Sketch of the Geology and Palaeontology of the Valley of the MacKenzie River

9780217872928: Sketch of the Geology and Palaeontology of the Valley of the MacKenzie River

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1868 Excerpt: ... Art. III. Remarks on the Geology of the valley of Mackenzie River, with figures and descriptions of Fossils from that region, in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, chiefly collected by the late Robert Kennicott, Esq. By F. B. Meek. For what is known of the geology of Mackenzie river valley, we are mainly indebted to the distinguished arctic explorer and naturalist, Sir John Richardson, and Mr. A. K. Isbister. The first of these gentlemen, while acting as Surgeon and Naturalist of Sir John Franklin's overland expedition to the Polar Seas, during the years 1825-6-7, collected much interesting information in regard to the geological formations at various localities along Mackenzie river and its tributaries, all of which is published in the form of an appendix to Sir John Franklin's narrative of his expedition. Again, in 1848, he descended Athabasca, Slave and Mackenzie rivers, in command of an expedition sent out by the British Government in search of the lamented Sir John Franklin and his unfortunate companions. During this expedition he had an opportunity to examine various localities not previously visited, and the additional information thus obtained is published in his interesting "Journal of a Boat Voyage through Prince Rupert's Land." Subsequently Mr. Isbister spent some time in these distant northern regions, during which he visited the Rocky Mountains, and other portions of the country bordering on Mackenzie river; and in Volume XI of the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, he published, in 1855, an interesting paper giving the results of his own observations, and a map on which he colored all that was then known, from the examinations of Sir John Richardson and others, of the geology of the Hudson's Bay Company's territorie...

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