Survey Metadata

Vegetation, Surface water

Nova Scotia


Reconnaissance biogeochemical and hydrochemical survey, parts of NTS 11D, E and 21A, H, central Nova Scotia, 1994

Location map

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Survey Description

During a four week period starting in mid-May 1994, vegetation samples were collected from approximately 925 sites within a 5600 km2 area of central Nova Scotia.  Samples were collected at an average density of 1 site per 7 km2.  In general, samples were collected at 2 km intervals along drivable roads and tracks with some helicopter support for accessing remote areas.  Three trucks were used, each with a crew of two.  Vegetation samples were selected from a site at least 50 m from a highway or 10 m from a little-used track.  At most sites samples of outer bark of red or black spruce was collected as well as twigs of balsam fir.  Usually 5-7 twigs, each comprising 5-7 years grown (commonly 35-40 cm length of twig).  Geological Survey of Canada Open File 3221 presents data from the 786 sites at which balsam fir twigs were collected.  The spruce bark data have not yet been published.

At most sites, where possible, a stream water sample was also collected. The data have not yet been published.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Dunn, C.E., Balma, R.G., Spirito, W.A. (1996). Reconnaissance biogeochemical survey, central Nova Scotia (parts of NTS 11D, E, and 21A, H): Part I - balsam fir twigs. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 3221. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1993-1997 Nova Scotia biogeochemical and hydrogeochemical surveys, 1993-1995 (more)

Downloadable Files

Index Description Size (bytes)
Nova Scotia stream water data, 1994-1995 ( FileID=900 download)
MS Excel spreadsheet containing the analytical data for Nova Scotia stream waters collected in 1994 and 1995.
Diskette to accompany GSC Open File 3221 ( FileID=285 download)
This diskette contains two digital files for GSC Open File 3221.  OF3221.TXT is an ASCII comma-delimited file that can be imported into many software packages (e.g. MS-Excel, MS-Access).  It can also be viewed in programs such as Notepad.  The file Inaabftw.txt is also an ASCII comma-delimited file with INAA data for balsam fir twigs.  The numbers are different from the file containing both INAA and ICP-ES data.  It is also much smaller.  It is uncertain what this file represents.
Introductory text for GSC Open File 3221 ( FileID=622 download)
This PDF file contains the introductory text for GSC Open File 3221.  It was scanned from the original document.  The data are not included in this file.

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
44.8° 45.38° -64.3° -62.8°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 11D, E and 21A, H in central Nova Scotia.


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