Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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GSC investigations of western Rae craton: Highlights of ongoing research from the Thelon tectonic-zone and future mapping opportunities along the Northwest Passage
Dr. Mary Sanborn-Barrie, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa
The Geological Survey of Canada is entering into the final stage of the Geomapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) initiative, mandated to update geoscience data and knowledge of Canada, north of 60°N. One of the final, large, regional mapping projects to be undertaken as part of this initiative will investigate Boothia Peninsula, last examined in 1962 at 1: 500 000 scale and Somerset Island (1986 at 1:250 000) to assess this frontier region’s lithological architecture, mineral resource potential and tectonometamorphic evolution in the context of the ca. 2.35 Ga Arrowsmith orogeny and the 2.0-1.9 Ga Thelon orogeny.
This presentation is designed to be highly accessible to undergraduate and graduate Earth Science students interested in mapping and field-based research. It will highlight newly acquired data across the Thelon tectonic zone between 65-67°N derived from 2014 and 2016 GSC fieldwork as part of the GEM-2 Thelon activity and discuss some implications of these new contraints on competing tectonic models for the region. This will establish the regional setting for introduction of an upcoming GEM-2 activity, Integrated Geoscience of the Northwest Passage for which fieldwork, planned for 2017 and 2018, will provide opportunities for students to gain experience acquiring mapping skills, using a team approach.
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