Queen Elizabeth Islands

New research sites on Ellesmere Island

Paleoclimatic Reconstruction
High Resolution Arctic Lake Sediments

Reconnaissance studies are underway of seven new sites, which have good potential for additional annually-laminated records. The transect will extend our geographical coverage of high resolution lake sediment studies south to southern Ellesmere Island, thereby establishing a network of annually resolved varved lake sedimentary records from ~83°N to ~76°N across the Canadian High Arctic. This will then form the northern section of a network extending from Labrador and southern Baffin Island (by INSTAAR personnel) through the central Arctic (M. Retelle, Bates College) northward. Such a network will fulfill one of the major goals of PALE, which is to develop an extensive spatial network of high resolution sedimentary records for the last 2,000 years.

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Last revised:  15 July 1998