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ASPA 131: Canada Glacier, Lake Fryxell, Taylor Valley, Victoria Land
Proponent: New Zealand
Location: 77°37'S  163°03'E
Approx. Area: 1.51 km2
Summary: The Area is situated in the Taylor Valley in the southern Victoria Land Dry Valleys. It encompasses most of the glacier forefeild area on the east side of the lower Canada Glacier, and includes the sloping ice-free ground with summer ponds and small meltwater streams draining from the Canada Glacier to Lake Fryxell. It contains some of the richest plant growth (algae and mosses) in the southern Victoria Land Dry Valleys and is valuable as a reference site for other dry valley ecosystems. The concentration of research activity within the area makes it necessary to regulate human impact in respect of trampling, water quality and sampling.
Designation: Rec XIII-8
Last Review: 2016
Current Plan: M 6 (2016)
Next Review: 2021
Annex V format adoption: 1997
Modification / Review summary: Designated SSSI 12 in Rec. XIII-8 (1985). Revised Management Plan adopted in Measure 3 (1997). The site was re-designated ASPA 131 in Decision 1 (2002). A revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 1 (2006). The current Management Plan was adopted in Measure 6 (2011). A new revised Management Plan was adopted in Measure 6 (2016).
Primary reason for designation: C - areas with important or unusual assemblages of species, including major colonies of breeding native birds or mammals;
Main Environmental Domain represented: S - McMurdo - South Victoria Land geologic (also includes Ellsworth, Werner etc mountains)


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