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TitleGeology, history and site management planning of the Kangiqsukutaaq carving stone quarry, southern Baffin Island, Nunavut
AuthorSteenkamp, H M; Pizzo-Lyall, M; Wallace, C J; Beauregard, M A; Dyck, B J
SourceSummary of Activities 2013, Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office; by Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office; Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Summary of Activities 2013 p. 193-200 Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne[PDF,5.77MB]
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20130296
File formatpdf
NTS36A/06; 36A/11
AreaKangiqsukutaaq; Baffin Island
Lat/Long WENS -73.5000 -73.0000 64.7500 64.2500
Subjectsindustrial minerals; geophysics; carving stone, commodity; quarries; serpentinites; gneisses; leucogranites; structural features; faults; magnetic surveys, ground; marbles; Lake Harbour Group; Precambrian
ProgramCanada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Funding Program
Released2013 01 01
AbstractThe Kangiqsukutaaq quarry, located approximately 160 km east of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, has been providing excellent quality serpentinite carving stone to Inuit carvers within the southern Baffin Island region for over 50 years. Geological mapping by the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, and a high-resolution ground magnetic survey by De Beers Canada Exploration Inc., were recently carried out at the quarry to identify the extent of at-surface and surface-accessible carving stone. The Qikiqtani Inuit Association requires this information to develop a site-management plan that reduces risks associated with quarrying, and to better understand the resource potential remaining at the site. Geological field observations indicate that there is very little at-surface and surface-accessible serpentinite remaining at Kangiqsukutaaq, which has traditionally been quarried by hand. However,magnetic survey data suggest that subsurface serpentinite underlies the wasterock and overburden between the two established quarry pits. Considerations and recommendations for future development and site management at the Kangiqsukutaaq quarry are provided, as well as techniques for future exploration of new potential carving stone deposits.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
160 km west of Cape Dorset on Baffin Island is the Kangiqsukutaaq (or Korok Inlet) carving stone quarry. This quarry supplies carving stone to Inuit artists across southern Baffin Island for over 50 years. The deep quarry pits and steep unstable walls are a safety concern for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, who manages the site. They asked the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, the Government of Nunavut, and De Beers Canada to find out how much carving stone remains at the quarry, and where it is located. Based on geological mapping and a ground magnetic survey, the results discussed in this paper show that very little carving stone remains at the surface for quarriers to access, but that more carving stone may be buried between the two quarry pits. Some considerations and recommendations for future development and continued quarrying at Kangiqsukutaaq are provided here, as well as ideas for exploration of new potential carving stone deposits.

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