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Mer Bleue open raised bog, dominated by shrubs and mosses located 20 km east of Ottawa (T. Moore)Degero-TM: A sedge (cotton grass) and moss dominated minerogenic fen located west of Umea in northern Sweden (T. Moore)Mid-boreal bog - Mosaik peatland south of the Eastmain-1 Hydro-Quebec reservoir (L. Pelletier)High-boreal patterned rich fen - LG1 site,  James Bay, Quebec (L. Pelletier)Mid-boreal bog - Grand Détour peatland. The sedges were growing in wide lawns separated by elongated hummocks (L. Pelletier)Treed swamp, dominated by trees (yellow birch and hemlock ) and, located at Mont St. Hilaire, 40 km east of Montreal (T. Moore)High-boreal patterned rich fen - LG1 site, James Bay, Quebec (L. Pelletier et al., 2007)

Mer Bleue open raised bog, dominated by shrubs and mosses located 20 km east of Ottawa (T. Moore)

Degero-TM: A sedge (cotton grass) and moss dominated minerogenic fen located west of Umea in northern Sweden (T. Moore)

Mid-boreal bog - Mosaik peatland south of the Eastmain-1 Hydro-Quebec reservoir (L. Pelletier)

High-boreal patterned rich fen - LG1 site,  James Bay, Quebec (L. Pelletier)

Mid-boreal bog - Grand Détour peatland. The sedges were growing in wide lawns separated by elongated hummocks (L. Pelletier)

Treed swamp, dominated by trees (yellow birch and hemlock ) and, located at Mont St. Hilaire, 40 km east of Montreal (T. Moore)

High-boreal patterned rich fen - LG1 site, James Bay, Quebec (L. Pelletier et al., 2007)

Welcome to the Peatland Data Project

Here we present a webpage that provides access to information on the characteristics of peatlands in three parts of Ontario – the southeast, the northeast and the northwest. It is derived from reports (Riley, 1989, 1994a, b and Riley & Michaud, 1989) prepared for the Ontario Geological Survey by John Riley. They contain information on over 400 sites at which a peat core was taken, including vegetative cover, water table position etc. Each core was divided into four sections (thus over 1600 individual peat samples) and analyzed extensively in the laboratory for nutrients and chemical and physical properties. It represents a wealth of information on the peatlands of Ontario, which has been made available through the efforts of John Riley and McGill’s Geographic Information Centre.

The data comprises:

1. A map showing the distribution of the cores (Online map)

2. A map showing additional peatland locations in Ontario. (Online map)

3. An Excel spreadsheet containing information on the site characteristics and the properties of the peat samples (Access form)

4. ArcGIS maps and data from each of the Reports (Access form).

 

If you wish to access this information, please contact us.

Reports:

Riley JL (1989) Laboratory methods for testing peat Ontario peatland inventory project. Ontario Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Paper 145, 51 pp.

Riley JL (1994a) Peat and peatland resources of northeastern Ontario. Ontario Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Paper 153, 155 pp.

Riley JL (1994b) Peat and peatland resources of southeastern Ontario. Ontario Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Paper 154, 167 pp.

Riley JL, Michaud L (1989) Peat and peatland resources of northwestern Ontario. Ontario Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Paper 144, 175 pp.