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This field guide focuses on glacial history, dynamics and processes, and postglacial landscape adjustments in the southern Fraser Plateau region. Located between the Coast and Columbia Mountains in south-central British Columbia, Canada, the southern Fraser Plateau was near the geographic center of the last (marine oxygen isotope stage [MIS] 2) Cordilleran Ice Sheet (CIS). The transition from cold to warm-based ice during MIS 2 is recorded in till sedimentology and structural geology. The perceived absence of large deglacial recessional moraines has been used as evidence that ice regionally stagnated because of a rapid rise in equilibrium line altitude. However, glacioisostatic rebound orientations, ice-marginal channel and grounding-line and push moraine distributions, and reconstructions of late-glacial ice-marginal lake evolution suggest a systematic northwestward pattern of active ice-margin retreat toward the Coast Mountains, accompanied by regional thinning. Eskers and erosional corridors record drainage of supraglacial lakes or ice-marginal water sources in or over thin ice. Many ice-dammed lakes drained catastrophically. Following lake drainage, streams incised valley fills, leaving behind terraces capped by paraglacial fans and eolian sediment. In sum, we examine (1) valley-fill sediments that record Quaternary history dating back to the early or mid-Pleistocene; (2) till, moraines, erosional corridors, and eskers that provide evidence for MIS 2 CIS dynamics and hydrology; (3) late-glacial ice-marginal lake sediments and landforms that allow reconstruction of lake evolution and drainage, and changing ice-margin positions; and (4) the character and ages of river terraces, paraglacial fans, and eolian sediments that record the timing and nature of postglacial landscape adjustments.

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