Abstract

The loess derived soils of the Hinton district provide a record of soil formation for the entire postglacial period. Loess originates from the shorelines of Brûlé Lake and from the sandbars and braided channels of the Athabasca River.The geochronology of the loess, as established through the study of paleosols and volcanic ash beds, indicates that loess deposition was continual but irregular. Soil formation occurred contemporaneously with loess deposition, and varying soil morphologies were attributed to differing local rates of loess accumulation. There was no evidence for marked climatic change during the Holocene in the study area, but increased loess supply after 4000 years BP may reflect gradual change.

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