Survey Metadata

Groundwater, Resource assessment

Northwest Territories


Hydrogeological survey, NTS 95B, C, E, F, G, L, 105I, H, Nahanni National Park Reserve area, Northwest Territories, 1986-1987.

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Survey Description

A hydrogeological sampling program was conducted during the 1986 and 1987 field seasons as part of a resource assessment of the proposed expansion areas of Nahanni National Park Reserve.  Sites sampled include hot and cold springs, mineralized seeps and ponds and iron-precipitating springs.  A total of 114 different spring and surface water sites were sampled in two field seasons. Ten of these were sampled during both field seasons to make a total of 124 samples obtained.  The data are published in Geological Survey of Canada Open File 1686.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Hall, G.E.M., Jefferson, C.W., Michel, F.A. (1988). Determination of W and Mo in natural spring waters by ICP-AES (Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry) and ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry): application to South Nahanni Rivera area, N.W.T., Canada. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, v. 30, p. 63-84. (more)
2 Hamilton, S.M., Michel, F.A., Jefferson, C.W. (1988). Groundwater geochemistry, south Nahanni resource assessment area, District of Mackenzie. In Current Research, Part E. Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 88-1E, p. 127-136. (more)
3 Hamilton, S.W. (1990). The application of spring water geochemistry and hydrogeology to a non-renewable resource assessment of the South Nahanni River area, N.W.T. M.Sc. thesis, Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, 169 p. (more)
4 Jefferson, C.W., Spirito, W.A. (2003). Mineral and energy resource assessment of the Tlogotsho Plateau, Nahanni Karst, Ragged Ranges and adjacent areas under consideration for expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1686. (more)
5 Jefferson, C.W., Spirito, W.A. (2003). Non-renewable mineral and energy resource potential of proposed extensions to Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northern Cordillera, Northwest Territories. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1576, 1 CD-ROM. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1985-2003 Nahanni National Park Reserve MERA, Northwest Territories, 1985-1987 (more)
2 2004-2007 Nahanni National Park Reserve MERA 2, Northwest Territories, 2004-2005 (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
60.87° 62.9° -128.97° -123.5°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 95F (Virgina Falls), 95G (Sibbeston Lake), 95B (Fort Liard) and 95C (La Biche River), in the Nahanni Karst-Tlogotsho Plateau area, Northwest Territories.  It represents the eastern proposed extension area to Nahanni National Park Reserve.  The park runs east-west through the study area.

  • Covers parts of NTS 105H (Frances Lake), 105I (Little Nahanni River), 95L (Glacier Lake) and 95E (Flat River), in the Ragged Ranges area of the Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories.  It represents the western proposed extension area to Nahanni National Park Reserve and some of the surrounding area.  It extends as far south as the junction of Flat River and McLeod Creek and almost as far north as latitude 63°.


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