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TitleMultidisciplinary study of Cretaceous, Neogene, and Quaternary stratigraphy, and bocannes and their associated mineralogy and hydrochemistry, Smoking Hills, Northwest Territories: GEM-2 Western Arctic Project, report of activities 2018
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorSmith, I RORCID logo; Bringué, MORCID logo; Bryant, R; Evans, D J A; Galloway, J MORCID logo; Grasby, S EORCID logo
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 8482, 2018, 40 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication contains the following publications
File formatpdf
ProvinceNorthwest Territories
NTS97C/03; 97C/04; 97C/05; 97C/06; 97C/11; 97C/12; 97C/13; 97C/14; 107D/01; 107D/08; 107D/09; 107D/16
AreaCanadian Arctic; Franklin Bay; Horton River; Mason River; Anderson River; West River; Smoking Hills
Lat/Long WENS-128.3333 -126.0000 70.0000 69.0000
Subjectsregional geology; stratigraphy; hydrogeology; economic geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; mineralogy; geochemistry; stratigraphic analyses; stratigraphic correlations; depositional environment; tectonic evolution; depositional history; paleoclimates; bedrock geology; lithology; sedimentary rocks; shales; igneous rocks; intrusive rocks; kimberlites; drainage systems; surface waters; streams; mineral deposits; diamond; sediments; glacial deposits; Neogene; Canada Basin; Mackenzie-Beaufort Basin; Sverdrup Basin; Beaufort Formation; Elf Horton River G-02 Well; ARCO Smoking Hills A-23 Well; alluvial sediments; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Quaternary; Tertiary; Mesozoic; Cretaceous
Illustrationslocation maps; correlation charts; tables; photographs; geoscientific sketch maps
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Western Arctic Project Management
Released2018 10 31
This report provides a rationale and scientific basis for three multi-disciplinary research projects undertaken during the Smoking Hills fieldwork campaign of July, 2018 (Fig. 1.1). It summarizes their field sample collections and observations and discusses their future research plans. The first activity concerns the age and environment of deposition of Cretaceous strata (145-66 Ma) in the Canadian Arctic mainland. This study will provide new insights into the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the offshore Canada Basin and the regional Mackenzie-Beaufort and Sverdrup basins. This study is also expected to provide insight into Cretaceous climates of the Canadian Arctic. The second activity concerns the study of bocannes, areas of burning shale/mudrock for which the Smoking Hills is aptly named. It aims to collect samples of minerals from within the burning vents and also to study the chemistry of ponds and streams draining from these features and associated bedrock. The final activity is focused on kimberlite (diamond) indicator minerals and tries to draw comparisons between those found in deposits in the Smoking Hills with those previously recovered in related deposits on Banks Island. This activity will also examine sediments from mapped areas of Neogene fluvial Beaufort Formation (<23-2.58 Ma), and from Quaternary glacial deposits (<2.58 Ma).
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This Report of Activities presents the scientific rationale behind the Smoking Hills research project. It discusses the types of field investigations undertaken by three sub-projects, and sample collections. Studies include Cretaceous stratigraphy and paleoenvironmental analysis, bocannes (burning shale) and related minerals and hydrochemistry, and Tertiary fluvial deposits and Quaternary glacial history related to diamond indicator mineral dispersal.

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