World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada

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World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada

Post by edfrank » Thu May 06, 2010 9:28 pm

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World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada
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by Michel Comte and Jacques Lemieux Michel Comte And Jacques Lemieux – Wed May 5, 7:46 pm ET

OTTAWA (AFP) – A Canadian ecologist has discovered the world's largest beaver dam in a remote area of northern Alberta, an animal-made structure so large it is visible from space. Researcher Jean Thie said Wednesday he used satellite imagery and Google Earth software to locate the dam, which is about 850 metres (2,800 feet) long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park
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Post by Don » Thu May 06, 2010 9:32 pm

Ed-
Great find! Rhonda and I will be spending August through November this year, on the north side of the Great Slave Lake, just north of Wood Buffalo N.P. There might be a trip report there waiting for us!
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Post by James Parton » Fri May 07, 2010 5:07 am

Don,

That would be cool!

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Post by dbhguru » Fri May 07, 2010 6:34 am

Ed,

Ditto! (Ooh, does this make me a ditto-head?). Great find. One wonders what drives the beavers to such a feat. Can there be two classes of beavers, rural beavers and urban beavers? I wonder what kind of community interactions are going on? Is there a head beaver somewhere inside the lodge?

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Post by Larry Tucei » Fri May 07, 2010 10:29 am

Ed, Thats Awesome! Its refreshing to see something like this dam in such a remote place. Can you imagine what it was like before European invaders! Larry

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Post by Don » Tue May 11, 2010 3:15 pm

Ed-
I'm adding another link to a site that has great additional information:
http://www.geostrategis.com/p_beavers-longestdam.htm
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Re: World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada

Post by edfrank » Tue May 11, 2010 3:57 pm

Don,

Great Link! Lots of photos and maps. I checked out a number of links when I first saw the article, but did not find this one. Thanks for posting...

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