Summer 2016 field studies by Leigh van Drecht (M.Sc. student) focused on Jurassic strata of the Whitehorse trough that document synorogenic sedimentation in central Yukon during the early development of the North American Cordillera. This work is part of our “Tectonics and paleogeography of ancient orogens” research program. Leigh’s project will identify the stratigraphic architecture of the Whitehorse trough and determine contact relationships with underlying basement rocks assigned to Stikinia. Detrital zircon (U-Pb & Hf isotope) studies of key rock units will reconstruct the source-to-sink history of the Whitehorse trough and constrain the crustal evolution of adjacent source terranes. This work is supported by the Yukon Geological Survey and NSERC.
Summer 2016 field studies by Stefanie Lode (postdoc researcher) focused on sandstones of the Humber Zone that have the potential to be economically important to Newfoundland and Labrador. This work is part of our “Reservoir quality and sandstone provenance” research program in Atlantic Canada. Stef Lode’s project integrates field stratigraphic studies with SEM-MLA (Mineral Liberation Analysis) techniques in order to constrain the reservoir quality and porosity evolution of west-derived, Cambrian passive margin sandstones and east-derived, Ordovician foreland basin sandstones in the Bay of Islands & Port au Port Peninsula areas of western Newfoundland. This research is supported by NL Department of Natural Resources and Nalcor.