Long-term Stability of Arctic Island "Oases"
Principal Investigator: Gajewski, Konrad (8)
Licence Number: 12063
Organization: Centre D'Etudes Nordiques, Universite Laval
Licenced Year(s): 2008 2004 2001 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1992
Project Team: Self, affiliated with Michelle Garneau, GSC

Objective(s): To investigate the long-term stability of the vegetation of two arctic "oases", Polar Bear Pass on Bathurst Island and Hot Weather Creek on Ellesmere Island; to collect pollen samples for analysis; to calibrate the relationships between the modern pollen rain and the modern vegetation.

Project Description: This study will investigate the long-term stability of the arctic "oases" of Polar Bear Pass and Hot Weather Creek by the pollen analyses of lake sediment cores. The sediment that accumulates in the bottom of lakes provides a history of the conditions in the lake. The pollen incorporated in the sediment can be interpreted to give an idea of the climate and vegetation for the past several thousand years in the region surrounding the lake.