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Lab number
Field number
Material dated
Taxa dated
Abies sp. (identified by H. Jetté [GSC Wood Report No. 93-25])
Cape Antrim at western entrance to Chezzetcook Inlet, 1.6 km southeast of Grand Desert and 1.6 km northeast of Seaforth, Halifax County, Nova Scotia
Map sheet
11 D/11
J. Shaw
Measured Age
600 ± 60
Normalized Age
590 ± 60
δ13C (per mil)
geomorphic processes, rates of coastal change
peat overlying till, close to the site of GSC-6495 (shell)
Additional information
The tree would have grown when sea level was 1.5m lower than present.
Comment (J. Shaw): The wood was in growth position, and was embedded in 20 cm of peat overlying till, together with other tree and shrub remains. This indicates a freshwater to brackish environment behind a barrier attached to Cape Antrim, at a period when relative sea level was approximately 1.5 m lower than today. Thus, the tree grew just above the former high tide level. The barrier has migrated landwards, exposing the peat and wood on the foreshore.