Survey Metadata


Ontario, Quebec


Peat sampling survey, NTS 31M, 32D, Rouyn-Noranda area, Ontario and Quebec, 1997.

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Survey Description

Profile samples were collected from peat hummocks and hollows at 41 sites and feather moss from 15 peatland sites within 100 km of the Horne smelter at Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec in 1997.  Mineral sediments from the base of the peat cores were also sampled.  The data are published in Geological Survey of Canada Open File 3882.

Data Description:

Paper report; data files on diskette.

Quantities Analysed:

OF 3882: Peat samples analyzed by ICP-AES after nitric-perchloric acid digestion for 23 elements and by LOI; feather moss by INAA for 23 elements; <0.063 mm fraction of mineral sediment samples by ICP-AES after HNO3-HCl digestion for 23 elements.

The samples were later analysed by ICP-AES after HNO3-HClO4 digestion.  In addition, 24 samples from 4 sites were analyzed by ICP-MS after a 4 step selective extraction.  These new data are published in Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 584.

Geochem Maps Available:

Proportional symbol maps show dispersal of elements in surface peat.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Kettles, I.M., Dion, K.M. (2000). Geochemical composition of hummock and hollow peat and feather moss in the vicinity of the Horne smelter, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 3882, 185 pages (includes diskette). (more)
2 Bonham-Carter, G.F., Kettles, I.M. (2001). Estimating the size of a metal anomaly around a base-metal smelter in Quebec, Canada, using peatland data: a Monte Carlo error analysis, In D.F. Merriam, J.C. Cavis (ed.), Geologic Modeling and Simulation: Sedimentary Systems, Kluwer-Plenum Publishers, New York, p. 303-326. (more)
3 Kettles, I.M., Bonham-Carter, G.F. (2002). Modelling dispersal of metals from a Cu-Zn smelter at Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec, Canada) using peatland data. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 2(1), p.99-110. (more)
4 Kettles, I.M. (2005). Metal distribution in peat hummocks and hollows within 100 km of the Cu smelter, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. In Metals in the Environment Around Smelters: The GSC-MITE Point Sources Project at Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) and Belledune (New Brunswick), G.F. Bonham-Carter (ed.). Geological Survey of Canada, Bulletin 584. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1997-2000 Point Sources initiative - Rouyn-Noranda area, Quebec and Ontario, 1997 (more)

Downloadable Files

Index Description Size (bytes)
Diskette to accompany GSC Open File 3882 ( FileID=357 download)
The diskette contains all of the files released with GSC Open File 3882.

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
47.5° 49° -80° -78°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 31M (Ville-Marie) and 32D (Rouyn-Noranda) in Ontario and Quebec, an area centred around the Horne copper smelter at Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.


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