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TitleSurficial geology and sea level history of Bathurst Island, Northwest Territories
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorBednarski, J M
SourceInterior Plains and Arctic Canada/Plaines intérieures et région arctique du Canada; by Geological Survey of Canada; Geological Survey of Canada, Current Research no. 1996-B, 1996 p. 61-66, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Interior Plains and Arctic Canada
File formatpdf
NTS68G; 68H; 69A; 69B; 79A/09
AreaBathurst Island; Ile Vanier
Lat/Long WENS-105.0000 -96.0000 77.0000 75.0000
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; paleontology; environmental geology; glaciers; glacial stages; ice sheets; glacial deposits; invertebrates; fossils; sea level fluctuations; climate; radiocarbon dates; radiometric dates; deglaciation; Laurentide Ice-sheet; Pelecypoda; Quaternary
Illustrationssketch maps
ProgramMineral and Energy Resource Assessment (MERA)
Released1996 02 01
AbstractRecent field investigations have been undertaken to map the surficial geology of Bathurst and adjacent islands. Glacial geomorphology indicates that the area was covered by extensive ice caps during the last glaciation. These glaciers probably contacted the Laurentide Ice Sheet to the south, however, a larger ice mass in Penny Strait may have impinged onto northeastern Bathurst Island and coalesced with the ice caps. A survey of raised marine shorelines suggests that the magnitude of emergence was considerably less than previously thought and that the pattern of regional isobases needs revision. Marine pelecypods at elevations well above the marine limit were likely transported there by glaciers overriding pre-existing marine sediments. More work on the directions of ice movement along eastern Bathurst Island is necessary to determine the nature of these readvances.

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