Geological Mapping of the March Fault

Regions: Dehcho Region

Tags: physical sciences, geology, tectonic movement, rock

Principal Investigator: Hickey, Kenneth A (2)
Licence Number: 15987
Organization: University of British Columbia
Licensed Year(s): 2017 2016 2015
Issued: Dec 14, 2016

Objective(s): To map the March Fault and the structures in the rocks that it cuts through to look for evidence of when it formed, how it formed, and how much relative movement has occurred along it.

Project Description: The objective of this research project is to map the March Fault and the structures in the rocks that it cuts through to look for evidence of when it formed, how it formed, and how much relative movement has occurred along it.

This research is primarily a field-based involving detailed geological mapping by foot along a series of traverses across the March Fault. The research team will use rock hammers to collect small rock samples for analysis back at the University of British Columbia. The team plan to have a series of 4 to 12-day fly-camps from which each of the structural traverses will be based. In addition, the research team are planning to undertake a series of one-day traverses to assess smaller areas of interest along the fault and to better characterize the background deformation history of rocks away from the fault

Project results will be presented at the annual Geoscience Forum in Yellowknife. Plain language summaries of the proposal will be communicated to nearby communities. Results will also be communicated to the communities and band councils upon completion of the research through the Northwest Territories Geological Survey outreach process.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 10, 2017 to August 20, 2017.