Mackenzie River in nw Canada. The longest river in Canada, it flows c.1800km (1120mi) nw from the Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean. Between the Great Slave and Athabasca lakes, the Mackenzie is called the Slave River. The Mackenzie River basin in Northwest Territories is heavily forested. During the 20th century, minerals have replaced fur as the principal economic resource of the basin.
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