Golden Deposit, Arctic Canada

Golden Deposit, Arctic Canada
Golden Deposit, Arctic Canada

Fieldwork at the Golden Deposit of the Fort Norman Region in the Canadian Arctic focuses on understanding the oxidation processes and the preservation of organic biosignatures in a permafrost dominated environment.

Biopreservation is expected to be relatively low in the active layer but below this zone the preservation of organics is increased due to the retarding effects of permafrost on aqueous flow and oxidation. The Golden Deposit is an important analog for other permafrost-rich planets with the potential for life, such as Mars.