Paleontology & Sedimentology of Late Proterozoic Reefs, Mackenzie Mountains, NWT.

Regions: Sahtu Settlement Area

Tags: biology, sedimentology, paleontology, ecology, mapping, ancient reefs, reef ecosystems

Principal Investigator: Narbonne, Guy (13)
Licence Number: 12664
Organization: Queen's University
Licenced Year(s): 2001 1999 1998 1996 1994 1992 1991 1989 1988
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: N.P. James, E.C. Turner, S. Hooey

Objective(s): To determine the biology and preservation of the reef- building organisms, to determine the internal structure & ecological zonation of the reefs; and to determine the environment in which the reefs grew.

Project Description: Field work will involve detailed measurement & description of stratigraphic sections using a range pole and compass, and mapping and selective sampling of reefs using a geological hammer. Follow-up work at Queen's University will involve analysis of field data and examination of samples using a variety of laboratory techniques. These reefs are an ecological "missing link" between the two major reef types in earth history and are made entirely by bacteria.