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Outcrop at Georgian BayLITHOPROBE is Canada's national Earth science research project to investigate the 3-dimensional structure and evolution of Canada's landmass and continental margins.


Research is conducted in a coordinated, integrated, multidisciplinary fashion:

  • Geological, geochemical and geophysical research all play key roles
  • Seismic techniques spearhead the research

LITHOPROBE is a collaborative research project that cumulatively has involved more than 900 scientists working in:

  • Universities across Canada
  • Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)
  • Provincial and Territorial Geological Surveys
  • Mining and Petroleum Industries

The research program is coordinated yet decentralized:

  • 10 transects (study areas) have been selected for key, representative geological targets
  • These transects span not only Canada, but time itself. Geological processes are investigated that occured between 4000 million years ago and the present
  • Multidisciplinary teams are assembled from across Canada for each transect
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