Chuqiao Huang

Ph.D. Candidate
ARISE Research Group

Areas of interest

Refining the chronostratigraphy of the Nanaimo Group using Detrital Zircon geochronology, Vancouver Island, Canada

The Nanaimo Group is a 4km thick Late Cretaceous package of sedimentary strata outcropping on Vancouver Island. Extensive coal deposits in the Nanaimo Group were economically important and drove development of the earliest European settlements on Vancouver Island. The Group was heavily faulted, folded, and modified by Cenozoic deformation events, limiting the application of “conventional” geological methods in understanding the Group. I use Detrital Zircon Geochronology, a comparatively modern technique, to learn more about the history of the Group, and build upon the existing knowledge.