Heavy Mineral Indicator Tracing in Glacial-Fluvial Systems

Regions: North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, geology, sediment transport, glacial deposits, mineralogy

Principal Investigator: Russell, Hazen A.J. (1)
Licence Number: 14906
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2012 2011
Issued: Apr 13, 2011
Project Team: Hazen Russell (Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada), Dan Kerr (Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada), Ross Knight (Geologist, Geological Survey of Canada), Don Cummings (Consultant Geologist), Dave Sharpe (Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada), Bruce Kjarsgaard (Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada)

Objective(s): To improve understanding of transportation and deposition of heavy minerals in eskers and associated surficial materials.

Project Description: The objective of this study is to improve understanding of transportation and deposition of heavy minerals in eskers and associated surficial materials. A large portion of work is being completed remotely on the esker network using satellite imagery and data collected from the 1960’s through 1990’s. Two field areas have been chosen centered on the MacKay Lake and Beaverhill Lake. Secondary work will also be completed on a number of nearby locations. Work on the ground involving sample collection of surficial materials is required to understand heavy mineral dispersal patterns. Sampling will involve acquiring approximately 20 kg of unconsolidated material from 100 shallow holes often associated with mudboils. All holes will be filled in and leveled out after sample collection with little to no impact on the surface terrain.

For work in the field locations a participant from Lutsel K’e will be invited to participate in the study team. The participant should have an interest in natural resource sciences and some experience with working on the land. Remuneration will be at the standard government rate.

Results will be communicated through a series of science posters at a local community level and possibly by open house (depending on finances). Scientific findings will be published through the Geological Survey of Canada Open File publication system and potentially in a peer reviewed International science journal.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 12, 2011 to August 2, 2011.