Stratigraphy of the Misty Creek Embayment

Regions: Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area

Tags: physical sciences, geology, marine environment, rock, economic potential, paleogeology

Principal Investigator: Turner, Elizabeth C (10)
Licence Number: 15180
Organization: Laurentian University
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012
Issued: Dec 20, 2012

Objective(s): To understand the geological evolution of a deep-marine environment that existed in the northern Mackenzie Mountains between 500 and 450 million years ago.

Project Description: This is a Masters of Science research project aimed at understanding the geological evolution of a deep-marine environment that existed in the northern Mackenzie Mountains between 500 and 450 million years ago.

The project team will establish small 2-3 person camps on or near a mountainside where we already know, based on previous work, that the rocks they are interested in will be exposed. Each day the team will walk to the rocks to study, where the rock layers will be measured with a measuring stick and describe each layer in detail. Fist-sized samples will be collected using a rock hammer, and later analysed in the lab. The team will use no motorized equipment, explosives or dangerous chemicals. The camps are moved intermittently by helicopter (every few days to a week).

The project's outcome will contribute to understanding the economic potential of rocks in the Sahtu and Gwich'in regions. In the short term, this small (2-3 person) project will obtain groceries and supplies from Norman Wells.

The results will be published as a paper in an international science journal; the paper will be provided to Aurora Research Institute upon its publication. The research team will present the preliminary results publicly in a presentation at the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum in 2013.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from June 20, 2013 to August 30, 2013.