University of Colorado 1976 Field Season in Eastern Baffin Island


  • J.T. Andrews



Inuit archaeology, Bottom sediments, Research, Geology, Quaternary period, Lakes, Coring, Soils, Microclimatology, Effects of climate on plants, Erosion, Palaeontology, Glacial deposits, Mass balance, Glaciers, Meteorology, Weather stations, Glacial epoch, Glaciation, Palynology, Dyer, Cape, Nunavut, Pangnirtung Fiord region, Kingnait Fiord region, Hall Peninsula, Sunneshine Fiord region, Broughton Island (67 34 N, 63 54 W)


A large programme was carried out during the summer of 1976 by faculty members and graduate students from the University of Colorado's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and Department of Geological Sciences. The research included studies of various aspects of Quaternary geology and chronology, investigations of micropalaeontological fauna from raised marine sediments, studies of weathering and of the role and significance of tors on hill summits (sometimes associated with erratics), and coring of lake sediments. Associated research included studies of cliff erosion, of changes in soils through time, on associations between microclimate and vegetation, and on Eskimo sites and archaeology. Research was concentrated in four primary areas: Broughton Island, including the area south to Canso Channel and north to Kivitoo; Pangnirtung and Kingnait fiords; Sunneshine Fiord and Cape Dyer; and the fiords and bays of the northern Hall Peninsula.