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Project leaders: Maurice Colpron and Karsten Piepjohn (BGR)

During the summer 2013, YGS collaborated with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, or BGR ) and university researchers from Canada, Germany, France and the United States to conduct multi-disciplinary studies on the Yukon North Slope as part of BGR’s CASE 15 expedition (Circum-Arctic Structural Events). The project was jointly funded by BGR, YGS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris. The project provided logistical support to 20 geoscientists, including 4 graduate students, who focused on structural, stratigraphic and provenance studies, thermochronology, paleontology, sedimentology and assessment of the resource potential. These studies were conducted across North Yukon, from the NWT border westward to the international boundary, and from the Beaufort Sea to the Porcupine River to the south. Key objectives were to test proposed stratigraphic correlations with Neoproterozoic-early Paleozoic successions in Alaska and/or the northern Laurentian margin and to evaluate the role of regional structures in development of the Arctic ocean and the northern Cordilleran orogen.