Talk:Boreal Cordillera Ecozone (CEC)

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Which part of Alaska[edit]

Which parts of Alaska does the Boreal Cordillera occupy? ParadoxJuice (talk) 00:56, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

The portion at the junction of the Yukon-BC border; see this map for an idea of where the zone lies in Canada. (Unfortunately, I can't find a map that includes Alaska.) Mindmatrix 01:02, 20 March 2010 (UTC)
That's because this is a Canadian ecozone article, and the US system (and boundaries often enough) are different. This is not a physiogeographic system, but a biological/environment one; its landscape and economic descriptions should only be incidental; I tried to edit this to refer to actual physical geography, as this overlaps with several landforms large and small. It's from a different ministry of the Canadian government; all have their own regionalization schemes and analyses; geological articles are the third branch and all should intersect, ideally, and their pages should not diverge in content. Provinces and states also have their own regionalization schemes of various kinds that are different from their federal government.
The title is misleading, which is why it is disambiguated, as it is not about mountains, i.e. cordillera. But because it contains cordillera i.e. they are the bulk of its span, but it contains lowlands and plateaus and lakes, the title isn't exclusively about mountains; it's really about forests and wildlife and fauna and all that stuff, and issues facing it from an environmental perspective; what's on it largely reflects Environment Canada's own publications as this term isn't widely used, not by anyone I can think of beyond their own brochures; it need not be a government-only article. And NB it overlaps also with things like the WWF system, which is similarly dabbed as it also uses the term ecoregion, which are in Canada the subunits of ecozones.
Mentioning what Alaska or the USG calls it on the other side of the border could be done on all ecozone/ecoregion articles on each side of the line, but it's complex and a lot of work to integrate across the board....so I didn't go there. Environment Canada has another series of names for different regions of the country, can't recall it's name just now...
Investigating the US co-respondents to any title and adding it there, and material on the corresponding US titles, in this case Environment of Alaska or wherever; and for political reasons the geographical systems do not converge, not do CEC or GSC; terminology is different, often boundaries are too. Geology strikes me as somewhere where science must share common ground; this thing about deliberately making them different was mentioned in S. Holland's Landforms of British Columbia which you'll find on various articles in the corresponding category; he's the basis of the "BCGNIS" system (now BC Names Office) range-classifications and is the main physiogeographic reference.Skookum1 (talk) 13:58, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
And that's a Canadian government-based map and not a closely detailed one; and it helps to remember that it's not being edited by cartographers so much as graphic designers and printers. And that Ottawa is 3000 miles away from there, they make geographic mistakes all the time on maps and out of politicians' mouths and sloppy journalism. I doubt they have any idea of their error, and wouldn't care anyway, quite frankly.Skookum1 (talk) 14:05, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

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