Sampling of water from the Mackenzie River and some of its principal tributaries

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: water sampling, geochemistry, sediment transport, rock chemistry

Principal Investigator: Gariepy, Clement (1)
Licence Number: 12888
Organization: Research Centre in Isotope Geochemistry & Geochronology GEOTOP
Licensed Year(s): 1996
Issued: Aug 16, 1996
Project Team: Jerome Gaillardet, Bernard Dupre

Objective(s): Sampling river water, such as that from the Mackenzie, the Peel, the Athabasca, the Slave, etc. Collection of about 60-80 liters of water and then filtering it. Interested in the particles carried out by the river (thus only the material remaining on the filters). This is part of a worldwide project, involving the Amazon, the Congo, the Yang-Tsie-Kiang, etc...rivers. The goal is to determine, through geochemical analyses, the composition of their drainage basins and make inferences about the chemical composition of the rocks within their drainage basins.

Project Description: All transportation will be done using rental vehicles (usually locally). Water sampling will be done out of rental boats (typically zodiac-type) and equipment (light pumps manually operated); water will be filtered on site, particles in suspension will be carried back for analysis. This will typically be 50-100 milligrams. Itinerary includes: Inuvik, Ft. Providence, Yelllowknife.