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TitleGEM2 Southern Mackenzie Surficial Activity 2018 report: surficial geology and heavy mineral studies in southern Northwest Territories
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorPaulen, R CORCID logo (ed.); Smith, I RORCID logo (ed.); Day, S J AORCID logo (ed.)
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 8477, 2019, 68 pages (2 sheets), Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
MapsPublication contains 2 maps
Map Info.location, samples
Map Info.location, index of mapping activity
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication contains the following publications
RelatedThis publication is related to GEM2 Southern Mackenzie Surficial Activity 2017 report of activities: surficial geology and heavy mineral studies in southern Northwest Territories
File formatpdf
ProvinceNorthwest Territories; British Columbia; Alberta
NTS84M; 84N; 84O; 84P; 85A; 85B; 85C; 85D; 85E; 85F; 85G; 85H; 85I; 85J; 85K; 85L; 94O; 94P; 95A; 95B; 95G; 95H; 95I; 95J; 85B/09; 85B/10; 85B/11; 85B/14; 85B/15; 85B/16
AreaGreat Slave Lake; Mackenzie RIver; Liard River; Hay River; Yellowknife; Fort Simpson; Fort Providence; Nahanni Butte; Fort Liard; Zama City; Steen River; Wood Buffalo National Park; Fort Resolution; Muskeg River; Mackenzie River; Lue Túé Sulái; Jean Marie River; Kakisa River; Sambaa K'e; Trout Lake; Ka'a'gee Tu; Kakisa Lake; Tathlina Lake; Buffalo River; Enterprise; Kakisa; Cameron Hills
Lat/Long WENS-124.0000 -112.0000 62.0000 59.0000
Lat/Long WENS-118.0000 -116.0000 63.0000 62.0000
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; stratigraphy; geochemistry; economic geology; mineralogy; environmental geology; geochronology; paleontology; geophysics; sedimentology; hydrogeology; glacial history; glaciation; Wisconsinian glacial stage; ice flow; deglaciation; ice retreat; sediment dispersal; dispersal patterns; glacial deposits; glacial features; glacial landforms; tills; till analyses; till geochemistry; geochemical dispersion; stratigraphic analyses; mineral deposits; mineral exploration; drift prospecting; base metals; bedrock geology; lithology; mineralization; field work; geochemical analyses; heavy mineral samples; heavy mineral analyses; stream sediment geochemistry; mineralogical analyses; pebble lithology; stream water geochemistry; radiometric dating; radiocarbon dating; fossils; fossil plants; lead; zinc; copper; glacial lakes; isostasy; paleodrainage; isopachs; postglacial deposits; organic deposits; fans; eskers; glacial flutings; exploration methods; geophysical interpretations; seismic interpretations; drillholes; exploration wells; water levels; clasts; fabric analyses; thin section microscopy; glacial erosion; glacial striations; lineations; scour marks; moraines; eolian deposits; dunes; beach deposits; beach ridges; sands; gravels; silts; lag deposits; boulders; clays; macrofossils; sulphide deposits; till samples; galena; sphalerite; chalcopyrite; geochemical surveys; data collections; diamond; mineral occurrences; major element geochemistry; trace element geochemistry; arsenopyrite; isotope geochemistry; sulphur isotope ratios; lead isotope ratios; scanning electron microscope analyses; mass spectrometer analysis; kimberlites; source rocks; pebble counts; source areas; depositional history; grain size analyses; size fractionation; sedimentary rocks; carbonates; limestones; sandstones; shales; quartzites; cherts; conglomerates; ironstone; coal; igneous rocks; intrusive rocks; quartz veins; felsic intrusive rocks; mafic intrusive rocks; metamorphic rocks; metavolcanic rocks; metasedimentary rocks; flow trajectories; provenance; depositional environment; dolostones; models; ice margins; Laurentide Ice Sheet; Canadian Database of Geochemical Surveys; Pine Point Mine; Western Canada Sedimentary Basin; Pine Point Mining District; Glacial Lake McConnell; Mackenzie Drainage Basin; ArcticDEM; Qito Mineral Claim; Canadian Database of Geochemical Surveys (CDoGS); Fort Simpson Formation; Watt Mountain Formation; Sulphur Point Formation; Pine Poin Formation; Keg River Formation; Prairie Creek Deposit; Tom Deposit; Giant Mine; Meguma Gold Deposits; Canadian Shield; Canadian Cordillera; Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin; Great Slave Plain; Interior Plains; Presqu'ile Formation; Last Glacial Maximum; ice-flow directions; glaciolacustrine sediments; alluvial sediments; eolian sediments; Databases; dispersal trains; glaciolacustrine beach sediments; glaciolacustrine littoral sediments; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Quaternary; Paleozoic; Mesozoic; Cretaceous; Devonian; Precambrian
Illustrationslocation maps; geoscientific sketch maps; models; index maps; digital elevation models; satellite images; photographs; lithologic sections; tables; aerial photographs; screen captures; photomicrographs; plots; histograms; bar graphs; rose diagrams
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Mackenzie Corridor, Southern Mackenzie Surficial Mapping
Released2019 01 08
This report summarizes recent accomplishments of the Southern Mackenzie Surficial activity that is focused in the southern Northwest Territories. The report outlines fieldwork conducted in summer 2018 on the regional surficial geology and reconstruction of glacial history based on detailed mapping of palaeo ice-flow indicators and stratigraphy. It also discusses regional heavy mineral for stream sediment and till samples (Day et al., 2018; King et al., 2018). These new data are being used to better understand glacial dispersal of indicator minerals and to identify new potential mineral exploration targets in regions with previously unrecognized subcropping bedrock mineralization in the Paleozoic platform of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
The overall objective of this research activity is to produce new regional geoscience data including surficial geology maps, and geochemical and indicator mineral data and maps to support natural resource exploration. Fieldwork in 2018 built upon the 2017 field program (Paulen et al., 2017) and earlier research conducted by the Geological Survey of Canada in GEM-1 (Oviatt et al., 2015; McClenaghan et al., 2018; Rice et al., in press). Field research in 2018 led to an improved understanding of the regional surficial geology and glacial history of the study area and provided information essential to complete the surficial mapping and related studies.
This publication is a compilation of papers that describe various research activities supported by the Southern Mackenzie Surficial activity. This research is carried out in collaboration with external partners and supports several student thesis projects at four universities. The papers in this report highlight progress over the past year in surficial mapping, indicator mineral research and the glacial history and dynamics of the western sector of the Laurentide Ice Sheet.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This is a summary of 2018 fieldwork and research from the Southern Mackenzie Surficial GEM2 Activity, southern Northwest Territories. It includes highlights from surficial mapping, heavy mineral studies and other derivative research.

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