Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduate Honours Project : A magnetic survey of the Manicouagan Impact Structure

Following recent mineral exploration activities, high-resolution airborne magnetic data have been obtained from the Manicouagan region of northern Quebec. Manicouagan is the 4 th largest known impact structure on Earth (90 km diameter) and was formed in the late Triassic (214 Ma ago) within a predominantly Grenville-age (~1 Ga) metamorphic terrain. An impact-generated melt sheet and central uplift of basement rocks constitute the main island.

As part of the Manicouagan Impact Research Program, led by the Planetary and Space Science Centre at UNB, Dr Karl Butler and Dr John Spray are seeking an undergraduate student to carry out geophysical modeling of the central part of this well-exposed impact structure.

The goal is to complement ongoing ground-based field activities and drill core information that reveals the internal structure of the central uplift region. The aim is to better understand the subsurface structure of the impact crater by integrating magnetic data with the distribution of lithologies and tectonic features.

If you are interested and eligible to apply for an undergraduate student honours project (typically a student with one year of study left to complete, and possessing a GPA of no less than 3.0), please contact Karl Butler (Email Karl) or John Spray (Email John) for further details. The project could also constitute a GE 5943 Research Project report or a ESCI 4913 Directed Studies course.

NOTE: Undergraduate students interested in assisting in the Manicouagan program, and who enjoy the outdoors, are encouraged to contact Karen Shea, centre administrator for PASSC via email (Email Karen) regarding potential summer employment.