Neoproterozoic stratigraphy, Mackenzie Mountains

Regions: Sahtu Settlement Area

Tags: physical sciences, geology, paleogeology

Principal Investigator: Turner, Elizabeth C (10)
Licence Number: 16159
Organization: Laurentian Unviersity
Licenced Year(s): 2019 2018 2017
Issued: Aug 16, 2017
Project Team: Charlotte Stone (student, Laurentian)

Objective(s): To research the history of Earth-surface environments between about 1 billion and 700 million years ago.

Project Description: This continuing research addresses the history of Earth-surface environments between about 1 billion and 700 million years ago. The objective for 2017 is to complete the sample suite being used by a PhD student (most of the required samples are already in-hand).

A base-camp of two people will be deployed by helicopter, and all work done on foot. Working on mountainside rock exposures, the research team will collect fist-sized samples for later geochemical analyses using a rock hammer. If the weather is good, this work will take only a few days (2-4). The team will have no motorised equipment or fuel, beyond 2 litres of camp fuel for heating water. The team will have only freeze-dried food, which will be stored and disposed of responsibly (removal of refuse to Norman Wells municipal garbage) leave the campsite as it was found.

The research team will provide copies of all publications in ensuing years, published in standard scientific journals, and will be archived with Aurora Research Institute. The research team will make the findings accessible in everyday language as illustrated poster(s) that can be used in outreach activities.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from August 16, 2017 to August 24, 2017.