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TitleNote on the availability of geochemical data for soils and other surficial media
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AuthorKettles, I M; Spirito, W A; Rencz, A N
SourcePresentations and recommendations from the workshop on the role of geochemical data in environmental and human health risk assessment, Halifax, 2010; by Rencz, A N (ed.); Kettles, I M (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 6645, 2011 p. 23; 1 CD-ROM, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksCanadian Database of Geochemical Surveys, downloadable files
LinksBanque de données de levés géochimiques du Canada, fichiers téléchargeables
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingWorkshop on the role of geochemical data in environmental and human health risk assessment; Halifax; CA; March 17-18, 2010
Documentopen file
MediaCD-ROM; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Presentations and recommendations from the workshop on the role of geochemical data in environmental and human health risk assessment, Halifax, 2010
RelatedThis publication is related to North American soil geochemical landscapes project: Canadian field protocols for collecting mineral soils and measuring soil gas radon and natural radioactivity
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ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut; Canada
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Subjectsgeochemistry; soils science; surficial geology/geomorphology; environmental geology; Health and Safety; environmental analysis; environmental studies; environmental impacts; soil geochemistry; soils; soil studies; soil samples; soil properties; heavy metals contamination; pollution; pollutants; biogeochemistry; biogeochemical surveys; glacial deposits; tills; geochemical surveys; Human health; Cenozoic; Quaternary
ProgramEnvironmental Geoscience
Released2011 01 01
AbstractThrough evolution of the Internet and improvements in software capabilities, it is now possible to immediately obtain a large amount of the geochemical data generated from field surveys and laboratory studies by federal and provincial government agencies in Canada. One important source is the Canadian Geochemical Surveys catalogue which is found on the Geochemical Data Repository (GDR) at Natural Resources Canada (http://gdr. e.php [accessed March 11, 2010]). The catalogue contains searchable metadata and raw data for approximately 700 geochemical surveys carried out by the GSC and provincial geological agencies since the 1950s
The geochemical catalogue was initially created in partnership with Health Canada to provide Health Canada - Federal Contaminated Sites Program with information on soil and till geochemistry to support risk management decisions. More recently, the catalogue was expanded to include data for vegetation and lake and stream sediments, in addition to soil and till, and was extensively cross-linked to other databases and the provincial and territorial geological surveys. The database underlying the catalogue is updated on a regular basis. NRCan - Earth Sciences Sector Library has an extensive web site through which there is access to many databases, mechanisms for searches and other services, most of which are broadly cross-linked. It is possible to download for free selected GSC articles through GeoPub, search for publications using the library catalogue and GEOSCAN, peruse and obtain more than 7000 digital photos and view Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds for frequently updated works. GEOSCAN is the bibliographic database for scientific publications of NRCan - Earth Sciences Sector. It has more than 60,000 records of publications of the Geological Survey of Canada and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Canada topographic maps and external publications authored by ESS scientists and specialists. The following is one portal of entry for all of the databases and services described above: e.php [accessed March 11, 2010].

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