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YGS Publication Details

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Reference Type
Yukon Geological Survey
Document Type
Open File (Geological - Surficial)

Title: Surficial geology of Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay (parts of NTS 115G/2, 6 and 7), Yukon
Keywords: Burwash Landing, climate change, Destruction Bay, geohazards, Geological Hazards, Geomorphology, hydrology, landscape hazards, landslides, Permafrost, Surficial Geology
Map Scale: 1 : 20000
NTS Mapsheet(s): 115G02, 115G06, 115G07
Citation: Kennedy, K.E., 2013. Surficial geology of Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay (parts of NTS 115G/2, 6 and 7), Yukon. Yukon Geological Survey, Open File 2013-14, 1:20000 scale.

Map Location


Local-scale surficial geology mapping was completed as part of a community hazards mapping program coordinated by the Northern Climate ExChange (Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College). This program assesses potential landscape hazards under changing future conditions by incorporating a variety of data sets, including surficial geology, topography (slope and aspect), permafrost distribution, site-specific permafrost data (e.g. ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity tomography and borehole data), analyses of past hydrological and climatological trends, and future climate projections. The surficial geology map describes surface landscape features, sediment texture, genetic material, surface expression and geomorphological processes. Detailed descriptions of local surficial geology and hazard analysis methodology are presented in the accompanying report. The accompanying landscape hazard classification map identifies existing and potential geological hazards such as landslides, permafrost stability and flooding; the hazard map is presented in stoplight colours to provide an intuitive tool for community decision makers aiming to incorporate an adaptation planning framework into existing land use management practices.