The new Aklavik: search for the site

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Journal titleEngineering Journal
Pages5257; # of pages: 6
SubjectPermafrost; Soils; cold regions; site surveying; aerial photography
AbstractAklavik has been the main settlement in Northwest Canada since its development started in 1924. It is located in the flat low-lying delta of the Mackenzie River about 68 degrees N. In 1953 the Government of Canada decided to move the entire town in view of the limitations of the old site upon all future developments. A special interdepartmental team was formed to conduct the necessary survey of the delta which has an area of 5,275 sq miles. Preliminary studies were carried out in Ottawa using aerial photographs. In this way the prospective sites for the new town were limited to 12. Further study reduced this number to 4 possibilities. These were studied in detail by field investigations, the final selection being for a site known as East 3 where the new town of Inuvik is now almost ready for occupancy. The field work included the first extensive use of a helicopter in this part of Canada as well as drilling for exploration of local permafrost conditions.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number5573
NPARC number20374423
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Record created2012-07-23
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