Permafrost in North America

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Proceedings titleTechnical Paper, Division of Building Research, National Research Council Canada
ConferenceProceedings: Permafrost International Conference: 11 November 1963, Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Pages26; # of pages: 5
SubjectPermafrost; Soils; history; construction technology; Sol; pergélisol; histoire; technologie de la construction
AbstractThis paper gives a brief history of permafrost investigations in North America starting with the observations of early explorers. In more recent years a concerted attempt has been made to deal with the problems resulting from construction and transportation in permafrost regions. Expeditions down the Mackenzie River led to the establishment of a small research lab. at Norman Wells. The work of the Geological Survey of Canada all over the north is well known. Selection of the new townsite of Inuvik and the new town of Thompson, where a nickel mine is now in operation, are recent projects that have greatly enhanced our engineering knowledge of permafrost beyond what existed when the Alaska Highway and the Hudson Bay railway were built.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number9268
NPARC number20375549
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Record created2012-07-23
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