The Late Pliocene and Pleistocene are represented in southern Saskatchewan by sequences of preglacial, glacial, and nonglacial deposits. These have been studied in surface exposures and bore cores and have been subdivided and correlated on the basis of their lithologies. In this study, new observations of magnetic polarity are presented. They reveal a lower preglacial sequence (Empress Group) with reversed polarity, and an upper normally magnetized sequence which contains glacial deposits of pre-Illinoian, Illinoian, and Wisconsinan age and which are correlative with the Saskatoon and Sutherland groups of central Saskatchewan. The reversed preglacial sequence is referred to the Matuyama Zone (Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene: 2.58-0.78 Ma) and the normal glacial sequence to the Brunhes Zone (Middle to Late Pleistocene and Holocene: 0.78 Ma to present). In southern Saskatchewan there is no evidence of glaciation during the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene (Matuyama Chron) which is in marked contrast with parts of the Cordilleran region of western Canada where glaciations occur throughout this time.

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