Survey Metadata




Multi-year till sampling surveys, province of Alberta, 1953-1968.

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Survey Description

Approximately 475 till samples were collected from over 65% of the province of Alberta during 1958-1963.  Sampling was carried out over areas covered by the continental Keewatin ice sheet.  The unsampled areas were covered by drift from the Rocky Mountains (i.e. along southwestern margin of the province), were difficult to access or were covered by deposits other than till, as in northern Alberta where large areas are covered by lacustrine sediments.  Some samples were collected by Alberta Soil Survey staff during the course of their fieldwork.  A summary of the work is published in CJES v.4 and in Research Council of Alberta Bulletin 26.

Data Description:

Paper report.

Quantities Analysed:

Fraction not stated; analyses of Cu, B, and Cu by a rapid powder-spark technique, using an emission spectrograph.  Fe, Mn, and Ca by XRF; Zn and Mo by a DC arc rack-up technique.

Geochem Maps Available:

Contour plots show dispersal of selected elements in till.

Other Analyses:

Inorganic carbon by LECO.  Clay minerals by X-ray diffraction with follow-up chemical analysis on selected samples; light mineral analysis (S.G. <2.75); carbonate; pH.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Bayrock, L.A., Pawluk, S. (1967). Trace elements in till of Alberta. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 4, p. 597-607. (more)
2 Pawluk, S., Bayrock, L.A. (1969). Some characteristics and physical properties of Alberta tills. Research Council of Alberta Bulletin 26, 72 p. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1953-1969 Alberta till sampling surveys, carried out between 1958 and 1963 (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
49° 60° -120° -110°

The geographic extent of the survey is defined by the following polygons:

  • Covers 65% of the province of Alberta and represents the areas affected by the continental Keewatin ice sheet.  A small portion in the southwest and some parts of the northeast and northwest are excluded from the study area.


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