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TitleHistorical development of a litho- and biostratigraphic framework for onshore Cretaceous-Paleocene deposits along western Baffin Bay
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorHaggart, J W; Dafoe, L TORCID logo; Bell, K M; Williams, G L; Burden, E T; Currie, L DORCID logo; Fensome, R A; Sweet, A R
SourceGeological synthesis of Baffin Island (Nunavut) and the Labrador-Baffin Seaway; by Dafoe, L TORCID logo (ed.); Bingham-Koslowski, NORCID logo (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Bulletin 608, 2022 p. 107-135, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Geological synthesis of Baffin Island (Nunavut) and the Labrador-Baffin Seaway
File formatpdf; html
NTS23I; 23O; 23P; 25A; 25G; 25H; 25I; 25J; 25K; 25L; 25M; 25N; 25O; 25P; 26; 27; 28; 29A; 29B; 29C; 29D; 35P; 36A; 36B; 36C; 36D; 36E; 36F; 36G; 36H; 36I; 36P; 37; 38; 39A; 39B; 39C; 39D; 47E; 47F; 47G; 47H; 48A; 48B; 48C; 48D; 48E; 57E; 57H; 58A; 58D
AreaBaffin Island; Bylot Island; Canada; Greenland; Denmark
Lat/Long WENS -86.0000 -60.0000 74.2500 65.5000
Subjectsregional geology; stratigraphy; structural geology; tectonics; economic geology; fossil fuels; Science and Technology; Nature and Environment; Paleogene; Paleocene; bedrock geology; lithology; structural analyses; stratigraphic analyses; geological history; crustal evolution; tectonic history; basin evolution; rifting; land use; mineral deposits; petroleum resources; hydrocarbons; craton; terranes; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Tertiary; Mesozoic; Cretaceous
Illustrationslocation maps; stratigraphic sections; tables; photographs
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Cretaceous Stratigrphy
Released2022 08 15
AbstractCretaceous-Paleogene strata along the eastern coast of Baffin Island, on Bylot Island, and on associated islands north of Cape Dyer, have been known since the early days of exploration of Baffin Bay in the mid-nineteenth century. Studies of these strata in the 1970s-1990s established their clastic nature and revealed details of their stratigraphy, ages, and depositional settings. Onshore strata in the Cape Dyer area accumulated in close association with volcanic deposits related to late-stage rifting in the Late Cretaceous to Early Paleocene that eventually formed Baffin Bay. In contrast, deposits in more northerly areas, such as the Eclipse and North Bylot troughs on Bylot Island, exhibit similar clastic rocks, but lack conspicuous volcanic strata, and have been associated with either the Sverdrup Basin or the Baffin Bay rift. The litho- and biostratigraphy of these deposits are summarized and discussed in terms of differing and contrasting stratigraphic interpretations, age assignments, and depositional environments.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Knowledge of the bedrock geology and tectonic history of Canada's North, specifically modern map coverage of onshore Baffin Island and offshore stratigraphy and structure of the Labrador-Baffin Seaway, has significantly improved since the commencement of the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) Program in 2008. The Baffin Geological Synthesis provides a digital, publically available, comprehensive document that summarizes the geological and tectonic understanding of Baffin Island and the Labrador-Baffin Seaway that has been developed through GEM and its collaborators over the last decade. The volume is divided into three sections with a total of 14 papers: Part 1 - Precambrian and Paleozoic; Part 2 - Mesozoic to Present; and Part 3 - Land Use.

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