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Permafrost Map of Canada
Entry ID: GGD604

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Abstract: This map depicts the distribution, characteristics, and boundaries of permafrost and ground ice in Canada. Permafrost classification is based on the proportion of land that is underlain by permafrost within a a given area.Canada was divided into physiographic units, and each unit was classified in terms of permafrost extent and ground ice content. The map shows mountain permafrost as sporadic or isolated discontinuous permafrost, rather than as a separate category. This map can be found in the The National Atlas of Canada, 5th Edition (1978-95) published by Natural Resources Canada. The map and descriptive information was taken from the National Atlas of Canada website © 2002. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada with permission of Natural Resources Canada.
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  N: 85.0   S: 50.0   E: -65.0   W: -142.0

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Dataset Title: Permafrost Map of Canada
Dataset Series Name: GGD604
Dataset Release Date: 2003-05-06
Version: 1
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Phone: 613-992-7813
Fax: 613-992-2468
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Natural Resources Canada
Terrain Science Division
601 Booth Street
City: Ottawa
Province or State: Ontario
Postal Code: K1A 0E8
Country: Canada
Allard, M. and M.K. Seguin. 1987. Le pergélisol au Québec nordique: bilan et perspectives. Géographie physique et Quaternaire 41(1): 141-152. Bostock, H.S. 1970. Physiographic Regions of Canada. Map 1254A. Scale 1:5,000,000. Energy Mines and Resources Canada, Geological Survey of Canada. Ottawa, Canada. Brown, R.J.E. 1978. Permafrost/Pergélisol. Hydrological Atlas of Canada / Atlas hydrologique ... View entire text
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DIF Creation Date: 2003-05-06
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18