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Cretaceous High Arctic paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate change (149092)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Claudia
Company: Carleton University
Start Date: 2019-07-05
End Date: 2019-08-09
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The proposed field project is a continuation of our field season conducted in July, 2014 under the NIRB File No. 14N012, Nunavut Water Board File 8WLC-CHA1415 and Scientific Research License 02 034-14N-M. In 2014 we visited three localities of which two we would like to visit again in July 2019. In addition, we like to amend this project with two additional localities which are Strand Fiord on Axel Heiberg Island and Eidsbotn Graben on Devon Island. Our geological investigation is seeking answers to the following questions: 1. How did Arctic environments react to the massive volcanic eruptions and their gas emissions that took place during the Cretaceous in the High Arctic, called the High Arctic Large Igneous Province? 2. How warm was the Arctic region during the Cretaceous and how small was the temperature gradient between low and high latitudes during that time? 3. How did the Cretaceous polar marine ecosystem react to climate changes, weathering patterns and associated runoff into the ocean? For example, how was marine plankton affected by those changes? 4. What biotic crises took place in the Cretaceous Arctic Ocean and how did life recover? The purpose of our study is: a) expand our detailed analyses into the underlying Jurassic Period (Glacier Fiord and Lost Hammer Diapir localities); b) to study stratigraphic relationships and interactions between marine sediments of the ancient Sverdrup Basin and magmatic pulses of the High Arctic Large Igneous Province (Strand Fiord locality); and c) to study the Upper Cretaceous Kanguk Formation on the Arctic Platform (Devon Island) where siliceous algae such as diatoms are pristinely preserved. This additional research feeds into our overall approach that aims to a) understand ancient marine passage ways that connected the Sverdrup Basin during Cretaceous time and with that revise existing paleogeographic maps, and b) try to understand phases when large amounts of CO2 were buried in sediments and how such phases in the past affected ecosystems at that time. An improved understanding of the past will allow us to project how the present Arctic Ocean might change as the earth continues to warm.
Persons: 4
Days: 36
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5080 point New project geometry
5081 point New project geometry
5082 point New project geometry
5083 point New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Bulk Sample
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
NWB: Approval to Use Water/Deposit Water Without a Licence
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class II
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
pick ax 1000 15 cm3 a pick ax will be used to take small sediment samples in the amount of one zip-lock bag along sedimentary sections in intervals of 1 to 5 m
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 1 25 Liters to fuel a Coleman Stove for cooking and to operate a small generator for charging camera batteries and satellite phone batteries
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 filling a canister nearby flowing glacial streams
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
We will leave next to no impact on the environment. We shall fly all garbage including toilet tissue out when we depart each locality. At each locality we will have four small sleeping tents and one cook tent. At departure all materials will be taken, nothing will be left. PCSP will clean up any fuel drums necessary for logistics support.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater approximately 2 litres per day for washing dishes a biodegradable soap will be used will be buried at least 35 meters from water ways
Sewage (human waste) less than one half cubic meter tissue paper will be added to garbage which will be flown out at departure buried 10 inches deep at least 35 m away from water ways
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-03-19
Originator: Claudia
Public Registry ID: 15580
Document Size: 222.91 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-05-15
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16529
Document Size: 294.88 Kb
2019-03-19 12:30:15, from: Claudia
 I am at the beginning of the license process since I was instructed by the Nunavut Research Institute to proceed with the land use document first before I can apply for the research license, water use license and paleontological permit. I hope to hear from the Hamlet of Grise FIord in the nearest future in order to establish our fourth field member and discuss an outreach project of mutual interest.

2019-03-19 16:59:52, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Claudia, I have released the application to you so you could please select Authorizing Agencies from which you will be requiring a license for this project e.g. Nunavut Research Institute, Nunavut Water Board...Once completed, please resubmit the application. Thanks Goump

2019-05-06 12:55:32, from: Claudia
 I have applied for the research license, but thought I had to wait for your assessment for the Nunavut Water Board License. Unfortunately I overlooked this message. I will start that one today. I also have applied for the Paleontological Collection License. Thank you, Claudia

2019-05-07 13:47:28, from: Claudia
 The application for the Water Board License has now been submitted. Thank you, Claudia


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
as we approach each camp locality we need to fly a round of reconnaissance to locate water sources and suitable camp locality, this will be kept to a minimum in avoidance of disturbing any possible wildlife
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
ii. If no, explain why.
I was planning to have this discussion with the Hamlet of Grise Fiord. I indicated in my correspondence that I am open for discussions on creating outreach material for the science education in Grise Fiord and other Arctic schools. This was also done from our last field season in 2014; I created a science documentary called Arctic Greenhouse that was distributed for outreach in the North. This year I would like to have the input of local residents for a follow-up project.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
I am in contact with the Hamlet of Grise Fiord in order to hire a local as our fourth team member. At this point the person is not named. If no member can be found from the Grise Fiord community, I will approach Pond Inlet. A project description also translated into Inuktitut was recently emailed to Grise Fiord. For our last 2014 field season Grise Fiord had given their support for our work and an Arctic beneficiary from Iqaluit was hired.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re