He Kang Collects More than 70 Samples in Beautiful Northern Ontario

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

View of Brent Crater from the lookout point in Algonquin Park. One of He's research targets is a core drilled from the center of this crater.

View of Brent Crater from the lookout point in Algonquin Park. One of He's research targets is a core drilled from the center of this crater.

 

Graduate student He Kang spent June 13th to 15th in beautiful northern Ontario conducting fieldwork. She traveled to the northern Ottawa Valley with her supervisor Professor George Dix, where they studied sedimentary rock records. Their list of stops included the Ottawa River near Deux Rivières, Cedar Lake and Brent Crater in Algonquin Park, and the Manitou Islands on Lake Nipissing. As their targets were all close to a body of water, they canoed or took a power boat to reach the outcrops. They completed detailed lithostratigraphic mapping of the outcrops and collected more than 70 rock samples. 

 

This picture was taken on the Ottawa River near Deux Rivières. On the left: He sits in the boat in front of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, On the right: George drives the power boat

This picture was taken on the Ottawa River near Deux Rivières. 
On the left: He sits in the boat in front of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks 
On the right: George drives the power boat

 

This trip was vastly different from He's first graduate field experience last October - the weather was wam and sunny and the natural landscape of northern Ontario is uninterrupted and spectacular. 

He is very much enjoying her Master's project. The Paleozoic outliers along or near the northern Ottawa Valley currently lie within the Canadian Shield, but they used to be part of the once expansive, Late Ordovician phase of the St. Lawrence Platform of eastern Laurentia. She visited some of them firsthand on this most recent trip. It's exciting work to reveal how the outliers are stratigraphically and biostratigraphically related to the St. Lawrence Platform in southern and eastern Ontario. To date, no one has ever studied these outliers systematically. 

He's next step is to examine the rocks they collected from the field and choose samples for petrographic analysis. Isotopic analysis for carbon, oxygen and strontium will follow. In the meantime, she will be dating the outliers using the fossils they collected. 

He is an international student from panda’s home province in southwest China. She earned an Honors Bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Waterloo and China University of Geosciences, Beijing through a “2+2” joint academic program. 

 

This picture is of the the main section of the Paleozoic outlier on northern side of Ottawa River, near Deux Rivières. The whole exposed outlier is about 660 meters long and shows 17 meters-thick strata.

This picture is of the main section of the Paleozoic outlier on northern side of Ottawa River, near Deux Rivières. The whole exposed outlier is about 
660 meters long and shows 17 meters-thick strata.