Circum-Arctic Late Tertiary/Early Pleistocene Stratigraphy And Environments - A Preface


  • John V. Matthews
  • Julie Brigham-Grette
  • Charles E. Schweger



...During the 1980s the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initiated a program of joint workshops and cooperative field excursions. The first meeting took place in Calgary, Alberta, in 1984. It dealt with correlation of Quaternary deposits in northwestern North America, but touched on the Tertiary. A second GSC/USGS workshop in early 1987 concerned the Quaternary history of interior basins of Alaska and Canada, but once again the Tertiary became an item of discussion because some of the basins contain a thick sequence of Pliocene and Miocene sediments. It was apparent from the questions that arose at these meetings that there was a need for a dedicated forum on the late Tertiary. The authors organized and convened a workshop with that theme in Denver, Colorado, in October 1987. The papers in this special issue are based on presentations and discussions at that meeting. ...