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The Northern Lights. And the Lakes of the Yukon Territory. Lake Tagish. Lake Laberge. Lake Bennett. Locations of the Three Lakes. The three most important lakes in the Yukon Territory are Lake Tagish, Lake LeBerge, and Lake Bennett. Lake Tagish- 30 minutes from Whitehorse - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • The Northern LightsAnd the Lakes of the Yukon TerritoryLake BennettLake TagishLake Laberge

  • Locations of the Three LakesThe three most important lakes in the Yukon Territory are Lake Tagish, Lake LeBerge, and Lake Bennett.Lake Tagish- 30 minutes from WhitehorseLake LeBerge- 55 miles from WhitehorseLake Bennett- 35 miles from Dyea

  • Size of the LakesThese large lakes spread across vast areas of the YukonLake Tagish- originates in the Yukon River and spreads over kmLake Leberge- was formed by glacial activity in the Ice Age, making it 14 to 54 miles in depthLake Bennett- only 1 mile, but has many treacherous rapids and rocks

  • Uses for the lakeswater resources during Gold RushLake Bennett- charter passages, special occasions, transportation routes, camping and fishing during spring and summerLake Tagish- a settling place for stampeders also during Gold Rush

  • While prospectors used the three rivers,The Northern Lights always glowed above.

  • Location Found between 60-620 miles above earthCan extend thousands of miles across the skyCommon closer towards the North Pole (Alaska, Greenland, etc.) but have been seen as far away as MexicoNicknamed Northern Lights because of its presence in only the Northern Hemisphere

  • Colors of Northern LightsThe altitude and atoms determines the colors you see.Blue, violet, and red= less than 60 miles above earthBright green=60-150 miles above earthDark red= aboveUsually yellow or greenNitrogen atoms create blues, violets, and redsOxygen atoms create greens and other reds

  • Movements Movements of the Northern Lights differ, but can be seen as:CurrentsLively colorsUnfazing glowsAnd countless other actions

  • Sounds There have always been people who claim to hear the Northern LightsHeard as crackling, rustling, and whooshing soundsNo theory has yet confirmed, disconfirmed, or proved this to be true or notSome people do not believe they exist

  • What exactly are the Northern Lights?Energy from the sun flows away in electrified particles, called plasma, because of uncontrollable weatherSolar wind, plasma from the sun, comes in contact with earth, but is directed to the North and South Poles because of our protective magnetic shieldAfter being trapped in magnetic belts, it arrives to the poles and a large discharge of solar wind collides with the magnetic field

  • What exactly are the Northern Lights?While colliding in the atmosphere, ions or atoms are energized and are altered by the lines of the magnetic forcethe energy inside of them increases and the atoms or ions collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms to create colorsThe magnetic field is squeezed because of the pressure, and lines of the field disconnect and reconnect which lets solar wind slip through to the poles

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