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Chetwynd, Peace River Regional District, British Columbia, V0C 1J0, Canada (55.69589 -121.63818)

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Name: Chetwynd topographic map, elevation, relief.
Coordinates: 55.56843 -122.26402 55.75000 -121.29098
Minimum elevation: 472 m
Maximum elevation: 2,075 m
Average elevation: 974 m


Carved out of an ancient floodplain, the small terrace upon which Chetwynd is situated lies in the northern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Once used as a grazing spot by nomadic Aboriginals, the terrace was farmed by settlers until it was developed into a town. Two types of soil—namely, the Widmark and Centurion Series—comprise the terrace's surface. The Widmark Series—a moderately well-drained degraded loamy, woody, silty, and clay-like soil—lies north of Highway 97. Meanwhile, the Centurion Series—which lies south of the highway—is a poorly drained soil with a dark-brown peaty surface material consisting of decomposed leaves and mosses. These soils, also limited by topography and stoniness, are generally used for forage and pasture.

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