Geography

Working the Line: Maintaining the border in Canada’s wilderness (photo gallery)

As a surveyor for the International Boundary Commission, Joe Harrietha “works the line” in locating and maintaining the vast Canada–United States border. The Canadian section of the Commission is part of Natural Resources Canada, and he’s worked in some of the most remote and scenic areas in Canada for more than 25 years. These photos are from some of his expeditions. Read his personal account of one of these missions here.

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Science at Work: Defining Canada’s Continental Shelf Program

Canada is party to an international agreement called the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that recognizes that coastal states can obtain rights and jurisdiction over their continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. Natural Resources Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Global Affairs Canada, with the help of other federal departments and agencies, are working on Canada’s submission to the United Nations, as part of a review process to clearly define our country’s offshore boundaries.

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