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TitleQuaternary geology of the eastern Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan
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AuthorCampbell, J E
SourceEXTECH IV: Geology and Uranium EXploration TECHnology of the Proterozoic Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan and Alberta; by Jefferson, C W (ed.); Delaney, G (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Bulletin no. 588, 2007 p. 211-228; 1 CD-ROM, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesSaskatchewan Geological Society Special Publication 18
Alt SeriesGeological Association of Canada, Mineral Deposits Division, Special Publication 4
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediapaper; CD-ROM; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in EXTECH IV: Geology and Uranium EXploration TECHnology of the Proterozoic Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan and Alberta
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ProvinceAlberta; Saskatchewan
NTS64E/13; 64L/03; 64L/04; 64L/05; 64L/06; 64L/12; 64L/13; 74E/15; 74E/16; 74F/07; 74F/08; 74F/09; 74F/10; 74F/11; 74F/12; 74F/13; 74F/14; 74F/15; 74F/16; 74G; 74H/04; 74H/05; 74H/06; 74H/07; 74H/09; 74H/10; 74H/11; 74H/12; 74H/13; 74H/14; 74H/15; 74H/16; 74I; 74J; 74K; 74L; 74M/01; 74M/02; 74M/08; 74N/01; 74N/02; 74N/03; 74N/04; 74N/05; 74N/06; 74N/07; 74N/08; 74N/11; 74N/12; 74O/01; 74O/02; 74O/03; 74O/04; 74O/05; 74O/06; 74O/07; 74O/08; 74P/01; 74P/02; 74P/03; 74P/04; 74P/05; 74P/06; 74P/07
AreaLake Athabasca; Cree River; Cree Lake; Fond du lac; Stony Rapids; Fort Chipewyan; Richardson River; Wollaston Lake
Lat/Long WENS-112.0000 -103.0000 59.7500 57.0000
Subjectseconomic geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; stratigraphy; mineral exploration; exploration; uranium; sedimentation; unconformities; basins; sedimentary basins; tills; glacial deposits; glacial features; moraines; glacial history; deglaciation; drift deposits; ice flow; ice movement directions; glaciofluvial deposits; glaciolacustrine deposits; eolian deposits; organic deposits; drift prospecting; Athabasca Basin; Hearne Province; Cenozoic; Quaternary
Illustrationssketch maps; photographs; tables
ProgramExploration Science and Technology (EXTECH IV) Initiative, 2000-2003
ProgramNorthern Resources Development Program
ProgramSecure Canadian Energy Supply
Released2007 07 20
AbstractThis paper reviews the regional Quaternary geology in the Athabasca Basin region, east of the Snowbird tectonic zone. Although multiple ice-flow directions have been documented, the present-day landscape and extensive drift cover are primary products of the last major glacial event. Till, the dominant surface material, forms variable thicknesses of mainly ground moraine and streamlined moraine. Multiple
till units are related to ice-flow directions. Variable till compositions reflect differing proportions of crystalline rock versus Athabasca Basin sandstone detritus incorporated into the till. Compositional variability is also related to stratigraphic unit, landform type, and drift thickness. Other surficial deposits include glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine sediments, block fields, and eolian and organic deposits. Deglaciation of the eastern Athabasca Basin began in the southwest around 9000 - 8700 BP (14C years). This area was completely ice-free by about 8200 BP. The complexity of the glacial history has numerous implications for drift prospecting for uranium.

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