Survey Metadata

Soil, Till

Northwest Territories


Soil and till sampling, NTS 87, 88, Victoria Island, Northwest Territories, 1981-1982.

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Survey Description

In 1981 and 1982, Quaternary geological mapping and geochemical sampling were carried out on the Prince Albert and Diamond Jenness Peninsulas, western Victoria Island, Northwest Territories.  The principal investigator for this area was J-S. Vincent.  Till samples were collected from shallow pits (20-30 cm deep), avoiding obvious organics and oxidation.  Deeper pits were dug at selected sites where soils were described and detailed profile sampling was carried out to determine the effect of soil process on the till.  The data are published in Geological Survey of Canada Paper 88-15.

Data Description:

Paper report with data lists.

Quantities Analysed:

<0.002 mm fraction of till for Cu, Pb, Zn, Co, Ni, Ag, Cr, Mo, Mn, Fe, Cd by AAS after hot nitric and hydrochloric acid digestion.  U by fluorometry after nitric acid leach.  As by colourimetric methods after nitric perchloric acid leach.

Geochem Maps Available:

Contour maps showing distribution of elements in till.

Other Analyses:

Colour and granulometry tests; <0.063 mm fraction of till for total carbon and organic carbon using an electric induction furnace-combustion gas carbon analyser (LECO) and acid digestion techniques.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Vincent, J-S. (1984). Quaternary stratigraphy of the western Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In Quaternary Stratigraphy of Canada – A Canadian Contribution to IGCP Project 24, R.J. Fulton (ed.). Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 84-10, p.87-100. (more)
2 Nixon, F.M. (1988). Till sampling program and presentation of physical and geochemical data from western Victoria Island, Northwest Territories. Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 88-15, 35p. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1981-1992 Victoria Island, Nunavut and Northwest Territories, soil and till sampling survey, 1981-1983 and 1987 (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
70.37° 73.63° -119.5° -114°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 87E, F, G, H and parts of 88A, B, C, D, northwest Victoria Island, Northwest Territories.  It includes the Prince Albert Peninsula and Diamond Jenness Peninsula.  It is bounded to the east by 114°W longitude, to the south by Prince Albert Sound and to the west by Prince of Wales Strait.


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