Correlation of palaeobotanical and engineering studies of muskeg (peat) in Canada/La corrélation d'études palé obotaniques et de mécanique des sols sur le muskeg (la Tourbe au Canada)

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AbstractMuskeg is a very important component of the terrain of Canada. Research into this complex material has been in progress for the past 10 years. From the outset, engineers have realized the need of an investigation of a fundanlentally botanical nature to bring some order out of the apparent chaos. The studies were carried out using the principles of palaeohtany and from this has evolved a system of classification of muskeg for the engineer. This classification system is based on surface and sub-surface characteristics of the organic terrain. Surface characteristics of relevance to the engineer include vegetative cover and topography. In the development of the system, sub-surface characteristics were determined from microscopic examinations of samples of the material by a palaeobotanist, who interpreted the results in terms used by engineers. In theapplication of the system, relevant macroscopic sub-surface characteristics are fibrousness and woodiness of the material. Preliminary engineering studies of the properties of muskeg, employing soil mechanics principles, are being linked-both in the laboratory and field-to this classification system.
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