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Barnes Ice Cap Disappearing (149250)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Gifford Miller
Company: University of Colorado
Start Date: 2020-07-27
End Date: 2020-08-11
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
The Barnes Ice Cap is the final remnant of the giant Laurentide Ice Sheet that covered most of Canada during the last Ice Age. It has been stable for the past 3000 years, but is now melting at all elevations in the face of increasing summer warmth. Even with no additional warmth, we project its disappearance within a few hundred years. The goal of our research is to determine whether the Barnes Ice Cap disappeared during earlier interglacials, or whether its disappearance is unprecedented in more the two million years. To address this question we will take small rock cores of bedrock at the margin of the current ice cap and analyze those rock cores for unusual nuclides that would have been created if the ice cap had disappeared in the past. We use a back-packable gasoline-powered drill to take a 10 cm diameter bedrock core about four meters long, which we will take to our laboratory for analysis. The field season will be about two weeks from a base camp at the northern margin of the Barnes Ice Camp, where we have had a base camp in the recent past (2009), and a Twin Otter can land on a gravel bar.
Persons: 6
Days: 15
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5892 polygon Barnes Ice Cap
5894 point Lewis Camp
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Rock Drill 1 0.5x2 m Drill 4 rock cores in bedrock at edge of Barnes Ice Cap 10 cm in diameter and 4 meters long
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 12 200 Liters Fuel for helicopter
Gasoline 4 1 Liters Fuel for camp stove
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
1 Stream Lewis Camp
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Proposed mitigation measure expected to ensure minimal impact
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 5 persons for 15 days biodegradable toilet paper burial, at leas 100 m from nearest water
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-12-04
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17048
Document Size: 270.38 Kb
Category: Application related document - Other document
Recieved: 2019-12-03
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17046
Document Size: 558.26 Kb


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?

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?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
We have participated in the Environmental Training Program at Arctic College, Iqaluit, including joining the winter team visiting a local lake and taking sediment cores from that lake with our coring gear. That was so successful that the leaders have purchased their own coring gear so they can do that on their own
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.
We require helicopter and Twin Otter support for our logistics, which we will charter from local sources (Kenn Borek and Polar Continental Shelf Project).

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