The Red Deer River (740 km, mean annual flow rate 62 m3
/s), is glacier-fed by streams from Mount Drummond and Cyclone Mountain in the Rockies of Banff National Park in Alberta. It flows east then south to join the South SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
just inside Saskatchewan. Its 44 500 km2
basin includes mountains, foothills and semiarid prairies; recognized white-water courses occur on its wilder upper reaches. On its lower portion, 300 km are lined by famous scenic BADLANDS
containing dinosaur fossils, examples of which may be seen in the ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM OF PALAEONTOLOGY
, Alta) and DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK
, a UNITED NATIONS WORLD HERITAGE SITE
. The city of RED DEER
is a major industrial (petrochemicals) user of water, along with irrigation and water-diversion schemes.
IAN A. CAMPBELL
Links to Other Sites
About the discovery of Daspletosaurus torosus fossils in Alberta. From the Canadian Museum of Nature.