I was taking pictures around Cypress Hills, a RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) car stopped and a youth cop investigated me. I kept still and motionless for a moment. I wondered why in such a wild without anyone at that time, but now I suspect the place should be one of promising places for oil; to such extent, the resourceful field were not developed yet.
However, as farmlands I saw an awful scene in the Great Sand Hills; a lake which is on the map was completely dried up with white-coloured. These things should happen in the dry climate and the white should be thin frozen water, I thought at first; however, taking a good look at, I noticed that was not ice at all! That mustn't be salt; I was amazed at the result of pesticide on the vast area. Asking this to a person of gas station on Highway 1 nearby, he even didn't realise it.
Lions are Mother Nature's way of limiting number of grass-eating animals. However, European settlers' influence on Buffalo on prairie was far beyond it. By 1879 the wild Buffalo were vanished. Not until we lose our Nature do we realise its value; however, I wonder the activities of Canadian government to recover Nature aim at humans' own sake for them to be comfortable, as the name of department of Ontario shows 'Ministry of Natural Resources.' Wild animals are not their pet. As long as they believe they can control Nature, I think, they shouldn't be able to recover Nature. There is nothing new under the Sun between Nature and human beings; we must do something, on however humble a scale for the sake of earth itself.

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by tetsu95jp | 2008-02-17 08:01 | 25.Southern SK
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