Survey Metadata

Well water, Groundwater



Groundwater, lake and stream water, stream sediment survey, NTS 72F, 72K/1, 2, Cypress Hills, southwestern Saskatchewan, 1976.

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Survey Description

Between June 1 and the end of August 1976, approximately 865 wells and 75 springs were sampled in the Cypress Hills area, southwestern Saskatchewan to determine the usefulness of such surveys for uranium prospecting.  On average, one site per 13 km 2 was sampled where possible in the 17,900 km 2 survey area.  The wells were either private wells or pasture stock wells; in some areas, springs were used instead of wells.

Stream waters were also collected at 8 km intervals along the three major rivers.  Detailed stream water and sediment sampling along a sort section of the Frenchman River near the town of Eastend was also carried out.

The data are published in Geological Survey of Canada Open Files 678 (well data only) and 1225 (all data).

Quantities Analysed:

Unacidified water sample from the 320 ml glass bottle analysed in the field laboratory for radon gas, U, F, Eh, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, total alkalinity and bicarbonate alkalinity.  The acidified sample in the glass bottle was shipped to Ottawa and analysed for other dissolved gases and a suite of trace elements.  The 250 ml untreated sample in the polyethylene bottle was archived for reanalysis if necessary.

Sampling Procedure

At each site, 3 bottles of water were collected (one 250 ml polyethylene bottle and two l glass bottles: 310 ml and 320 ml).  At every tenth site three additional bottles were collected (one 250 ml and two 2.5 L bottles, all polyethylene).

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Dyck, W. (1980). Regional well water geochemical reconnaissance data, Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 678. ( more)
2 Dyck, W., Campbell, R.A. (1986). Hydrogeochemical Investigations in the Cypress Hills Area, Saskatchewan. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1225, 92 pages. ( more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1975-1980 Uranium groundwater and stream sediment project, Maritimes and Saskatchewan, 1975-1976 ( more)

Downloadable Files

Index Description Size (bytes)
Raw data for RGG Open Files ( FileID=631 download )
This zip file contains the raw data for 64 geochemical Open Files released by the Resource Geophysics and Geochemistry Division of the Geological Survey of Canada.  The data are in “punched card image” format (i.e. 80 column records), designed to be read by FORTRAN software.

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
49° 50.25° -110° -108°

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

  • Covers NTS 72F (Cypress Lake) and 72K/1 (Gull Lake), 72K/2 (Tompkins) in the Cypress Hills area, southwestern Saskatchewan.  It is bounded to the south by the Canada – U.S.A. border, to the east by longitude 108°W and to the west by the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.


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