Southern Superior Field School 2023
Field Studies: Southern Superior
Dates: August 26th – September 3rd, 2023
INSTRUCTORS: Mark Hannington, TAs to be announced
LOCALITY: Temagami/Cobalt/Kirkland Lake/Rouyn-Noranda Ontario/Quebec
OBJECTIVES: This is a field mapping course. Each day will focus on a mapping exercise that will include outcrop mapping, sections, detailed structural measurements and interpretation of structural and stratigraphic relationships among a range of Precambrian volcanic and sedimentary rocks. While the focus will be on developing your mapping skills, every exercise will provide the context for learning about the regional geology of the Southern Superior Province. The localities chosen for each exercise include some of the best-preserved exposures of Archean and Proterozoic volcanic and sedimentary rocks in the world, as well as some of Canada’s most important mineral deposits. We will examine iron ores of the Temagami region, gold deposits of Kirkland Lake, and the copper-zinc deposits of Noranda, as well as some of the challenges facing mineral exploration and the environmental impacts of past mining activities.
Travel: All travel will be in rental vans that will each accommodate you and your gear. Pack your luggage accordingly. The larger your suitcase, the less room for you.
COVID-19: All participants will adhere to Government and Institutional Directives, including all applicable local, provincial, and federal public health directives, as well as guidelines from uOttawa.
Itinerary: We leave Ottawa Saturday, August 26 at 08:00 hrs and return Sunday, September 3 at approximately 20:00 hrs. We will meet each day at the vehicles at 08:30 hrs, following breakfast, with lunches packed and ready for the field. We will strive to return from the field by 17:30 hrs daily. Evenings will be for working on your mapping projects, daily assignments and field notebooks.
Accommodation and meals:
The field school will include 7 nights in cabins near Cobalt, Ontario, followed by 1 night in a hotel in Rouyn-Noranda (all shared accommodation). Be prepared with your own linens (towels etc.) for the 7 night stay in the cabins.
In Cobalt, you will be responsible for the preparation of your own meals (6 nights), including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each cabin is equipped with a full kitchen for this purpose. Important: Bring your own food for at least the first 3 days. There will be a grocery stop mid-week to re-supply.
In Noranda, accommodation will be in hotel rooms (shared accommodation). Breakfast is provided at the hotel, but you will be responsible for your own lunch and dinner.