Lithological and geochemical dispersal in till: McAdam area, New Brunswick

Andrew J. Stumpf, Bruce E. Broster, Allen A. Seaman

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Analyses of dispersal patterns for till clasts and matrix geochemistry in the McAdam area, southwestern New Brunswick, are used to define the dominant glacial transport direction in an area of ice-flow complexity, as indicated by multiple and differing striae directions. Dispersal and erosional data indicate that the main (regional) southeastward flow direction was preceded and followed by secondary deviations, due to local influences of topography and substrate and possibly also from changes within the ice mass or surrounding glaciers. Clast trains are traceable from known outcrops, southward over distances greater than 16 km, whereas distinctive geochemical trains are lost within 10 km of transport, due to homogenization of the till matrix. These results demonstrate that for drift prospecting, transport path and source unit are more clearly delineated by shape and size of till clasts and matrix dispersal patterns, than by analysis of directional indicators caused by glacial erosion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-42
Number of pages12
JournalAtlantic Geology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology


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