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TitleReconnaissance sub-bottom profiling studies of Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorMedioli, B E; Demuth, M N
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 5727, 2009, 1 sheet, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to Sub-bottom profiling results from Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta
File formatpdf; JPEG2000
AreaBanff National Park; Peyto Lake
Lat/Long WENS-117.0000 -116.5000 51.7500 51.5000
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; hydrogeology; Nature and Environment; glacial deposits; glaciers; bottom sediments; glacial lake deposits; glacial lakes; lake sediment thickness; lake sediments; glaciolacustrine deposits; Holocene; hydrologic budget; hydrography; climatic fluctuations; climate; facies; sedimentary facies; Peyto Glacier; Quaternary; Cenozoic
Illustrationslocation maps; photographs; cross-sections; profiles
ProgramClimate Change Geoscience
Released2009 06 08
AbstractRecent studies have pointed to significant negative flow trends in the glacierized catchments of Canada's Southern Cordillera. These trends and a reduction in the flow regulation effect of glacier cover are due to marked reductions in the aerial extent of glaciers over the last half of the 20th Century (Hopkinson and Young 1998; Moore and Demuth 2001; Demuth and Pietroniro 2002; and Stahl and Moore 2006). These conclusions are the result of analyses conducted using the available instrumental records describing summer month river flows.
In the context of water resources, and to better define the warmdry climate episode adaptation limits provided by the presence of glaciers, it is desirable to place these observations within the perspective of glacier fluctuations that have taken place over the last several millennia. In several instances recent and paleoglacier fluctuations from direct or proxy evidence have been well documented. For example, Demuth (1997), Demuth and Keller (2006), Hopkinson and Demuth (2006), Luckman (2006), and Watson and Luckman (2004) provide such evidence for Peyto Glacier. Peyto Glacier is situated in the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and provides flow to the North Saskatchewan River Basin. This glacierized mountainous headwater region plays a critical role in providing orographically derived precipitation, seasonal snowmelt and glacier melt to natural and human systems downstream.

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