Carrot River


Carrot River

The Carrot River is a river in northeastern Saskatchewan. The river begins at Waterhen Marsh located south of Kinistino, Saskatchewan and continues through northeast Saskatchewan until it empties into the Saskatchewan River north-west of The Pas, Manitoba.The Carrot River serves as the main watershed for northeastern Saskatchewan as all smaller streams and rivers empty into the Carrot River. This causes major flood problems during the spring run off and rainy seasons around the Town of Carrot River and Red Earth Indian Reserve. The floods usually strands everyone east of the river with very few ways around the flooded area.

History

The Carrot River valley was initially inhabited by Cree and Saulteaux First Nations. English fur trader and explorer Henry Kelsey explored the river in the summer of 1691. [ [http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/transactions/2/kelsey.shtml MHS Transactions: The journal of Henry Kelsey, 1691-1692 ] ] Louis de la Corne, Chevalier de la Corne and Anthony Henday also explored the valley during the 1750s.

Fossils and historical finds

During the 1980s the Royal Saskatchewan Museum explored the banks and rock edges of the Carrot River, because a local farmer had been finding numerous fossils in that area. The tests on the found fossils showed them to be approximately 92 million years old. The sites along the Carrot River proved to be some of the wealthiest deposits of fossils and showed deposits from numerous other species including sharks and fish.

The most notable find was in 1991 the Royal Saskatchwean Museum and the Canadian Museum of Nature unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile. During the next couple of years using shovels, pick-axes, and explosive they retrieved a six-meter skeleton of Terminonarus Robustus but everyone called it "Big Bert". Big Bert turned out to be very well preserved and the only one of its kind found in Canada.

Notes

External links

* [http://www.town.carrotriver.sk.ca Town of Carrot River]
* [http://www.royalsaskmuseum.ca/gallery/archived/paleo_prairies.shtml Royal Saskatchewan Museum - Pasquia Hills Project]
* [http://www.swa.ca/WhatsNew/Advisories.asp Saskatchewan Watershed Advisories and Flood Warnings]


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