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Abstract

A review of practical approaches to drift exploration intended for use by exploration geologists working in drift covered areas is presented. The contrasting styles of glacial dispersal between Labrador, dominated by the effects of the Laurentide ice sheet, and the Island of Newfoundland, affected by small, coalescing ice caps at the glacial maximum and smaller topographically-controlled ice centres during deglaciation, are described. The effect has been to produce longer, ribbon-shaped dispersal trains in Labrador, except in the Labrador Trough near the centre of the Labrador sector of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, and shorter more diffuse dispersal patterns in Newfoundland.

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