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The Flow and Cycle of Water

The Flow and Cycle of Water

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The Flow and Cycle of WaterVivianLea DoubtThompson Rivers UniversityGeography 230: Assignment SixAugust, 2008
 
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Space, Place, Identity
We should let our minds and imaginations follow the flow of water as itwinds through our country, recognizing that people from every area aresustained in body and spirit by the same water that soothes us. Just as thesmallest trickle of water eventually flows and expands into a lake, perhapsour minds will follow a similar path in our own progression towardtolerance and stewardship. (Environment Canada, 2008)
The opening quote from Environment Canada’s website invites us to see the flow of 
water metaphorically linking Canadians together. It is an apt metaphor; as Prime Minister
McKenzie King said: “If some countries have too much history, we have too muchgeography” (Biro, A., 2007, p.322). The vast space of the country becomes the more
emotive place, tied to other places by the shining ribbons and torrents of water. Indeed,while some have said that the natural divides of the continent run north and south, HaroldInnes sees the Canada/US border as a natural outcome of the voyageurs
north and westprogress across the waters of Canada in quest of furs (Environment Canada, 2008).Humans from time immemorial have lived close to water
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perhaps not even theVenetians have formed their identity around water as closely as have Canadians. With 20% of the world
s
freshwater within Canada’s
boundaries, our art, our literature, our musicour very spirits have found a national identity linked to the iconic landscape of mountain glaciers and ice, rivers and wetlands, great lakes and oceans.The reasons why water looms so large in the Canadian imagination have beentouched upon: there is an awful lot of it, and the waterways formed the first means of transportation. Consider the two following paintings by Thompson and Varley of theGroup of Seven: their images are familiar, even symbolic, to Canadians.
 
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Tom Thompson,
Spring Ice 
, 1916Frederick H. Varley,
Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay,
1921. Source:Environment Canada (2008
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