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Preservation of organic matter in early diagenetic chert (148530)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Mrs. Ashley Manning-Berg
Company: Dept of Earth and Planetary Science, University of Tennessee
Start Date: 2017-07-15
End Date: 2017-08-01
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Ancient microbial mats preserved in chert provide the most effective mechanism for understanding Earth’s early biosphere, yet visual analyses of microbial morphologies are rarely accompanied with in situ chemical data. More insight about which microbial processes, such as metabolic processes or decomposition, were active during preservation can be gained from such chemical data. The limestones, dolostones, and sedimentary chert of the Angmaat Formation, near White Bay, Baffin Island contain the most exquisitely preserved 1.2 billion-year-old microbial mats. This project aims to correlate the well-preserved mat morphologies to the preserved geochemical signatures in the mats. Samples collected by Linda Kah during a 1993-1994 field season for a separate, earlier project focused on the geochemistry preserved in the carbonates. With recent advancements in geochemical tools, we can now investigate the preserved chemistry in greater detail. Select samples from the previous field season have been used to begin this research project; however, larger sample volumes are required to perform the chemical analyses. Black cherts were targeted during the earlier field season because they were known to contain preserved microbial morphologies. The proposed field activities will collect various colors of chert to fully characterize the variety of chert found in the Angmaat Formation. The purpose of this trip will be to collect chert and carbonate rocks from surficial outcrops near White Bay, Baffin Island. Hand-held rock hammers and chisels will be used for sample collection. We will pack-in and pack-out and camp in tents for the 18 days that we will be in the field.
Persons: 4
Days: 18
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
2356 polygon Collection area 1
2357 polygon Collection area 2
2358 point Camp Location
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Hammer 4 11" Sampling sufacial outcrops
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Propane 1 4.7 Gallons For cooking at camp
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 We will collect and filter water from local lakes and ponds in the area. Local lakes and ponds near the campsite.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
There will be no environmental impacts from our time in the field.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 9,216 grams none Burial
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-04-19
Originator: Alana Vigna
Public Registry ID: 12457
Document Size: 158.37 Kb
2017-04-07 16:07:04, from: Alana Vigna
 Hi Mrs. Manning-Berg, In your application you stated that samples were taken in 1993/94. Can you confirm whether any other samples were taken in more recent years? Thank you, Alana Vigna

2017-04-08 09:44:10, from: Ashley Manning-Berg
 Ms. Vigna, We have no other samples from Baffin Island that have been collected in recent years. All of the chert samples we have are from the 1993/94 field season. Thank you, Ashley


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?
ii. If no, explain why.
A member of our field party has done research in this location between 1993-1994. There are no carving stones in the area and the field site is not along hunting paths. We will report all of our findings to the appropriate organizations and if other things of interest are found, we will be more than happy to comply.
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 are working with the Polar Continental Shelf Program to arrange logistics for the time we will spend in the field. No other services are required.

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