Proterozoic Ice Ages in Northwestern Canada
Principal Investigator: Narbonne, Guy (13)
Licence Number: 13172
Organization: Queens University
Licensed Year(s): 2001 1999 1998 1996 1994 1992 1991 1989 1988
Issued: Apr 06, 2001
Project Team: Dr. Noel James Dr. T. Kurt Kyser Dr. Anne-Catherine Person-Wickham

Objective(s): The two greatest ice ages in earth history occurred 600-750 million years ago. Ice reached all the way to the equator, and some scientists believe that the entire Earth was frozen over, leading many to call this period "The Snowball Earth". This has been the subject of significant recent interest. One of the best records of these ice ages is in the Mackenzie Mountains, where the research team has been working continuously since 1982. A lengthy paper has recently been submitted on the 600 million year old ice age, and the team's objective is to continue a study of the earlier (750 million year old) ice age during the summer of 2001.

Project Description: The research team will be flown from Norman Wells to the base camp near Shale Lake by helicopter. The camp will consist of one sleeping tent and one cooking tent. The research team will walk to several rock sections with 3 km of the base camp. Data collection will consist of measuring rocks with a ruler, taking photographs, and collecting up to 50 small (fist-sized) pieces with a hammer. The research team will be in the field from 20-26 July, 2001. All garbage will be packed out, and all human waste buried.